How to Fix “application is damaged, can’t be used to install macOS”Monterey Errors

Last Updated on Oct 18, 2021

While installing macOS Update via macOS Installer application, you may find a prompt error saying,” This copy of the Install macOS [version]-save.app application is damaged and can’t be used to install macOS.” Unfortunately, there’s no way to install and update macOS to the latest macOS update with this error message. Why is Mac showing application is damaged, can’t it be used to install macOS? It happens when the certificate is expired to install macOS Update; however, there are several workarounds to fix this issue and install macOS Update.

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Make sure your Mac is connected to a stable internet connection, and if you’re on MacBook, then keep it charged or plug it to charge for completing the process flawlessly without sticking anywhere.

Fix “applicable is damaged, can’t be used to install macOS” Error

Method 1: Delete and Reinstall macOS System Installers

The simplest ways to eliminate the Error, “This copy of the Install macOS .app application is damaged, and can’t be used to install macOS.” from the Mac while installing the new macOS Update is removing the installer and reinstalling it as new. The new installer will come with a fresh certificate which is obviously not expired.

Visit the Apple Official Page to download the macOS Installer.

Download the macOS Installer from the“This copy of the Install macOS High Sierra.app application is damaged, and can’t be used to install macOS.” page, and once it is downloaded, reboot the Mac.

The error message appears different for each macOS version, however, it is the same, but you’ll find a macOS Update name within the Error.

  • “This copy of the Install macOS Monterey.app application is damaged and can’t be used to install macOS.”
  • “This copy of the Install macOS Mojave.app application is damaged and can’t be used to install macOS.”
  • “This copy of the Install macOS High Sierra.app application is damaged and can’t be used to install macOS.”
  • “This copy of the Install macOS Sierra.app application is damaged and can’t be used to install macOS.”

Method 2: Modify Application Installer

Here we’ve asked you to delete one of the files that could make the macOS Installer work. This is the only second feasible solution that we see as of now; otherwise, simply contact Apple for more support.

  1. Open Finder in your Mac.
  2. Click on Applications in the sidebar.
  3. Now find the macOS Mojave Installer from the list of applications.
  4. Right-click on the macOS Installer.
  5. Select Show Package Contents.
  6. Select Contents folder.
  7. Find and click on SharedSupport.
  8. Delete the “InstallInfo.plist” file.
  9. You may be asked to enter the administrator password, enter it and confirm.
  10. After deleting that file, run the installer and see if that works.
  11. If this trick doesn’t work for you, then follow Method 1 and reinstall the application installer.

Delete and Re-Download/Install MacOS

Delete Partially Downloaded MacOS file from Applications folder on Mac finder. and Delete the file. delete-macos-setup-file-from-applications-folder-and-re-download

Then go Back to System Preferences on Mac > Software update > Download Latest copy of MacOS 12 [Monterey] on Mac and install.

If still not working then the issue with install Apps or settings. So Try to Download and Install Software Update in safe mode.

Download and Install in Safe Mode

Safe mode on Mac check the Software issue on Mac startup and fix automatically during Mac reboot in safe mode. So identify the Mac model M1 or Intel Mac and Get How to Put your Mac in Safe mode. Next, Download and Install latest macOS On your Mac.

Now, on next restart your Mac automatically exit from Safe mode.

Recovery Mode Reinstall

This is Also safe way to download new latest copy of MacOS and install without any data lose or setting. So first Put your Mac in Recovery mode and choose option for Reinstall macOS and That’s it.

I recommend to take Time Machine backup for your Data safety.

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