13 Common MacOS Monterey Problems and Their Solutions

Whether you’re a Mac enthusiast or new to the ecosystem, facing macOS Monterey problems is frustrating. But fret not! We’re here to lend a helping hand and steer you towards smooth sailing with our 13 common macOS Monterey problems and their solutions guide.

From app crashes to connectivity issues, we’ve got you covered with practical solutions to keep your Mac running smoothly.

Let’s go deep and tackle those challenges together.

13 Common MacOS Monterey Problems and Their Solutions

First, not every Mac user faces the same macOS Monterey problems, and don’t have the same solution when they do. Case in point, each problem can have multiple solutions according to their reasons.

So, we want to categorize the 13 common macOS Monterey problems under 4 sections based on their type. Also, we’ll discuss their reasons behind and easy solutions for each problem for your convenience.

You can easily find out the problem that you face and fix it faster by navigating to the problem you’re facing.

Section A: App Related Issues

Alfred, Bartender, or Notion are just 3 names of common apps that most of the Mac users like you use to ease their tasks and save time. We talk about app related macOS Monterey problems under section-A.

Problem 1: App Crashing or Freezing Issue

You’re using any of the apps, and suddenly notice it isn’t working as usual. That means your app is crashing or freezing. However, it can happen while launching or in the middle of the work.

App Crashing Reasons

  • Outdated apps lacking compatibility with macOS Monterey.
  • Software conflicts or glitches causing instability.
  • Insufficient system resources leading to performance issues.
  • Corrupted app files or incomplete installations.
  • Overloaded background processes impacting app performance.

Solution 1: Updating Apps

  • Open the ‘App Store’ from the Dock or Spotlight.
  • Click on your profile picture in the bottom-left corner.
  • Scroll down to the “Updates Available” section.
  • Click “Update” next to the app to update it to the latest version. (As like the screenshot)
Click Update next to the app

Solution 2: Restart Your Mac

If the first solution won’t work. Follow this.

  • Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Select “Restart” from the dropdown menu and confirm.
  • Once the Mac has restarted, launch the problematic app again to see if the issue persists.
Restart Your Mac

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3 & 4.

  • Delete & Reinstall
  • Check compatibility on the developer’s website.

Section B: Connectivity Issues

Connection is the core of seamlessly using your Mac. Wi-fi connection is a must to browse the internet and Bluetooth connection for pairing your two different devices. We dedicate Section B for the connectivity macOS Monterey problem.

Problem 2: Wi-Fi Not Working

Sometimes, you may face a “loading sign” for a longer time on your Mac. It’s because of slow WiFi or no WiFi.

Wi-Fi not working Reasons

  • Your router or modem could be on the fritz.
  • Network congestion or interference may be causing disruptions.
  • Incorrect network settings on your Mac might be the culprit.
  • Outdated Wi-Fi drivers could be causing compatibility issues.
  • Software conflicts might be hampering your Wi-Fi connection.

Solution 1: Turn Off /On Wi-Fi Network

The easiest fix of the Wi-Fi not working issue is to softly reset the network.

  • Top right corner of your Mac, you’ll find the Wi-Fi menu icon.
  • Just click it and then toggle the turn on/off button.
  • Do it 2-3 times and check either the issue is fixed or not.
Turn Off _On Wi-Fi Network

Solution 2: Restart router and modem

If toggling Turn Off /On won’t work, Give your router and modem a quick power cycle. For this

  • Unplug their cable and leave them to rest for about 30 seconds.
  • Then plug them back in and let them reconnect.
  • Finally check again, how it works.

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3 & 4.

  • Reconnect to Wi-Fi network
  • Contact with your WiFi provider

Problem 3: Bluetooth Not Working

Refusing to connect your Bluetooth devices and Mac is another monetary connectivity issue. Not only that, sometimes they automatically disconnect their connection in the middle of the pairing.

Bluetooth Not Working Reasons

  • Outdated Bluetooth drivers.
  • Interference from nearby devices.
  • Corrupted Bluetooth preferences.
  • Software conflicts affecting Bluetooth functionality.
  • Hardware issues with the Bluetooth module.

