How To Get The Free Lion Update For Your New Mac

How To Get The Free Lion Update For Your New Mac

Longstanding owners have to pay $31.99 to upgrade to Lion, but if you’ve purchased a Mac since June 7 you’re entitled to a free upgrade. Here’s how to get it.

Don’t make the mistake of going directly to the Mac App Store, as that will hit you up for the $31.99. Instead, follow these steps, as tested by our art director Ben:

  • Go to and select the appropriate upgrade path.
  • You’ll be asked for date/place of purchase, then asked to log into the Apple ID you purchased the machine with.
  • You’ll then need to confirm the security code on the credit card that is attached to the Apple ID.
  • You are then taken back to the Apple store, with no confirmation screen.
  • You should then get an Order Acknowledgement email within 5-10 minutes containing a redemption/content code for the OS X App Store and a direct link to the store.
  • When the code is entered, Lion starts downloading automatically (so make sure you’re not wasting bandwidth).

You need to complete this process before August 21. Thanks Ben!


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