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Apple has for compatible Mac models rolled out the new macOS Ventura operating system. But with every upgrade of this kind, not only do new functions and better compatibility with other Apple devices come to the computer, but also bugs, incompatibilities of apps and other problems. In this article, we collect the teething troubles of macOS 13 over time and the associated solutions. Some of the issues are generic and can occur with any macOS upgrade or update. Others come in specially macOS is coming before. If you have any that are not mentioned here, please leave a comment.
Especially if you are using one of the older Apple computers that are just barely compatible with Ventura, you could experience slowdowns or other problems after the upgrade. In order to then quickly and easily return to the previous system and the usual performance, you should have a backup ready. You can get an image of the current system with all settings, apps, files and other content e.g. B. via Apple's Time Machine. But there are also third-party apps that help you to make a system backup - for example Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper.
Problems could already arise when downloading the new operating system, even if they occur rather rarely. Already in previous posts on troubleshooting with new operating systems (Monterey / Big Sur) I went into it. Here is a summary of the possible solutions so that you don't have to jump back and forth between the individual posts:
If the download via the Apple menu, the system settings and the software update offered there does not work at all, you can try a third-party alternative. For example, the app offers ANYmacOS the ability to load various Mac operating systems from the Apple servers and use them to create bootable media. For example, you can start the installation from a USB stick.
The first link in this post takes you to the list of Apple computers compatible with Ventura. If your Mac, iMac or MacBook is not in the list, then you cannot install macOS 13 on it. If your model is on the list and you still have problems installing the new operating system, then switching to Safe Mode might help – Instructions for Intel Macs / Instructions for Apple Silicon Macs.
Another way to solve installation problems with macOS 13 Ventura is to completely reinstall the old system and only then run the upgrade. The fastest way to do this is to start the Mac in recovery mode and reinstall the original or last installed system from there. This helped Jens with the Big Sur installation in 2020: Here the report.
If the download and installation have worked, then the Mac or the system needs to be started. This can result in the Mac no longer turning on (which is generally quite rare) or in the system not loading or setting up properly.
If the Mac does not start, these standard questions must first be answered before the big panic:
If the Mac turns on and loads the system, but you can't log in, try a different user account. If it just doesn't work with your own account, the problem may be related to the login items and start agents active there. You can find posts on these topics here and here .
If nothing helps, or you don't even get to the login screen, turn off the Mac and start it in Safe Mode (see links above for Intel and Apple Silicon Macs for instructions). If that works, then the startup problem may be due to a third-party app.
If the new operating system can only be used or reinstalled with an inserted installation medium (boot stick), it is better to return to the previous system (via recovery mode / time machine backup). Also, reinstalling the old system and then upgrading to Ventura again might help here. So all in all, you have to take your time.
If the download, installation and start of the computer and system went well, but there is a problem with the setup before the final use of macOS 13, then there are solutions for this as well. The most common tip at this point is a simple restart of the Mac – i.e. switching it off and on again. If there is no menu or button to turn off or restart, press and hold the power button on your Mac, iMac, or MacBook for a few seconds. When the computer turns off, let go, wait about 30 seconds, and then turn it back on.
If the "Beachball of Death" shows up very often, animations don't run smoothly, folders, files and apps take forever to open or there are other performance drops, then there can be various reasons. It would be possible e.g. B. a full hard drive or that the Mac is compatible with macOS Ventura, but belongs to the older models of the corresponding list. Although there shouldn't be any major losses there either, it can't be ruled out 100 percent either.
If Ventura's performance problems are not due to the lack of memory on the hard drive or the age of the Mac, there are even more solutions that can be tried out. Resetting NVRAM, PRAM and SMC (Instructions) is just as important as starting in recovery mode. You can find information on how to enter Recovery Mode for Intel Macs and Apple Silicon Macs.
If neither the system nor the machine are the problem, it can also be due to a single app. If this is not compatible with the new system, it could take up too many resources and/or cause a bug. Processes that take up too much CPU, RAM and so on can be found via the Activity indicator from macOS. If you find a specific app as a trigger, then see if there is already an update compatible with macOS Ventura for it.
Unfortunately, problems with the wireless technology are not that rare on the Mac after a system upgrade. That's why we always include Bluetooth and WLAN errors in these guides. In previous guides we pointed to debugging and resetting the Bluetooth module using the key combination Shift+Alt and the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar (see here). As of macOS Monterey, however, the latter no longer works in this way.