Solution 1: Turn Bluetooth off and on again

Often just restarting Bluetooth can resolve Bluetooth Not Working issues. And it’s the easiest fix.

  • Click on the Bluetooth icon in the Menu bar.
  • Toggle off the Bluetooth option as the photo.
  • Restart your Mac and then toggle your Bluetooth back on.
  • Finally reconnect your Bluetooth device.
Turn Bluetooth off and on again

Solution 2: Delete PLIST Files

Corrupted Bluetooth-related data in PLIST files can sometimes create the problem. Follow these steps to delete the PLIST files:

  • Open Finder on your Mac.
  • Click on the “Go” menu then “Go to Folder.”
Click on the Go menu then Go to Folder.
  • Type or paste “/Library/Preferences” and press Enter.
  • Select “com.apple.Bluetooth.plist” from all the files and drag it to the Trash.
Type or paste _Library_Preferences and press Enter
  • “~/Library/Preferences/ByHost” is your next destination using the “Go to Folder” option.
  • From there find a file which is starting with “com.apple.Bluetooth” followed by alphanumeric characters and ending in “.plist.”
  • Again drag this file to the Trash as well.
  • After deleting these files, attempt to pair your Bluetooth device with your Mac again to see if the issue is resolved.

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3.

  • Remove and re-pair Bluetooth devices

Problem 4: Universal Clipboard Not Working

Copy-paste through Universal Clipboard is a huge time saver for pairing text on your Mac and iPhone.

But, sometimes this clipboard won’t work on your macOS monterey and will cause you a lot of trouble.

Universal Clipboard Not Working Reasons

  • Incompatibility between devices.
  • Insufficient iCloud storage.
  • Disabled Handoff feature.
  • Software bugs or glitches.
  • Network connectivity issues.

Solution 1: Turn Off/ On Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Just toggling the wi-fi and Bluetooth on and off sometimes can fix the problem. So let’s first try it.

On Mac

  • From your Mac’s menu bar, click on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons respectively.
Turn Off _On Wi-Fi Network

For iOS 15/ iPadOS 15, follow the below steps:

  • Navigate ‘Wi-Fi or Bluetooth’ under ‘Settings’
Next turn them off on toggling
  • Next turn them off/on toggling.
  • Then restart them for seamless wireless connection.

Solution 2: Restart your Mac

If you are unfortunate, then this may not fix your issue. Never mind, let’s restart your Mac.

Restart Your Mac

Clear up your Mac clipboard first;

  • Launch the Terminal.
Launch the Terminal.
  • Then write “pbcopy < /dev/null” and press ‘Enter’. You can copy paste as well (without the “ ” signs)
Then write pbcopy _ _dev_null and press ‘Enter
  • It’ll clear your entire Mac clipboard and make it ready for a new start.

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3.

  • Sign out of iCloud and sign in again

Section C: Performance and System Issues

You want top notch performance from your Mac to maximize your productivity, right? But, sometimes it drains not only your productivity but also your creativity with slow performance and system operations.

Now, in section-C, we’ll deal with these issues and kick them off. Alright, let’s go.

Problem 5: Sluggishness and Lag

Mostly, people complain about Mac’s sluggish problem after the recent macOS 12 Monterey upgrade. If you upgrade your Mac and face the issue, now it’s your turn to solve it.

Reasons of Sluggishness on Mac

  • Running an outdated macOS version
  • Insufficient RAM with multitasking
  • Running demanding applications.
  • Too many background processes
  • Cluttered or fragmented hard drive storage
  • Heavy usage can lead to performance throttling
  • Excessive heat buildup due to poor ventilation

Solution 1: Update Your Apps

If your apps are outdated, just updating will solve it. To do it

Click Update next to the app
  • Go to the ‘App Store’ and then click ‘Updates’.
  • Once done with updating, restart your Mac.
  • Most cases, your problem will be solved

Solution 2: Check storage

Lack of space in the RAM to store your data/files is a common reason for poor performance. To solve this issue, ensuring enough empty space is important. Here’s you can do it how

  • Go to your ‘Apple menu icon’ then select ‘About This Mac’.
  • From there select ‘Storage tab’ then ‘Manage’.
occupied space of each system
  • Look at the above screenshot, it shows you occupied space of each system.
  • Find out the unnecessary storage-occupied files, and clear them.
  • Give it 2 minutes to clear all the data, then restart your Mac.
  • Now check your Mac’s performance.

