Apple’s new macOS Mojave update is causing problems for some Mac owners even a week after the initial release. In a surprising turn, there are problems installing macOS Mojave on new MacBook Pro models, but it appears to be working better on older devices.
The macOS Mojave update includes exciting new features for many Mac models, including some as old as 2012. While this is a feature-filled update there are some bugs and performance issues popping up.
Mac users report installation problems, macOS Mojave battery life problems, connectivity problems and other issues. This is an early look at the problems facing users and it may expand as more people start installing macOS Mojave. You can avoid some issues by doing these things before you upgrade.
This guide will show you where to find potential fixes for the most of the problems, including what to do if you can’t find macOS Mojave in the app store.
macOS Mojave Problems
Some of the macOS Mojave problems we are seeing are brand new, while others appear to carry over from the beta or from High Sierra.
The most prominent macOS Mojave problems so far are people not being able to find the update, and slow downloads. Both of these add to the amount of time it takes to install macOS Mojave.
If you don’t see the update, click here to find it in the Mac App Store. If the download is slow, you can try to connect to a wired connection or cancel and restart the update.
Another prominent issue is apps not working on macOS Mojave. If the app only works on HFS+ file systems it will not work on Mojave. For other apps, you likely need to install updates. Many updates are rolling out now. You should install some updates before installing macOS Mojave.
IMPORTANT: if you're planning to upgrade to macOS Mojave, make sure you update BBEdit to 12.1.6 first.
Otherwise you may have problems updating after Mojave is installed. More here: https://t.co/pGNIiQYpH8
— BBEdit (@bbedit) September 21, 2018
We’re keeping our eyes peeled for reports of other issues. We’ve seen problems with WiFi and Bluetooth on recent betas.
Where to Find macOS Mojave Reviews
If you just installed macOS Mojave or are thinking about it, you should dig into the feedback from other users. It can help you solve your own problems and may help you avoid others.
We’ve already compiled our list of reasons to install macOS Mojave and reasons not to upgrade yet. This will help you get started on deciding what you should do.
You can also check out YouTube, Reddit and Apple’s discussion forums for more details and macOS Mojave reviews from regular users. It’s best to look for users who have a similar Mac to you for the most useful information. Or for users who are in the same field or using the same apps.
How to Fix macOS Mojave Problems
You can fix many macOS Mojave problems on your own, without leaving home and going to an Apple Store.
Here’s our guide on how to fix macOS Mojave problems, which will help you fix many issues.
If you can’t see the download use this link to start downloading macOS Mojave. You can’t speed up download if the problem is on Apple’s end, but you may see a faster speed if you plug into your router.
If you have bad macOS Mojave battery life, you can try these fixes for bad Macbook battery life, but keep in mind it may be lower than normal for a day while everything finishes up installing and post-install tasks.
You Can Downgrade to macOS High Sierra
You can downgrade from macOS Mojave to macOS High Sierra if you want to go back to avoid problems and compatibility issues.
This process is straightforward, but will take time. To do this easily you will need a Time Machine backup and enough time set aside to erase your Mac and restore a backup.
This will take you a while to complete, so approach it with caution and with plenty of time set aside.
Unlike the iOS 12 downgrade to iOS 11, this will not go away. It will become harder to use a Time Machine backup the longer you use macOS Mojave because full backups will eventually be overwritten.
What’s Next for macOS Mojave
If you are experiencing macOS Mojave problems and you don’t want to downgrade there is hope and help on the way.
App updates will come fast now that the update is out. Check to see if there is an update that works with Mojave and solves your problems. In some cases you may need to buy a new version as you update.
Apple is also likely working on the first macOS Mojave update. This may be macOS 10.14.0.1, or a similar number. Typically these include lots of bug fixes and it could come out as soon as next week.
After this, look farther out and you can expect to see macOS 10.14.1 arrive later this year. This version will likely coincide with iOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.1 and will likely include Group FaceTime support that missed the initial release.
Install macOS Mojave for Dark Mode & Dynamic Desktop
One of the biggest macOS Mojave features that you will see when you install the update is Dark Mode and the next is the dynamic desktop.
With the macOS Mojave Dark Mode you get a better focus on the app you are working in, while the rest of the system fades into the background. This is built-in to Apple apps, and they allow third-party support so you can expect to see widespread use. If you prefer the normal brighter view, you can keep that.
No matter which mode you use, the desktop will change during the day, based on the time. You'll see the sun or the moon move across a sand dune. This is an optional feature, and it's kind of like a Live Photo. This will only work with Apple official desktop backgrounds.
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