Should I upgrade to macOS Ventura from Monterey?

macOS Ventura is the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system for Mac computers. It was unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2022 and was officially released to the public on October 24, 2022 [1]. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of Ventura’s new features and help Mac users decide if they should upgrade from the previous version, macOS Monterey. We’ll look at compatibility, performance improvements, security enhancements, the upgrade process, and provide a recommendation on whether upgrading to Ventura is advisable.

New Features

macOS Ventura introduces several major new features and enhancements to the core apps and functionality of the Mac operating system. According to Apple’s website (, some of the key new features in Ventura include:

Stage Manager

Stage Manager is a new multitasking experience that automatically organizes open apps and windows so users can concentrate on their work. It groups open windows together on the left side of the screen and allows users to switch between apps and windows just by clicking. Stage Manager also supports overlapping window resizing.

Continuity Camera

With Continuity Camera, iPhone can be used as a webcam for Mac to enable high quality video in apps like FaceTime, Zoom and Teams. It supports Center Stage, Portrait mode, and the Ultra Wide camera for creative flexibility.

Upgrades to Mail, Safari, Messages

The Mail app gains improved search, reminders and follow up capabilities. Safari includes shared tab groups, web push notifications and Passkeys. The Messages app improves group conversations with shared edits, undo send, and mark as unread. According to Apple (, there are many other updates as well.

Overall, Ventura delivers major upgrades for core productivity, communication, and multitasking on Macs. Key highlights include Stage Manager, Continuity Camera, Mail, Safari and Messages improvements.


macOS Ventura is compatible with Macs introduced in 2017 or later, with a few exceptions. According to Apple’s support article macOS Ventura is compatible with these computers, supported Mac models include:

  • MacBook Pro from 2017 or later
  • MacBook Air from 2018 or later
  • MacBook from 2017 or later
  • iMac Pro
  • iMac from 2017 or later
  • Mac mini from 2018 or later
  • Mac Studio
  • Mac Pro from 2019 or later

Notably, the 12-inch MacBook and some older MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are not supported. As explained in a Macworld article macOS compatibility: Can your Mac run Ventura?, Macs from 2016 and earlier cannot run Ventura, except for the 2017 iMac Pro.

So in summary, Ventura is compatible with Macs from 2017 and later, with just a few exceptions. Check Apple’s compatibility list to see if your specific Mac model supports Ventura.


When it comes to performance, Ventura offers some improvements over Monterey, but not dramatically so. According to benchmarks, Ventura scores around 10-15% higher on average than Monterey in both single and multi-core tests [1]. However, real-world usage may not reflect such gains.

In terms of speed and efficiency, Ventura feels very similar to Monterey for most tasks like web browsing, office applications, etc. Both operating systems are relatively snappy on modern Macs. However, some users have reported Ventura feeling a bit slower and buggier than Monterey, especially on older Intel-based Macs [2]. Battery life is comparable between the two OS versions.

When upgrading to Ventura, it’s normal to experience some temporary slowdowns as your Mac optimizes and indexes the new system files. Allow a day or two for this process to finish. Overall, Ventura brings incremental but not dramatic speed boosts, with the potential for new bugs. Performance should be similar to Monterey for most users.


macOS Ventura introduces important security enhancements to help keep your data safe. According to Apple’s security overview, Ventura improves data protections, authentications, Safari protections and more (Apple Support). For example, Rapid Security Responses allow Apple to quickly roll out security fixes between normal software updates (Apple Support).

Some key security improvements include:

  • Stronger protections for browsing in Safari, such as Passkeys which replace passwords
  • Enhanced anti-malware capabilities through updates to XProtect
  • Lockdown Mode to defend against cyberattacks by restricting certain features
  • Hardware security keys for two-factor authentication
  • Improvements to iCloud data protections

Overall, Ventura provides significant security advancements to keep user data safe from emerging threats. Users concerned about security should consider upgrading to take advantage of the latest protections.