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3 & 4.

  • Restart Your Mac
  • Clean ventilation fan

Problem 6: Rapid Battery Drain

The battery life of MacBook Pro 14” is 10-18 hours and MacBook Air M1 up to 20 hours. But, lots of Mac users complain about rapid battery drain after updating macOS Monterey.

Rapid Battery Drain Reasons

  • Keep opening or using too many apps at a time.
  • Using backdated apps that need to update.
  • Google Chrome may drain your battery with its feature-rich support.
  • Background processes consuming excess power.

Solution 1: Force Quit Apps

Just quitting the unnecessary apps can improve your battery life. So, Force Quit the Apps that you’re not using right now or currently inactive. To do it

  • Go to ‘Apple menu’ and select ‘Force Quit’ from the top left corner of the screen.
  • From there select running apps that are active but unnecessary.
  • Next click ‘Force Quit’.
Force Quit Apps

Or

  • Just right-click on the app from the Dock.
  • A pop up menu will appear from there choose Quit.

Solution 2: PRAM and NVRAM

If the above 3 solutions fail to improve your battery life. Now, you should reset your MacBook’s PRAM and NVRAM.

The good news is it won’t eat up your data yet improving battery life only resetting some settings. Follow the steps below

  • Shut your Mac down and again turn its power on.
  • Now, simultaneously press and hold the ‘Command, Option, P, and R keys’ immediately after hearing the startup sound.
  • Keep holding these keys until your notebook restarts and you hear the startup sound again.

Please note: You can’t reset NVRAM/PRAM or SMC on the M1 MacBook. While the new M1 MacBooks have parameter memory with customizable settings, there’s no command to reset NVRAM.

Apple states that the M1 chip can manage PRAM issues on its own.

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3 & 4.

  • Update All Apps
  • Adjust energy-saving settings

Problem 7: Unexpected Overheating

Despite macOS Monterey’s advancements, unexpected overheating remains a hot button issue for many Mac users. This problem can lead to discomfort, potential hardware damage, and decreased performance.

Unexpected Overheating Reasons

  • Faulty/damaged charger.
  • Intensive processor usage from demanding apps
  • Multiple open applications.
  • Blocked air vents restricting proper airflow.
  • Running the Mac in high ambient temperatures.
  • Dust accumulation inside the Mac.

Solution 1: Inspect Your Charger for Damage

You may overlook your charger for many days and wonder if it can be a culprit behind overheating your Mac. But, yes it can.

  • Take your charger and closely inspect it for any signs of wear or damage.
  • If you don’t see anything, plug it to charge your Mac.
  • After a few minutes, check whether your Mac heats up excessively while charging or not.
  • If yes, maybe the charger is faulty. Use an alternative charger to ensure. 
  • If this time the Mac is cool, change your old charger, it’s the culprit.

Solution 2: Check for Physical Damage

Physical damage to your Mac or its components, like the battery, can cause overheating. To do it

  • Inspect your Mac for any visible signs of damage.
  • If you suspect internal damage, consider taking it to a certified Apple service provider for a check-up.

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3, 4, & 5. 

  • Close Resource-Intensive Apps
  • Update macOS and Apps
  • Ensure Proper Ventilation

Section D: Miscellaneous Issues

In this section, we’ll discuss some of the MacOS Monterey Problems that are not specific types.

Problem 8: AirDrop Not Working

Sometimes, your airdrops may refuse to function properly after upgrading MacOS Monterey.

AirDrop Not Working Reasons

  • Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is disabled on either the sending or receiving device.
  • The devices are not within a suitable range for AirDrop connectivity.
  • Receiver’s AirDrop is set to ‘Contacts Only’ and the sender is not listed in their contacts.
  • Outdated software on either the sending or receiving device.

