How to Upgrade from OS Mavericks to Yosemite in 2018

How to Upgrade from OS Mavericks to Yosemite

Even though it’s been five years, there are legit reasons why you may not have upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite when it came out in 2014…

Maybe you’re a struggling artist who relies on an older version of Adobe Creative Suite, and you just can’t afford to pay Adobe $600 per year for a subscription.

Or maybe you’re a family with multiple Macs. And one of them, for whatever reason, just never got upgraded from Mavericks…

Or maybe you’re just set in your ways and like things the way they are!

In any event, there are a few reasons why now, several years later, you might want to upgrade from Mavericks to Yosemite.

One of the best reasons to update from Mavericks to Yosemite is that Yosemite allows you to use iCloud. You can share files and use Apple Music.

Also, there is a bunch of updated software such as Photos that was updated with Yosemite.1

The problem is that the Mac App Store doesn’t have Yosemite available anymore.

So where you you get a copy of Yosemite in 2018?

If you call Apple support, as awesome as they are, they will have trouble finding you a copy of Yosemite too… It seems that Apple just wants people to use El Capitan or a higher version of the Mac OS.

How to Upgrade from Mac OS Mavericks to Yosemite in 2018

Good News: Upgrading is possible.

Bad News: You need to find another Mac user who has already upgraded from Mavericks to a subsequent Mac OS, such as Yosemite, or El Capitan.

  1. Find a friend of family member who has downloaded and installed Yosemite on their Mac.
  2. Have them log into your Mac using their Apple ID.
  3. Open the Mac App store.
  4. Click “Purchases” from the main navigation at the top of the App Store. Then log into their “Purchases”.
  5. Find Yosemite in their purchases.
  6. Download it to your computer.
  7. Install it.

How to Upgrade from OS Mavericks to Yosemite in 2018

In my particular case, we are a family with multiple Macs.

My wife’s Mac was running Mavericks and we wanted to upgrade to Yosemite in 2018 (or El Capitan) so that we could still use her Adobe Creative Suite version 6, but also use iCloud with a shared family plan.

So, I logged onto her Mac and logged in under my App Store account. I found a copy of Yosemite in my purchase history and downloaded it.

The install/upgrade worked fine… And now we can share iCloud Drive together!


  1. iPhoto was changed to Photos with the update to Yosemite.