Upgrade Process

The process to upgrade from macOS Monterey to Ventura is relatively straightforward. Here are the steps:

1. Back up your Mac before upgrading. This will allow you to revert back to Monterey if needed. Use Time Machine or create a bootable backup.[1]

2. Check that your Mac meets the minimum system requirements for Ventura. Most Macs from 2017 onward should be compatible.[2]

3. Download the Ventura installer from the App Store. Click “Get” on the Ventura page and it will download.

4. Run the Ventura installer and follow the prompts to upgrade your system.

5. Your Mac will restart a couple times during the installation process. Make sure to save your work before starting.

6. Once installation is complete, your Mac will boot up into Ventura and you’re all set!

The upgrade from Monterey to Ventura is a smooth process for most users. However, there are a few potential issues to be aware of:

– Older apps or peripherals may not be compatible with Ventura. Check compatibility before upgrading.

– The installation can take 1-2 hours on an older Mac. Make sure you have time to complete it.

– A small number of users have reported issues upgrading from Monterey to Ventura. If you run into problems, you may need to try installing again or restore from backup.

– Downgrading from Ventura to Monterey is not straightforward. Only upgrade if you are sure you want to switch to Ventura.


One concern with upgrading to a new operating system is the ability to downgrade back to the previous version if issues arise. Fortunately, it is possible to downgrade from Ventura back to Monterey if needed, though the process can be a bit involved.

To downgrade, you will first need to create a bootable installer drive for the version of macOS you want to revert to. Detailed instructions for creating this drive can be found in this MacWorld article. Once you have the bootable drive, you will boot your Mac from it and reinstall the older OS version.

It’s important to note that downgrading will erase your drive, so be sure to have a current backup before attempting it. You’ll also need to reinstall any applications and restore any data from your backup after downgrading.

While not without some effort, the option to downgrade does provide some peace of mind when deciding to upgrade to Ventura. As noted in this Apple Support discussion, users have successfully reverted back to Monterey after trying out Ventura.


Based on the pros and cons discussed, I would recommend upgrading from macOS Monterey to Ventura for most users. The new features like Stage Manager, Continuity Camera, and improvements to apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages provide nice enhancements to the overall experience. The initial issues and bugs that existed in Ventura’s early releases have largely been fixed in the latest 13.x updates. As long as your Mac model is supported and you have backed up your data, the upgrade process is straightforward.

The performance gains, improved security protections, and ability to get the latest features make Ventura the better choice for eligible Macs. You’ll continue getting regular security updates as well. Unless you rely on an app that is not yet compatible, upgrading provides more benefits than staying on Monterey. As always, be sure to carefully check app compatibility and read feedback from early adopters before taking the plunge. But for most mainstream Mac users on supported hardware, Ventura is a worthy upgrade over Monterey.


When upgrading to macOS Ventura from Monterey, it’s helpful to keep some tips in mind for a smooth upgrade process and adjusting to the new operating system. Here are some key tips:

Before upgrading, make sure to back up your Mac so you have a restore point in case anything goes wrong. Also check that your apps are compatible with Ventura to avoid issues.

The upgrade process itself should be straightforward, but make sure to allot an hour or more for the install and any necessary restarts. Stay near your Mac in case you need to intervene.

Once Ventura is installed, spend some time exploring the new features and changes. Adjust System Preferences to your liking for things like wallpaper and notification settings. The new Stage Manager feature in particular will take some adjustment.

Ventura adds helpful continuity features with iPhone, like using your iPhone as a Mac webcam and Handoff for FaceTime. Enable these in Settings for seamless integration.

Overall, take your time learning Ventura’s new additions like Spotlight search improvements and the Weather and Clock apps. With some minor adjustments, you’ll be off and running with the latest macOS in no time.


To summarize, macOS Ventura offers several exciting new features like Continuity Camera, Stage Manager, and improvements to apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. However, as with any new operating system release, there are compatibility concerns and the potential for bugs.

Ventura’s system requirements are essentially the same as Monterey’s, so most Macs from 2017 onward should be able to run it. Performance is snappy even on older hardware based on early hands-on impressions.

The upgrade process is straightforward but can take time. You should ensure you have a current backup before upgrading in case you need to revert back to Monterey. Downgrading is possible but not always smooth.

Overall, if you have a compatible Mac and are curious about the new features in Ventura, it makes sense to upgrade. The security updates alone are worthwhile for most users. However, if you rely on older 32-bit apps or need rock solid stability, you may want to wait for the first few incremental updates before upgrading to iron out any remaining bugs.