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macOS Monterey Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know



The macOS Monterey beta wiped out some glaring issues, but there are still a number of macOS Monterey problems plaguing Mac users right now.

Apple’s pulled its long-awaited macOS Monterey operating system out of beta testing. The update is available to download right now and it brings a long list of new features including upgrades to Safari, Messages, Maps, Privacy, and a whole lot more.

macOS Monterey also brings under-the-hood improvements and some Mac users are already noticing some big changes in performance after moving their device up from macOS Big Sur and older macOS software.

On the flip side, some users have run into macOS Monterey bugs and performance issues. Some of these issues have carried over from macOS Big Sur and older versions of macOS, others are brand new.

In this guide to macOS Monterey problems we’ll take you through the current state of these issues. We’ll show you where to find potential fixes for the most common macOS Monterey problems and provide you with some resources that should help if do you run into trouble.

We’ll also touch on the macOS Monterey downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and macOS Monterey down the road.

macOS Monterey Problems

As we push away from macOS Monterey’s release, we’re seeing a variety of complaints from Mac users. Some of the problems are minor, others are far more problematic.

The current list of macOS Monterey problems includes some very common issues. Mac users are having trouble downloading and installing the new operating system. If your macOS installation gets stuck, try powering your Mac off and on. This typically resolves the issue.

We’re also seeing complaints about long download times, abnormal battery drain, UI lag, Touch ID issues, issues with first and third-party applications, iMessage issues, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth problems, issues with USB devices, lockups, freezes, and crashes.

We’ve also heard that some Mac users are running into memory leak issues where applications and processes are staying active for longer than they should. In turn, they’re using up abnormal amounts of memory/RAM.

We expect the list of macOS Monterey problems to grow as more people transition from macOS Big Sur, and other versions of macOS, to macOS Monterey.

If you haven’t downloaded the macOS Monterey update yet, we recommend preparing your Mac for the download. Some prep work ahead of time can help you avoid major headaches.

We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will take you through the best way to prepare for the move.

Where to Find macOS Monterey Reviews

If you’ve already moved to macOS Monterey or if you’re planning to upgrade in the near future, you’ll want to sift through feedback from early adopters. This feedback will alert you to potential bugs and performance issues.

We recommend keeping an eye on YouTubeApple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about macOS Monterey’s performance.

We’ve also put together a list of the best reasons to, and not to, install macOS Monterey on your Mac today. It’s worth a look if you’re on the fence about whether or not to upgrade.

How to Fix macOS Monterey Problems

Some issues might require a fix from Apple. Others you might be able to fix on your own.

Before you make an appointment at your local Apple Store, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common macOS Monterey problems. You may be able to find what you’re looking for in that guide.

If you’re noticing abnormal battery drain on your Mac, we’ve also released a guide that shows you how to fix macOS Monterey battery life problems.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or with customer support via Apple’s website.

If you still can’t fix your issue(s), you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store. They should be able to diagnose your problem in minutes.

macOS Big Sur Downgrade

It’s possible to downgrade from macOS Monterey to macOS Big Sur or older macOS software. There is no time limit and it’s easy if you have a good backup for your Mac.

If you want to get your Mac off of macOS Monterey, you just need to start your Mac in safe mode and choose Restore from Time Machine Backup.

This will take some time, so you’ll need to stay patient, but it’s an option if you can’t wait for Apple to release the next version of macOS Monterey.

What’s Next

Apple’s confirmed a new version of macOS Monterey.

The company’s put a new macOS Monterey 12.1 update into beta testing and if your problems are real bad, you might want to try it out on your Mac.

We don’t have an official macOS Monterey 12.1 release date yet, but we expect the software to roll out sometime in November or December alongside iOS 15.2 for iPhone and iPadOS 15.2 for iPad.

For more on macOS Monterey 12.1 and the beta, check out our guide. For more on the macOS Monterey 12.1 release date, check out our walkthrough.

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Install macOS Monterey for Better Security

Install macOS Monterey for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the macOS Monterey update right away.

macOS Big Sur brings 30+ new security patches to your Mac. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

In addition to those patches, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

New Mail Privacy Protection helps prevent senders from tracking your Mail activity and there's a new recording indicator in Control Center for apps that are accessing your mic.

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