How to Fix the Most Common macOS Monterey Problems

Get your Mac working right again with these troubleshooting steps.

Like any other operating system, macOS Monterey can occasionally have some bugs that can affect your computer's performance. Here are some of the most common problems you might experience with macOS Monterey and how to fix them.

Why Is macOS Monterey Not Working?

Any number of issues can cause Monterey not to perform correctly. In some cases, it's a glitch or corruption in the software, but in other cases, it might be an outdated driver or incompatibility issue with your software. Some of the most common reasons macOS Monterey is not working can include:

  • Incompatibility issues: If your Mac isn't compatible with macOS Monterey, you could encounter problems when installing Monterey. Check Apple's macOS Monterey compatibility list to ensure your computer is compatible with Monterey.
  • Not enough storage space: If your system doesn't have enough free space, it can cause issues with the installation of the Monterey software or even problems after you've installed the operating system.
  • Your system needs a restart: If you haven't restarted your Mac in a while, it's a good idea to restart it before you begin any upgrade to ensure there's no glitch to interfere with installing the upgrade.

How to Fix Common macOS Monterey Issues

Any operating system can have minor errors or glitches when first released. That's because, despite the fact most developers test their software products extensively, they can't always find every single problem. Here's how to fix some of the most common issues that might arise with Monterey.

  1. Restart your Mac. Restarting a computer can solve many temporary glitches than actual issues. Restart your MacBook Pro or other Mac computer to see if it resolves the problems you're having.

  2. Fix post-installation slowdowns. If you've installed macOS Monterey and you find that your system is being particularly slow after the upgrade, there are two things you can do. First, you can try to clear up space on your Mac to see if that might solve the problem.

    Alternatively, you can wait it out. Sometimes the installation files added to your hard drive are automatically removed after the installation files are downloaded. So you could give it 2-3 days after the installation to see if the issue resolves itself.

  3. Update your applications. If the problem you're having can be traced back to an application installed on your Mac before you upgraded, it might be as simple as updating your apps to solve the problem.

  4. If you're having problems with your trackpad or mouse not working correctly, try troubleshooting them (in the case of a Bluetooth peripheral). You can also try using an external mouse if you think there might be physical problems with your trackpad or mouse.

  5. If your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth aren't working, Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences. From there, access your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth settings. Next, make sure you're connected to your Wi-Fi or that you're connected to the Bluetooth device you want to use. If you can't connect, you may need to forget your internet network and then perform the same 'power cycle' to get your Bluetooth working right.

  6. If your Mac won't shut down, the most likely culprit is a stuck app. To fix the problem, make sure all your apps are closed before updating to Monterey. It could also be your computer is corrupted, which means you probably need to reinstall your Mac back up to get things working right again.

  7. Missing features. Be patient. It could take some time to make some features available, so patience is critical if you run into elements that you can't access.

Are There Any Issues With macOS Monterey?

When it was initially released, macOS Monterey did have some missed issues in testing (because, after all, it's hard to put as much pressure on an operating system as the millions of users who are trying to use Monterey).

Another issue that might arise with macOS Monterey is the software is not compatible with the operating system. You can check the compatibility list on the Apple website to make sure your system is upgradeable.

Overall, macOS Monterey is a stable operating system that shouldn't have many issues since Apple has fixed the problem of incompatible systems.

  • How do you solve the problem "macOS could not be installed on your computer?"

    To fix the "macOS could not be installed on your computer" error, restart the computer and try installing again. If that doesn't work, go to System Preferences > Date & Time > lock icon > enter your password > Set date and time automatically and try once more. Finally, you can try freeing up space, deleting the installer, and resetting the NVRAM before attempting to install macOS.

  • How do I report a Mac problem to Apple?

    You can use the Feedback Assistant to let Apple know about an issue. One way to access it is to click the Feedback Assistant icon in the Dock. Alternatively, you can press the Command+Space bar, type Feedback Assistant, and select Feedback Assistant in the results list.

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