Solution 1: Turn AirDrop off and on again

When AirDrop seems uncooperative, toggling it off and then back on can rejuvenate its functionality. To do this

  • Open ‘Finder’ and select ‘AirDrop’.
  • If you don’t see AirDrop, go to the Finder menu then → ‘Go’ to select ‘AirDrop’.
  • From the AirDrop window, click ‘Allow me to be discovered by:’ and choose ‘No One’.
  • Wait a moment. Next click again and select ‘Contacts Only’ or ‘Everyone’ to re-enable AirDrop.

Solution 2: Change your settings from ‘Contacts Only’ to ‘Everyone’

If your device’s setting isn’t turned on “Contacts Only” instead of “Everyone”, then in some cases they fail to connect your airdrops. So changing the settings can solve the issue. To do this

  • Open ‘Finder’ and go to the ‘Go menu’ option.
  • Now, select your ‘AirDrop’ from the menu bar.
  • Change your settings from ‘Contacts Only’ to ‘Everyone’
  • After that, just restart your Mac.
Change your airdrop settings

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3, & 4.

  • Disable the Firewall
  • Update Device Software

Problem 9: Installation problems

Another common macOS Monterey problem is facing app, software or files installation issues.

Installation Problems Reasons

  • Incompatible Mac device.
  • Corrupted installation files.
  • Insufficient disk space.
  • Incompatible hardware or software.
  • Network interruptions during download.
  • System conflicts with existing installations.

Solution 1: Ensure Your Mac Compatibility

All the Mac devices aren’t compatible with

macOS Monterey system. Here is a list of Mac devices that support macOS Monterey by Apple.

  • iMac late 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017 and later
  • MacBook Air early 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro early 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro late 2013 and later
  • Mac mini late 2014 and later
  • MacBook early 2016 and later

Check your Mac, whether it’s anyone among the list or older version. If it’s older, then your Mac won’t be able to download or install macOS Monterey. In that case, you’ve to buy a new Mac to use macOS Monterey.

Solution 2: Verify integrity of installation files

You can’t install any corrupted files. So, checking the files are intact and error-free is a must.

  • Open the folder containing the installation files.
  • Right-click on the file that you install to select ‘Get Info’.
  • Now, notice the file size and the expected size.
  • If the file size is higher than expected, you can’t install it.
  • If the file size is ok, next verify its integrity using a checksum or hash values provided by the source of with Terminal.

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3.

  • Free up disk space

Problem 10: Download failed problems

You’re trying to download macOS Monterey, but it shows you different error messages like “The network connection was lost” or “Installation failed”or “Installation of macOS could not continue.That content can’t be downloaded at this time. Try again later.” Yes, it’s another common macOS Monterey problem.

Download failed problems Reasons

  • Poor internet connection.
  • Server issues on the download source.
  • Corrupted download files.
  • Insufficient storage space.
  • Network firewall or antivirus blocking downloads.

Solution 1: Check your internet connection

If the culprit is poor internet connection, and shows you “The network connection was lost” then checking your WiFi and retrying will solve it.

Solution 2: Check the Apple server

If lots of people try to download macOS Monterey at a time, then the Apple server can’t take the load and fails to download. To solve it

Check the Apple server
  • First check the live status of the Apple Server clicking the link.
  • If you see the server is busy with a red or other dot, then just try again on a non-peak hour.
  • Go to the link later, if that time you see a green dot (like the screenshot) and there is written “All services are operating normally” again try to download.
  • Most cases, retrying will solve the issue.

Note: If the problem is due to corrupted download files, insufficient storage space, or Network firewall, we’ve discussed all of them above, just see them.

Problem 11: Unlock with Apple Watch Not Working

Lots of macOS Monterey users face Apple watch not working issues. They set up all the things perfectly from their sides, and still the watchOS device won’t unlock the Mac.