Therefore, to fix Bluetooth errors on macOS Ventura as of October 2022, you have to go another way - or two other ways, the first of which via the terminal leads. For example, calls over Spotlight (command+space) by typing "terminal" and enter at the Mac command line. Then enter the following command, which you in turn confirm with Enter:
sudo pkill bluetoothd
You can then pair the required Bluetooth devices again (or wait until they pair themselves automatically). The connection or other usage problems should be solved. If this is not the case or the Bluetooth problems keep coming up, then you can also find a solution in the Finder try out:
This procedure ensures that the settings for each Bluetooth device are created anew. Hopefully, the errors that occurred before will be ironed out.
Here's another post on the subject: Bluetooth Problems on Mac - 5 Measures That Can Help!
Update 26.10.2022: Since the most frequent comments about WLAN problems so far came after the Ventura installation, here is an article with many other solutions including deleting config files, cleaning the DNS cache and more: After macOS Ventura upgrade: WLAN problems on the Mac (+ solutions). (End of update)
After installing a new macOS version, not only Bluetooth but also WLAN errors can occur in the area of wireless problems. Both can, but do not have to, occur in combination. If you are one of the users who have WiFi problems after installing Ventura, then first remove the previously used network and then add it again:
If that still doesn't help, then repeat the steps shown to remove the network. You can then - before you add the WLAN network again - perform an SMC reset. There are two different instructions for this, one for Mac models without and one for models with a T2 chip. From which Macs the T2 chip is installed, you can read in the second of the guides listed here:
In addition to the modules for WLAN and Bluetooth, there is also a USB interface. And of course there can also be problems here that can arise after a system upgrade on the Mac. It doesn't matter whether it's a mouse, keyboard, printer, scanner, USB stick, external hard drive or other peripherals - USB problems can be annoying on Macs, iMacs and MacBooks alike. Both the USB-A ports on older computers and the Thunderbolt ports on newer computers can be affected - there are similar solutions for both:
For problems with USB hubs, we learned that last year, there is probably no such quick solution. Here you will most likely have to wait for a system update, i.e. for macOS Ventura 13.0.1 or even for the 13.1 update. Still, you can try connecting a wired hub to a different slot (i.e. another USB-A or Thunderbolt port with USB-C shape). Maybe it will help.
If after installing macOS 13 Ventura the battery of the MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro is used up faster, then this is also not a new problem. Here it can help to take a look at the Activity indicator to find out what drains the battery life so much. If certain apps or processes are using too much CPU or memory, you can end them there. For an app, updating to the latest version can help increase efficiency.
If the increased battery consumption after a macOS upgrade is directly related to the system, then the solution is not that simple. Although some processes can be terminated, connections cut, the display dimmed and other workarounds used - this limits the use and thus the workflow. There are really only two solutions here: switch to the previously used system with the backup or wait for an update that fixes the error.
Are clicks not being executed immediately and is the cursor lagging behind mouse or trackpad input? Then the first solution is to end or completely uninstall any intermediate apps. This refers to mapping aids for mouse, keyboard and game controllers as well as software offered by accessory manufacturers for their third-party mice and trackpads. For Bluetooth input devices, you can follow the Bluetooth tips above or use wired hardware until the system is updated.
If the anti-virus program you have installed or the anti-malware software you trust loses full hard drive access after upgrading the Apple Mac to macOS 13 Ventura, then there is a solution for that too. Because if the assignment of access to the hard disk doesn't seem to work, then that's a bug that can be easily avoided. You can find the relevant instructions here: Antivirus Apps - Fix full disk access issue on macOS Ventura. (End of update)
I was brave last night and spontaneously decided to install the new operating system macOS 13 Ventura directly on my MBP - along with iOS 16.1 on iPhone. The whole thing didn't take too long, I did the dishes on the side. My first impression is that the system is stable and there are no (too big) bugs. However, I use an Apple MacBook Pro from 2021 M1 Pro Chip. As it looks like with other and especially older Macs, I can't summarize at the moment due to the lack of reports.
Yes, that's true, but unfortunately there's nothing you can do about it. Apple wants to unify the settings of iPhone, iPad and Mac and the well-known design of the category selection has become obsolete. I'll probably need a bit of time to get used to it. And it becomes difficult to write general guides on macOS settings when there are such big differences up to macOS 12 Monterey and from macOS 13 Ventura onwards. Luckily, there are still the support and guide articles on Apple.com.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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