Problems With Latest macOS Monterey: How To Fix Them

It is common to update your device with the latest operating system, and Mac users are also no exception. However, it is also prevalent that any major update comes with a few bugs that can slow down your device initially. Further, you may not feel comfortable with a few
changes in the latest update. Hence, updating your device with the latest available version of the operating system may not always be a pleasure.

Many Mac users, especially those using Intel-based devices, face issues while downloading the latest macOS Monterey 12.1 or getting into trouble. According to the NY Times, it is better to avoid buying Intel-based Macs if you purchase a new one. If you are one of those
users facing problems with macOS Monterey 12.1, then the best possible way is to downgrade your operating system. To resolve the issues, you can download and install an older macOS version by going through the guide here

This article will discuss the most common problems Mac users are dealing with macOS Monterey 12.1 and provide the way-outs to fix them.

Download Problem

Many Mac users have failed to download the macOS Monterey and encountered various error messages. Those errors can be “Installation failed,” “The network connection was lost,” or “Could not continue the download. Try again later.” etc. It may happen due to the rush in Apple’s server as too many users are trying to download simultaneously.

You can choose some odd hours to download. You can also ensure that Apple’s server is working fine by checking the server’s live status while downloading. If the “macOS Software Update” section is labeled green, it confirms a hassle-free download. Any other color indicates Apple is having issues delivering the update.

Lack of Disk Space

Many users could not download the latest version due to a lack of disk space in their devices. That leads to incomplete download issues.

You need to check the amount of disk space available in your device by checking the “Storage” before you start downloading macOS Monterey. It requires at least 15 GB of free disk space. If you do not have that amount of free space available, you can try removing
some unnecessary files. You can click on “Manage and free up some disk space” under “storage” to achieve the same.

“Gateway Timed Out” Error While Downloading

Many Mac users’ download stopped in between and showed an error message saying “gateway timeout” or “bad gateway.”

If you also face this issue, try to open your Mac in “Safe Mode” (Hold the ‘Down Shift’ key on your keyboard whiles your Mac boots). Then, once it completes booting, try again to download and install macOS Monterey.

Installation Failure

If your Mac has enough free disk space and the macOS Monterey is successfully downloaded but fails to install, you need to check the compatibility of your device. If your device is old enough, you won’t be able to download and install the latest update. Either you can be happy using the older macOS or can go for a new Mac device.

Stuck After Installation

Many users have successfully downloaded and installed macOS Monterey but stucked up with the message saying “Setting Up Your Mac.”

If you face this problem, then reboot your Mac. Next, press and hold the ‘Power’ button for a few seconds to turn off your device. Please wait for some time and then turn it on again. This time your device will boot into macOS Monterey.

Logging Problem After Successful Installation

Many users have faced a logging problem after installing macOS Monterey on their devices. Unfortunately, a few of them also got into a loop of logging in and automatically getting logged out.

If you face this issue, then the following steps can resolve this,
● Restart your Mac.
● Press “Command + S” keys while booting.
● A command prompt window will open.
● Enter: /sbin/mount – uw / in that window.
● Press the ‘Enter’ button on your keyboard.
● Another command prompt window will open.
● Enter: rm /var/db/ .applesetupdone in that window.
● Press the ‘Enter’ button on your keyboard.
● Now ‘Restart’ your Mac.
● You need to create a new admin user account when it asks.

Fan Becomes Noisy

Many users complain that the fan became noisy after installing macOS Monterey on their devices. However, if you face a similar issue, you need not worry.

That happens because your MacBook continuously updates the rest of the operating system and applications. It also re-indexes the Finder behind the scene. As a result, the fan speed increases to keep your MacBook cool while performing these heavy loads. After a few hours or a day, the fan speed will become routine.


If your Mac is compatible and has enough free disk space, you can upgrade to macOS Monterey. However, if you face troubles after installing the same, it is advisable to downgrade to an older version of macOS.

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