Unlock with Apple Watch Not Working Reasons

  • Outdated software on either device.
  • Apple Watch not properly authenticated.
  • Bluetooth connectivity issues between Mac and Apple Watch.
  • Mac lacks necessary hardware for Unlock with Apple Watch feature.
  • Apple Watch is not within proximity of the Mac.

Solution 1: Update Apple Watch and Mac

If both the devices aren’t updated to their latest version, in that case Apple Watch won’t work. To update follow the steps

On your Apple Watch

  • Open the “Settings” and tap on ‘General’.
  • If any software update is available, click on ‘Software Update’ and install the software.

On your Mac

  • Click on the ‘Apple menu’ then ‘System Preferences’ and then click on “Software Update”
  • If updates are available, follow the prompts to install them.

Once you complete the software update on both devices, restart and try to pair them again.  

Solution 2: Reset Apple Watch & Mac Pairing

Only disabling and re-enabling your MacBook’s auto-unlock can easily solve it. To do this

  • Go to the ‘System Preferences’ on your Mac, then ‘Security & Privacy’.
  • There you’ll see ‘Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac’ just remove the tick from the box to disable auto-unlock on Mac.
  • Once done, restart your Mac and Apple Watch to refresh their functions.
  • Again, go to the ‘Security & Privacy’ and turn on ‘Auto-Unlock’ again.

Problem 12: Mac Won’t Connect to Personal Hotspot

You may also find your personal hotspot broken due to macOS Monterey issues. So it refuses to connect between your Mac and iPhone.

Mac Won’t Connect to Personal Hotspot Reasons

  • Airplane Mode enabled on either the Mac or iPhone.
  • Personal Hotspot not enabled on the iPhone.
  • Incorrect Wi-Fi password entered on the Mac.
  • Cellular data or Personal Hotspot subscription expired.
  • Software glitch or network issue on either device.

Solution 1: Check flight mode

Sometimes the flight mode of your iPhone or Mac can be enabled. In that case, checking the mode and disable will solve the issue. To do this

On your Mac

  • Click on the ‘Apple menu’ →’System Preferences’ → ‘Network’.
  • Look for the ‘Airplane Mode’ option.
  • If it is enabled, just uncheck it to disable.

On your iPhone

  • Go to ‘Settings app’ → ‘Airplane Mode’
  • If Airplane Mode is currently enabled, again just disable it.

Then, try to reconnect the personal hotspot.

Solution 2: Turn Off/ On Bluetooth

Simply training your devices Bluetooth on/off can resolve it.

On your Mac

  • From the menu bar click the ‘Bluetooth icon’ and toggle it to turn off/on.
Turn Bluetooth off and on again

On your iPhone

  • First, go to “Settings” then ‘Bluetooth’.
  • Now toggle it to turn off/on.

Finally restart both of your devices and reconnect your personal hotspot.

Further Solution You Can Try

If the first and second solution won’t work.  Try Solution 3.

  • Check Bluetooth List & Reconnect

Problem 13: Fans become noisy after updating

The last but not the list macOS Monterey is the fans of the Mac becoming louder than usual.

Fans Become Noisy Reasons

  • Increased system load or higher CPU usage.
  • Accumulated dust or debris inside the Mac.
  • Software conflicts or glitches.
  • Changes in system settings or power management profiles.
  • Malfunctioning hardware components.

Solution 1: Check background processes

If the fan produces noise due to higher CPU usage, then you should check the background and minimize its use. To do this

  • Launch ‘Activity Monitor’ from your ‘Applications’ folder.
  • Click on the ‘CPU’ tab to see its usage.
  • Look for processes with high ‘% CPU’ usage.
  • Select that specific file and click the ‘X’ button.
  • Click ‘Quit’ or ‘Force Quit’ to confirm.

Solution 2: Clean the cooling vents

If accumulated dust and debris are the culprit of the noisy fan. You should clean the fan and its port.

Conclusion

Troubleshooting common macOS Monterey Problems doesn’t have to be daunting. By following the solutions we discussed above, you can effectively address a range of problems and fix them within a few minutes.

To stay updated with the latest software versions, you should always keep your device clean and well-maintained. Now enjoy the seamless performance with macOS Monterey has to offer.

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