Here's how to fix the biggest problems in macOS 11 Big Sur

In mid-November, macOS Big Sur was released, the biggest update to the Mac in years. When you start up your Mac after installing the new operating system, you will find numerous changes. The standard apps have been overhauled, the dock has been adjusted and the way notifications are displayed is different than you are used to. However, the launch of a new operating system is not always without problems and that is no different with Apple. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the issues currently being reported with Big Sur.

1. Failed to Download

Many Mac users have trouble downloading the update directly. Later it turned out that the problem was with the installation file, which prevented Big Sur from downloading automatically. This has now been resolved by Apple, but you are still unable to download the update, please check first if the problem is not with Apple by going to this status page. Do you see a red ball next to macOS Software Update then you will not be able to download the update at that time. Patiently waiting is the credo.

Also check if you have enough space to download the update. Big Sur needs about 15 GB of free space. You can check if you have enough space on your Mac by tapping the Apple icon at the top right of the menu bar and select About this Mac. Then go to Storage.

2. Unable to install or takes a long time

Have you downloaded macOS Big Sur but are having trouble installing it? This is also a common problem. Many users see a black screen with a white Apple logo, while the installation bar shows no progress. It pays to be patient, sometimes the installation just takes a while. If the installation bar still hasn't moved up after an hour or two, it's time to take action. Restart your Mac. In many cases, the installation bar will suddenly jump forward and the installation will continue. If this is not the solution either, try starting your Mac in safe mode.

3. Shorter battery life

After installing Big Sur, your Mac's battery may be draining faster than usual. This is probably related to certain tasks that the operating system runs in the background. This is often the case if you have just installed a new OS. After a few hours or days, your Mac will often have completed these tasks and you will notice that your battery life is back to normal.

If not, make sure to update all your apps to the latest version. You can also tap the battery icon in the menu bar to see which apps are taking up a lot of battery life. Quit these apps and see if the battery life improves.

4. Fan makes noise

Some Mac users are complaining about the fan in their Mac making a lot of noise since the Big Sur update. This too is often related to the fact that your PC is working hard behind the scenes to complete the installation of the operating system. Once this process has been completed, you will notice that the fans make a lot less noise.

5. Problems with Mail App

Many changes have been made to Apple's default Mail app and several users are encountering issues. On the one hand, this has to do with the new layout, which means that many users can no longer find certain functions. For example, you have to add the trash can again to the menu via the plus sign next to your Favorites. But there are also real bugs that sometimes make the Mail app unusable, such as the search function that no longer works optimally, the paper clip that cannot be found and folders that are suddenly empty and have to be added again. Unfortunately, there is still no solution to these problems and the ball is now in Apple's court to do something about it.

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