The latest iteration of the macOS is Sonoma, and it has arrived with a bunch of improvements, performance enhancements, and brand-new features. However, like any significant software update, it is not without its occasional glitches and hiccups.
No need to fret, fellow Mac users. This guide is here to navigate you through the common problems you’ll face after upgrading to macOS Sonoma.
Does the performance of your once-swift Mac computer feel lethargic after upgrading to Sonoma? Is it taking an eternity to load applications and finish other simple tasks?
It is possible you are dealing with cluttered storage, resource-hungry applications, outdated software, or the ongoing indexing process after an update.
You can boost the speed of your Mac’s performance by trying these troubleshooting tips:
- Open Activity Monitor and identify the applications and processes consuming excessive memory, CPU, or disk I/O. Close or force quit the culprits.
- Verify the applications are all updated and compatible with the latest macOS version. If you have only updated the operating system but not the applications installed, there might be incompatibility issues affecting your system’s overall performance.
- A cluttered or bloated storage drive can make it difficult for your computer to function. So, delete some unused and redundant items so that there’s enough space and resources for your computer to perform at its optimal.
- Right after a major software update, Spotlight indexing is an automatic process. While this process is ongoing, it may slow down the performance of your computer. Give your computer some time to complete.
Right after the update, you may notice the Bluetooth devices refusing to connect or disconnect frequently. Your Mac’s Bluetooth may not even be able to find the nearby devices. Naturally, you’ll wonder why is my Mac not finding Bluetooth devices, especially when it was working perfectly fine before the update. The possible culprits might be software issues, device compatibility, or interference.
The issue can be fixed in the following ways:
- Disconnect all the Bluetooth devices and restart your computer once the Spotlight indexing process is complete. This will give your computer a fresh start and allow all the new changes to be applied across the machine.
- Turn off Bluetooth, wait a few seconds, and turn it back on.
- Delete the Bluetooth .plist files and restart your device. After the device is restarted, new .plist files will be automatically generated.
- Reset the Bluetooth module.
Under Sonoma, Time Machine Backup is Failing
Before upgrading, you must back up your critical files and folders. This is to ensure your data is safeguarded if you face any trouble during the upgrade process. However, many users have complained that they encountered error messages when attempting to create a Time Machine backup.
If you encounter this, try the following steps:
- Log out of your iCloud account and then log back in.
- Restart your computer.
- Check your iCloud Drive in Finder to ensure the files are synchronized.
- You must wait until the syncing process is complete if iCloud is still downloading or uploading files.
Frozen Apps and Glitches
After the upgrade, applications may unexpectedly freeze, quit, or exhibit strange behavior. This might interrupt your workflow.
The possible culprits behind this issue are outdated software, incompatible apps, resource limitations, and corrupted files. To overcome the problem, you can try the following troubleshooting tips:
- Verify the applications are compatible with Sonoma. Go to the App Store and update to the latest version, or contact the developer to get compatibility updates. The updates will fix the bugs and ensure stability.
- You can reinstall the problematic application.
- You can also try closing the resource-intensive applications so that there are enough resources to run applications.
Many users have complained about experiencing frequent disconnects, unreliable Wi-Fi connections, or slow speeds. If you face the same issue, it might be due to router configuration problems, outdated drivers, network hardware issues, or interference.
Overcome the challenge by following these troubleshooting tips:
- Restart your Mac and router to resolve the problem.
- Check for physical connection problems and replace the router or the cable if required.
- Verify that the router firmware is up-to-date.
- You can use the built-in Network Diagnostics tool to identify and solve connection problems.
- You can switch Wi-Fi channels to ensure there is no interference from other networks or devices.
- You can use a public DNS server like OpenDNS or Google Public DNS if the aforementioned fixes don’t work.
Excessive Battery Drain
You may notice excessive battery drain after upgrading to macOS Sonoma. But you don’t want to be tethered to power outlets as this can affect your user experience. You can prevent your Mac’s battery from depleting rapidly by trying these fixes:
- Identify the apps draining your battery in Activity Monitor and quit them.
- Reduce screen brightness and animation to save battery.
- Check whether the battery needs a replacement.
So, these are some common macOS problems and their troubleshooting tips to ensure you’ll get back on track.