While macOS Big Sur brought an update to the user interface on the Mac last year, macOS Monterey is about improving the standard apps and unifying the entire Apple ecosystem. Apple took its time with the macOS Monterey, but it is now available for download on compatible Macs. Here are the key features of macOS Monterey on your Mac.
With this year’s operating system updates, Apple has ensured functional parity across all hardware. Some of the features introduced with iOS 15 make more sense for use with macOS Monterey. Here are the best features for your Mac with macOS Monterey 12.0.
1. Split screen on FaceTime calls
After macOS Monterey, you don’t have to use a third-party app like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet to share your Mac screen with others. Apple now integrates the same functionality into FaceTime.
FaceTime makes it easy to share your screen with attendees with a call. Just make sure that attendees are also using the latest operating system.
Although Apple made FaceTime available for Android and Windows, screen sharing isn’t available on them. Read our post to learn how to use FaceTime to share the screen on iPhone and Mac.
2. Compact tabs and tab groups in Safari
The Safari browser has been fundamentally redesigned with macOS Big Sur. The trend also continues with macOS Monterey.
Those using macOS on a smaller screen will appreciate the compact tab layout in Safari. from Safari Settings> Tabs , select Compact Tabs, and you will see the Safari tabs change their position in the address bar.
We tried it. It offers more real estate screen, but with dozen of Safari tabs open, it feels cramped on top. You can return to the previous arrangement from the same menu.
Tab Groups is another nice feature that allows you to combine similar tabs into one relevant group. To the example, You can add Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., tabs under Social Group in Safari.
3. Tags and smart folders in notes
macOS Monterey brings two new tricks to organize notes in the Apple Notes app. The first are tags. Similar to Evernote, you can now add a tag to a note for better organization.
Another nice trick is using Smart Folders in Notes. You can create a smart folder based on tag conditions and the app will add notes to it automatically. For example, you can create a smart folder called Finance and add notes that contain receipts, invoices, and other finance-related tags.
The possibilities are endless here. How you want to organize notes in Apple Notes is up to you.
4. Focus mode
Focus is Apple’s enhanced version of Do Not Disturb on the Mac. While Focus is available on the iPhone and iPad, it makes more sense on the Mac because you’re creating a more distraction-free environment when working on the Mac.
You can turn on focus mode from Mac Control Center. With Focus Profiles, users can create new Focus Profiles based on their needs and only allow notifications from certain apps and contacts.
5. Tags and smart lists in reminders
Similar to Apple Notes, the reminder app also gets support for tags and smart lists. As the name suggests, tags allow you to filter out reminders based on added tags.
Smart lists are even more powerful than smart folders in Notes. You can make a smart list based on tags, reminders, location, date, time, priority and flags. It is up to users to use Smart Lists in the Reminder app in macOS Monterey.
6. Make a quick note
Has an idea just crossed your mind and now you want to take note of it quickly? macOS Monterey has just the right tool for you. Hover your mouse pointer to the lower right corner and a Quick Note widget will appear for you to jot down the note.
The small note windows have all the editing features you need and can be accessed later using the Notes app on the Mac. iPad users with Apple Pencil will find it more convenient to take notes on the go.
7. Shared with you
News users will find this useful. Links, images, and other content shared with you in Messages will appear in a new “Shared for You” section in the dedicated app. In Photos, Safari, Apple Podcasts, and the Apple TV app, you can easily find your shared content, see who recommended it, and reply right from the app where you enjoy it without going back to messages.
8. Activity view and mentions in notes
Improvements to the Notes app don’t end with tags and a smart folder. macOS Monterey has a brand new activity page.
You can see what others have added to your shared note. And you can notify members with mentions in shared notes. Just put a member’s name in a note to send them a notification.
9. Universal control
Does your workflow include using an iPad with a Mac? Universal Control could be the perfect solution for you. Universal Control lets you use a single keyboard, mouse, or trackpad between Mac and iPad.
You can easily move your cursor from your Mac to your iPad, type on your Mac, see the words on your iPad, or even drag and drop content from one Mac to another.
10. Use the Shortcuts app
Shortcuts apps from iPhone and iPad are finally finding their way onto the Mac. With the introduction of shortcuts on the Mac, Apple built in built-in shortcuts for Mac.
You can browse pre-made shortcuts in the Shortcuts Gallery to find everything from creating your own GIFs in a snap to cleaning up your Downloads folder.
Users can also use the editor to create a custom shortcut. Read our post to learn how to use the Shortcuts app on Mac.
How to install macOS Monterey
If you haven’t joined the public beta MacOS Monterey program, you can wait until today until Apple releases the operating system to the public.
Once published, here are the steps you can take to install macOS on your Mac.
Before you go ahead and download the operating system, make sure you plug the Mac into a power source. This is a time-consuming process and it will take a few minutes to an hour for the update to install on your Mac.
You won’t want an interrupted download process due to your Mac’s low battery. Since the major operating system updates are over 1 GB in size, make sure you have a fast internet connection. If you are using dual band WiFi, try connecting to the 5 GHz frequency, not the 2.4 GHz frequency.
Step 1: Once your Mac is plugged in and connected via Wi-Fi, open the System Preferences app. Go to the Software Update menu.
Step 2: macOS will automatically check for new updates for your Mac and notify you of the macOS Monterey update on the Mac.
Step 3: You can click More info and check everything again with the macOS update.
Your Mac will start the download process and send you a notification when the update is ready to be installed. Go back to System settings> Software update and click on Restart now to install the latest operating system on your Mac.
macOS Monterey is not limited to just these functions. You can enjoy all of the new privacy features of iOS 15 such as: B. Hide My Email, iCloud Private Relay and two-factor authentication in the password menu on the Mac.
After the installation is successful, go through the list again and enjoy macOS Monterey. What new feature are you looking forward to on the Mac? Mute the sound in the comments section below.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our post for the best macOS Monterey tips and tricks.