How To Download Mac OS X Lion And Mountain Lion For Free?

Still have an old Mac? Time to update it.

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While most users are using the latest macOS versions and expecting macOS Monterey later this year, Apple has decided to offer Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion free. The two operating systems were released in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Originally reported by MacWorld, the two can be downloaded from Apple’s support website. Previously, users had to pay $19.99 to upgrade to the latest version of OS X.

Can I Run OS X Lion and Mountain Lion?

Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion can only be installed on Macs launched before 2012 and might require a factory reset to install.

The minimum requirements for OS X Lion are:

  • A Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3/i5/i7, or Xeon processor
  • 2GB of system memory
  • 7GB of available space
  • Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply
  • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.

The minimum requirements for OS X Mountain Lion are:

  • A Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3/i5/i7, or Xeon processor
  • 2GB of system memory
  • 7GB of available space
  • Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply
  • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.

If you have an older Mac, you can now install these old operating systems for free.

Downloading MacOS X Lion and Mountain Lion

You have two options for installing the two OSes.

1. Buy the OS from Apple’s App Store for $19.99.

2. Download and install them from the support pages.

Let us see how to download them.

1. To download OS X Lion, visit the support page for Mac OS X Lion here.

2. Then, click the blue Download button. The page also mentions the system requirements.

Mac OS X Lion support page
Mac OS X Lion support page

3. Then, to download OS X Mountain Lion, visit the support page for Mac OS X Mountain Lion here.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion support page
Mac OS X Mountain Lion support page

4. Finally, click the blue Download button. The page also mentions the system requirements.

And, you’re done! This is how you can download the old OS X versions with ease.

Do you still have an old Mac? Let us know in the comments below.

Siddharth Dudeja

Siddharth Dudeja

An engineering student with a keen interest in most aspects of technology. Likes to write about Microsoft, Apple, Laptops, Gaming, etc.

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