MacOS Monterey: Compatibility, Download, Upgrade, and Troubleshooting

MacOS Monterey

Apple released the first public beta version of macOS 12, named Monterey, on July 1. The new macOS has many exciting features, including a new tab bar and tab groups in Safari, Focus mode, Quick Note, and better synergy between Mac and iPad. Just like you, we cannot wait to download and test macOS Monterey. This article includes three things about the new system—should you upgrade to macOS Monterey, how to upgrade to macOS Monterey, and troubleshooting and downgrade method.

Should you upgrade to macOS Monterey?

macOS Monterey will provide better work and recreation experiences through seamless synergy, simple SharePlay, and so much more. However, macOS Monterey Public Beta still has many bugs and instabilities. We highly recommend you to install it on a spare Mac only or wait for the official release.

Before downloading the beta version, please go to About This Mac—Overview to see if your Mac meets the hardware requirements.

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Hardware requirements:

  • 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

New features in macOS Monterey:

  • SharePlay. With SharePlay, you can watch together, listen together, and share your screen right inside FaceTime.
  • Streamlined tab bar and tab groups. Redesigned tabs float on top of the page and change the color with the site. You can create your own tab groups and access them on iPhone and iPad.
  • Quick Note. You can call up Quick Note using a keyboard shortcut, hot corner, or action center[JL(1] .
  • Universal Control. Better synergy between iPad and Mac just needs a single keyboard, mouse or trackpad.
  • Airplay to Mac. Now you no longer need data cable or third-party software to realize airplay.

How to upgrade to macOS Monterey

Here are the instructions to download macOS Monterey beta and upgrade.

  • Go to the Apple Beta Software Program website.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Go to the Get Started section and click the enroll your Mac link.
  • Please back up your Mac with Time Machine first and then download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility.
  • After you have completed the enrollment, you can download and install macOS Public Beta from Software Update in System Preferences
  • After macOS Public Beta has finished downloading, the installer launches and guides you through the installation process which is easy.

Downgrade method and upgrade troubleshooting

You may encounter problems during the upgrade process. We offer solutions to several common issues and hope that you could find what you need.

Problem 1: You cannot install macOS Monterey Public Beta on Mac.


1. Check your disk space to ensure it has at least 5 GB of free space. When space is not enough, you can use Cleaner One Pro to free up more storage.

2. Still cannot install macOS Monterey Public Beta? Please start up your Mac in Safe Mode (also called Single-User Mode):

  • Restart Mac and immediately hold the Shift key.
  • Reinstall macOS 12 Monterey Public Beta in Safe Mode.
  • Restart your Mac.

Problem 2: Mac does not turn on after installing macOS Monterey Public Beta.


1. Check Mac hard drive with Disk Utility in macOS Recovery.

  • Restart Mac and immediately hold the Command and R keys to enter macOS Recovery.
  • Release the keys when you see the loading bar.
  • Select Disk Utility from the macOS Utilities menu.       
  • Select the startup disk or the macOS volume in the left sidebar of Disk Utility.
  • Click First Aid at the top center and click Run to repair this disk.
  • When it is finished, click Done and restart your Mac as usual.

2. Downgrade from macOS Monterey Public Beta to Big Sur.
If you want to downgrade from Monterey Public Beta to Big Sur, please refer to the following method:

  • Connect your Time Machine backup disk where you have backed up all the files before upgrading.
  • Restart your Mac. Press and hold Command (⌘)-R to enter macOS Recovery. You can release the keys when you see the Apple logo or the spinning globe.

    When the “macOS Utilities” window appears, select “Restore from Time Machine Backup” and click Continue.
  • When the “Select a Restore Source” window appears, choose your Time Machine backup disk and click continue.
  • Select the backup file version and click Continue. Then select the destination disk and click Restore.
  • The restore process begins to restore your Mac to Big Sur.

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