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Monterey Update Stuck on Downloading/Installing? Here Are Fixes!

Updated on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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How to Fix macOS Monterey Update Stuck Error

Summary: This post offers practical methods to fix Mac Monterey update stuck issues, including macOS Monterey installation stuck and macOS Monterey download stuck, macOS Monterey update stuck on less than a minute remaining, loading screen, Apple logo, etc.

fix macOS Monterey update stuck

Every time Apple rolls out a new macOS update, no matter whether a minor version update or a major OS upgrade, some people would like to test it out fast. However, downloading and updating macOS is not always successful. You may encounter Mac update stuck errors during the process of downloading and installing macOS updates.

This article will troubleshoot Mac/MacBook Update stuck and help you finish the macOS update successfully without any data loss. The methods mentioned below apply to all macOS update stuck scenarios, but we will focus on the Mac update to Monterey stuck/Monterey upgrade stuck issue in this post.

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macOS Monterey update stuck while downloading

Usually, to update your Mac, you must download an installation file in the Software Update tool of System Preferences. It will automatically check for available updates and download them. If the macOS Monterey stuck on finding update, the Mac freezes on the download loading bar, or the macOS Monterey update stuck on less than a minute remaining while downloading, you can try the following methods to fix the frozen downloading process.

Wait it out

The downloading of an operating system is not as fast as we usually expected to download a file from a web page. It can be extremely slow if the Internet speed is slow or the macOS installer file is large, especially if you update to macOS Monterey from macOS 10.14 or below. Since you have started, we recommend you wait it out for at least one more hour. You probably will luck out to have a successful downloading. Or, you can leave the Mac overnight to finish the job.

wait it out

Check system status

However, if you have waited for hours and still are experiencing a downloading macOS Monterey stuck, it's highly possible that Apple's server could be to blame. An influx of people would rush to download the update as soon as Apple releases the new macOS, especially on the first day or first week. This can put Apple's server under pressure.

You can check the status of Apple's services by heading over to Apple's System Status page. Find the "macOS Software Update" in the list. If the accompanying icon is yellow or red, this indicates that Apple's services are too busy to support a complete update on your Mac now.

It is advisable that you quit the update and wait until the next day when the macOS update is available again.

check system status

Check your Internet

As aforementioned, poor Internet performance can lead to an extremely slow installer downloading, even a macOS Monterey download stuck. After you confirm everything is alright with Apple's support on macOS updates, you can get your hands down to check if it is the slow Internet access that stops the installer from downloading. You can check by saving a picture from a browser like Safari.

To speed up the Internet speed, you can:

  • Reboot your router. 
  • Bring your Mac close to the router.
  • Disconnect and reconnect to Wi-Fi.
  • Use a different Wi-Fi connection.
  • Connect to the router with an ethernet table.

Check disk space

A minor software update on Mac requires free space from several megabytes to several gigabytes while a major OS upgrade usually requires at least 12 gigabytes of free capacity for a macOS download. The insufficient free space on Macintosh HD or full Mac disk will cause the failure in downloading macOS Monterey stuck. 

How to check storage space on Mac: 

  1. Click the Apple menu at the top left corner of your Mac computer. 
  2. Choose About this Mac from the dropdown menu. 
  3. Select the Storage tab from the pop-up window. 
  4. Wait for a second and then the system will return the results of whole storage space, used space, and free space.

check storage on Mac

In case the available storage space is insufficient to download the macOS Monterey update, you need to cancel the update and delete some less-important files to free up more space on Macintosh HD. If there is enough storage space on Mac but you fail to download the macOS update, you can also try to download it from Mac Apple Store or Apple's site.

macOS Monterey update stuck while installing

If the installer has been successfully downloaded, but it says macOS Monterey could not be verified, or the Mac OS Monterey stuck on installation process such as macOS Monterey install stuck at 2 minutes, etc, you can use the following 6 ways to fix the macOS Monterey installation stuck.

Restart Mac to refresh the update

Still, you should give the rebooting more time because macOS installation takes a while until the new macOS Monterey completely replaces all your system files. If Mac won’t boot past Apple logo, the progress bar, or a black screen while rebooting, you can restart your Mac manually to cancel the installation process. Then you can perform the update through Software Update again. The macOS update will usually resume from where you left off. If not, it will start from scratch. Restarting Mac also works when the macOS update assistant stuck Monterey.

Disable FileVault

FileVault is a security feature designed to prevent unauthorized access to the data on Mac’s startup disk. However, it can occasionally interfere with your macOS update, as it may apply encryption to your updated OS. You'd better disable FileVault before updating macOS to avoid macOS Monterey stuck installing.

  1. Click the Apple menu > System Preference > Security & Privacy > FileVault.
  2. Click the lock button at the lower-left corner, then enter an administrator name and password.
  3. Click Turn Off FileVault.

turn off FileVault

After the FileVault is turned off, you can try to update your Mac again using the downloaded macOS Monterey installer.

Update macOS in Safe Mode

If all the methods mentioned above can't help you get rid of the macOS Monterey installation stuck, you need to try some drastic methods. The first practice is to start up your Mac in Safe Mode, where your Mac runs only the essentials to keep itself operational without loading third-party applications that could include malware causing MacBook Monterey update stuck.

Boot an Intel-based Mac in safe mode

  1. Shut down your Mac by clicking the Apple menu > Shut Down.
  2. Wait for about 10 seconds.
  3. Restart your Mac and immediately press and hold the Shift key.
  4. You can release the Shift key when you see the login window.

start up Safe Mode

Boot a Mac with Apple silicon in safe mode

  • 1. Shut down your Mac by clicking the Apple menu > Shut Down.
  • 2. Wait for about 10 seconds.
  • 3. Press and hold Mac's power button until you see the startup options window.

start up safe mode on Apple Silicon Mac

  • 4. Select a startup disk (Macintosh HD).
  • 5. Press and hold the Shift key. Click Continue and then release the Shift key.

You can see the red "Safe Boot" on the top-right corner of the screen. Now you can perform the macOS update as normal in Safe Mode.

Reset NVRAM

NVRAM (nonvolatile random-access memory) stores certain temporary settings like display resolution, startup disk selection, and recent kernel panic information. Resetting it will clear up all misconfigurations that could make Mac Software Update stuck installing.

  1. Shut down your Mac and wait for 10 seconds to let the Mac completely turn off.
  2. Restart your Mac and immediately press and hold the Command + Option + P + R keys.
  3. Keep holding these keys for about 20 seconds. You can release the keys when your Mac appears in one of the following situations:
  • On Mac that plays startup sound, you can release the key combination after you hear the second startup sound. 
  • On Mac with a T2 chip, you can release the key combination after the Apple logo appears and disappears for the second time.

Boot your Mac to the desktop and update the Mac again.

Boot Mac in recovery mode 

If Mac is still troubled with macOS Monterey installation stuck, you can boot the Mac in recovery mode, where you can run Disk Utility to eliminate issues from the hard drive and use Reinstall macOS to download and install a fresh copy of the OS on your Mac.

reinstall macOS in recovery mode

Conclusion

Mac update stuck is annoying especially when you need to explore the new features or upgrade the macOS to be compatible with updated apps. With the methods described above, you can fix the mac OS Monterey update stuck while downloading and installing.

Sometimes, a stuck macOS update might mess up your current operating system and leave you an unbootable Mac. In this case, you will need to run iBoysoft Mac data recovery software in macOS Recovery to restore your Mac files. Besides, it is also recommended that you do a Time Machine backup before you upgrade to macOS Monterey.