In October 2022, Apple formally unveiled a new operating system, and it is called macOS Ventura, which replaced macOS Monterey. As with all new systems, there are some issues. Some early adopters of this new operating system reported a lot of problems. These issues have garnered a lot of attention, and there are remedies to fix the problems.
So if you are planning to upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura, stay prepared for these issues that may crop up.
You Cannot Find the Update
Getting stuck at the initial stages is the most frustrating. For instance, you fail to find the macOS Ventura update on your device.
Generally, you can go to the Software Update feature in the System Preferences app and update your system. But when you go there, you find the error ‘The requested version of macOS is not available.’
The first step is to check if your device is eligible for the update. Unfortunately, if your device is incompatible, there’s nothing much you can do about it.
You can check your Mac model by heading to the Apple menu > click About This Mac and see if your model is in the compatible list:
- iMac 2017 or later
- MacBook 2017
- iMac Pro 2017 or later
- MacBook Pro 2017 or later
- MacBook Air 2018 or later
- Mac mini 2018 or later
- Mac Pro 2019 or later
- Mac Studio 2022
The next step is to check whether the Date and Time are in sync with the Apple server. macOS automatically checks Apple’s server for updates. Your device may not update to the latest version because the time and date are ahead or behind the time shown on the Apple server. You can sync it by going to the Apple menu > click System Preferences > Date & Time > unlock the yellow lock to allow changes > tick the box labeled Set Date and Time Automatically.
Besides these, you can also try other methods like:
- Request macOS update through Terminal
- Boot your system into macOS Recovery Mode and then utilize the Reinstall macOS feature
- Use a USB bootable installer to install macOS Ventura
The Download is Stuck
So you are glad that the macOS Ventura file has started downloading, but your smile turns into a frown when the progress bar freezes.
Besides Internet throttling, the frozen downloading process might be because your system is running out of storage space or there’s an outage in Apple servers.
Fix this by clearing storage space and waiting for the Apple server to come back online. Also, you can connect to a stable Wi-Fi network.
The Fan is too Noisy
If the MacBook fan is loud after Ventura is installed, it is because the new OS works in the background to sync everything and re-index the Finder. Wait for a few hours, and the noise will subside. If it doesn’t, go to the Activity Monitor and check if unnecessary processes and programs are running in the background. Then, quit those programs and see if the fan noise has died.
You can also restart your system to reduce fan noise.
The Battery is Draining Quickly
When installing macOS 13 Ventura, there will be excessive battery drain for the first few days. But once everything is integrated, this problem should be resolved.
Alternatively, you can fix the issue by quitting the top power consumers. Open Spotlight > search for Activity Monitor > click the Energy tab and find applications that consume the most energy > choose the apps and click the X to quit. You can also choose Force Quit if the apps are not closing.
Next, deactivate high power mode by going to the Apple menu > clicking System Preferences > choose Battery > Power Adapter > choose Low Power from the Energy Mode pop-up menu.
Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is not Functioning
When you’ve upgraded to Ventura, your previous settings might have gotten lost. So you will see that some services are not connecting automatically or have stopped working. Commonly, the issues are found with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airdrop, Apple ID, and Screen Mirroring.
If you cannot connect to Wi-Fi, turn it off in the menu bar and turn it back on after ten seconds. You can also uninstall VPNs and applications that might be impacting your network. Then, you can forget the Wi-Fi network you regularly connect to and reconnect with the password. Finally, you can create a new network location.
If Bluetooth is not working, switch off Bluetooth in the Control Center and turn it back on after ten seconds. Then, disconnect and reconnect all Bluetooth-enabled devices. You can also restart your computer.
Ventura brings impressive features like Continuity Camera, Handoff in FaceTime, Stage Manager, etc. Of course, you must upgrade your device to use these features and make your life easier. However, it is best to stay prepared for the problems you might face during the upgrade; this guide should help.