The macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update fixes some notable issues, but there are still some macOS Monterey issues that Mac users currently face.
Apple has pushed a new macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update to Mac users. The firmware is now available for download and includes a short list of changes for compatible Mac devices.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1 delivers under-the-hood improvements, and some Mac users are already noticing some positive changes after moving their device from macOS Monterey 12.3 and older macOS software.
On the other hand, some users have encountered macOS Monterey 12.3.1 bugs and performance issues. Some of these issues are inherited from older versions of macOS, others are brand new.
In this guide to macOS Monterey issues, we’ll take you through the current status of these issues. We’ll show you where to find potential solutions to the most common macOS Monterey problems and provide some resources to help you if you run into trouble.
We’ll also get into the macOS Monterey downgrade and outline what to expect from Apple and macOS Monterey later on.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1 Issues
As we push away from the release of macOS Monterey 12.3.1, we see complaints from Mac users. Some of these problems are minor, others are much more problematic.
The current list of macOS Monterey issues includes some common issues. Mac users are having trouble downloading and installing the new operating system. If your macOS installation freezes, try turning your Mac off and on. This usually solves the problem.
We also see complaints about long download times, Microsoft Outlook issues, abnormal battery drain, UI lag, Touch ID issues, 1st and 3rd party application issues, iMessage issues, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth issues, crashing , hangs , and crashes.
We expect the list of macOS Monterey issues to grow as more people move from older versions of macOS to macOS Monterey 12.3.1.
If you have not yet downloaded the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update, we recommend that you prepare 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 walk you through the best way to prepare for the move.
Where to find macOS Monterey 12.3.1 Feedback
If you’ve already upgraded to macOS Monterey 12.3.1 or are planning to upgrade in the near future, you should read the feedback from early adopters. This feedback alerts you to potential bugs and performance issues.
We recommend to keep an eye on YouTube† Apple Discussion Forumssocial media sites such as Twitter/Facebook and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback on the performance of macOS Monterey 12.3.1.
We’ve also compiled a list of the top reasons to install and not install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 on your Mac today. It’s worth checking out if you’re in doubt about an upgrade.
Fix MacOS Monterey Problems
Some issues may require resolution from Apple, while others may be resolved by you.
Before making an appointment at your local Apple Store, check out our list of solutions to the most common macOS Monterey problems. You might find what you’re looking for in that guide.
If you find that your Mac’s battery is draining abnormally, we’ve also released a guide that shows you how to fix macOS Monterey battery life issues.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, go to Apple Discussion Forums† If they can’t help you, please contact Apple support via Twitter or with customer support through Apple’s website†
If you still can’t solve your problem(s), you can make an appointment to see a Genius with you local apple store† They should be able to diagnose your problem in minutes.
macOS Monterey Downgrade
It is possible to downgrade your Mac’s software from macOS Monterey 12.3.1 to older macOS firmware. There is no time limit and it is easy if you have a good backup for your Mac.
To get your Mac from macOS Monterey 12.3.1, all you need to do is boot your Mac in safe mode and choose Restore from Time Machine backup.
This will take some time, so be patient, but it’s an option if you can’t wait for Apple to release the next version of macOS Monterey.
If you run into any issues on macOS Monterey 12.3.1, you’re on your own for now.
Apple has confirmed a new macOS Monterey 12.4 update and the firmware is currently in beta testing ahead of public release.
The company has not yet confirmed a release date for macOS Monterey 12.4, and we expect the software to remain in beta for a while longer, while Apple and testers poke at it and look for issues. At the moment, we expect the final release to come sometime in May.
If your problems are really bad, or if you just want to try out new software, you can try transferring your Mac to the macOS Monterey 12.4 beta.
To learn more about macOS Monterey 12.4 and the beta, check out our walkthrough. To learn more about the upcoming macOS Monterey 12.4 release date, check out our guide.
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Install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 for better security
If security is important to you, consider installing the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update right away.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1 brings two security patches for Mac users. You can read more about it at Apple’s website† These help protect you and your device from damage.
As for older macOS updates, Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.3 update had more than 40 security patches on board. To learn more about these upgrades, check out the details at Apple’s security site†
The macOS Monterey 12.2.1 update brought an important patch for Mac users. You can learn more about the patch on Apple’s security site†
Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.2 update had 13 security patches on board. If you are interested in the details, go to Apple’s website learn more.
macOS Monterey 12.1 included 40+ new security patches for Macs. You can read all about it on the company security site†
Microsoft says it discovered a new ‘Powerdir’ vulnerability lurking in macOS. Powerdir allows an attacker to bypass the operating system’s Transparency, Consent and Control (TCC) technology and gain unauthorized access to a user’s protected data. Fortunately, Apple has fixed the problem in macOS Monterey 12.1.
macOS Monterey 12.1 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The supplied software Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you’re moving from macOS Big Sur, you’ll also get the 30+ security patches of macOS Monterey 12.0.1 in your update. If you are interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can: Read more about it on Apple’s website†
In addition to these patches, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
New email privacy protection helps prevent senders from tracking your email activity, and there’s a new recording indicator in the Control Center for apps that access your microphone.