5 things you should know about the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update

Apple has released a new update for macOS Monterey 12.3.1 and the software brings new bug fixes and patches for Mac users.

macOS Monterey 12.3.1 is a point release. It’s much smaller than the previous version of macOS Monterey (macOS Monterey 12.3), but it’s still a very important upgrade.

With that in mind, we want to walk you through everything you need to know about the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update and its release to Mac.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the performance of the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update, the current list of macOS Monterey 12.3.1 issues, the best places to find macOS Monterey 12.3.1 feedback, and more.

We’ll start with our impressions of the performance of the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update.

Review of macOS Monterey 12.3.1

Even if your Mac is currently running macOS Monterey 12.3, you’re still looking at a fairly large download. The exact size of the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 download varies depending on your Mac model and the version of macOS you’re currently running.

If your Mac is running macOS Monterey 12.3, installation should take less than 15 minutes. It took about 10 minutes on a MacBook Pro (2017).

For more information on how to download and install macOS Monterey 12.3.1, see our guide.

We’ve been using the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update on a MacBook Pro (2017) for a very short time, and here’s what we’ve learned about its performance so far:

If your Mac is having issues with macOS Monterey 12.3 or an earlier version of macOS, you may want to install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 on your Mac now.

If you need help making a decision, check out our reasons for installing the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update.

macOS Monterey 12.3.1 issues

Like its predecessors, the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update causes problems for Mac users.

We hear about installation issues, UI lags, first and third party app issues, abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth issues, and a host of other issues.

If you’re downloading macOS Monterey 12.3.1 on your Mac and encountering bugs or performance issues, here are some helpful resources.

Before you contact Apple Customer Support, take a look at our list of solutions to the most common macOS Monterey problems. We’ve also published a walkthrough that will walk you through troubleshooting macOS Monterey battery life issues.

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If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, head over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to contact Apple Support via Twitter or Customer Support via Apple’s website.

If you’re still not able to resolve your problem(s), you might want to make an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple store.

macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update: What’s new

Apple’s point upgrades (xx) usually bring major improvements under the hood, and that’s exactly what you get with macOS Monterey 12.3.1.

Here is the full changelog of macOS Monterey 12.3.1:

macOS Monterey 12.3.1 also includes two new security patches for Mac devices. You can learn more about it on Apple’s security page.

You can downgrade from macOS Monterey 12.3.1

If you’re having trouble with macOS Monterey 12.3.1, you can downgrade your Mac’s software to an older version if you think it might help.

There is no time frame in which this will expire. So if you decide to downgrade your Mac back to older software, it’s pretty easy to do if you’re prepared. Here is our downgrade guide that will help you understand the process and make the move.

What’s next

macOS Monterey 12.3.1 was a surprise release and right now we’re not sure what’s next in Apple’s macOS Monterey update pipeline.

That being said, we expect Apple to be bringing a new version of macOS Monterey into beta testing in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled as we weave through the month.

We’ll let you know when we find out more.