macOS is one of the best operating systems for productivity purposes. macOS generally has had fewer bugs and issues compared to the former. But with the release of macOS Monterey, users reported several bugs such as the universal clipboard not working. With that being said, it looks users are facing another software issue. Many who upgraded their system to macOS 12 Monterey say that their trackpad not working or randomly stop working.
Apple Trackpad is very smart that works on finger gestures and touch sensitivity. But what if it stops working.
There are many reasons behind this frozen trackpad of Mac. But you can fix it by using the fixes mentioned below.
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- Trackpad not working after Monterey update
- Try restarting
- Double-click not working
- Try deleting the Plist file of Trackpad
- Hard to click
- Disable Force click
- Repair macOS
- Reinstall macOS
- Hardware issue
- Contact Apple Support
ISSUES & FIXES
Trackpad not working after Monterey update
That’s a temporary issue if you are getting triggered message ”Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present”. Hope you get to fix this issue automatically in a subsequent macOS update. For Now, Connect External USB Mouse to your Mac and Uncheck the option by connecting to External USB Mouse. Connect the external USB mouse to your Mac. Now, uncheck the above option when you see the message, this will fix your issue.
2. Try Restarting
- From the “Apple” menu restart your Mac.
- After successfully Mac restarts. Close the lid and leave it for a few minutes.
- Now open the lid and check if the trackpad is working or not.
3. Double-click not working
Change Double Click speed to normal speed because the fastest Speed for Double click doesn’t record if you are tapping a finger on Rampage at normal speed. I recommend setting that speed to medium speed.
Follow this step, Apple logo from top Mac Menu > System Preferences > Accessibility> Mouse & Trackpad > Now Change Double Click speed to normal on the slider.
Auto Disable or ignore Built-In Trackpad or Mouse when connecting to External or Third-Party Accessories. The last checkbox option is for Auto disable while using an external Trackpad or mouse. Uncheck “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present.”
4. Try deleting the Plist file
Open Finder from Mac > From Top Mac Menu > Go > Go To Folder > Type “/Library/Preferences”. Press the Go button to get PList files. Find the trackpad files and Delete them. After Deleting the files, Restart your mac and Check that your issues are fixed or not.
5. Hard to click
You can customize the Trackpad sensitivity or Tracking Speed. If mouse pointer is unresponsive. We can manage it from the Mac settings. Go to Apple Logo from the mac menu > System Preferences > Trackpad.
Under Point & Click Tab, the Last option is the Tracking speed slider. Keep this speed normal. This will fix trackpad sensitivity issues.
6. Disable Force click
Disabling force click can be helpful when your Mac’s trackpad is not working. Kindly note that this fix will only work for the MacBooks which have the 3D touch.
- Open “System Preferences” from the “Apple” menu.
- Select the “Trackpad” and click on the “Point & Click” tab.
- Click on “Force Click” and “Haptic feedback” and uncheck them.
- This will fix the issue of the trackpad not working.
7. Repair macOS
Repair your MacOS using Built-in apple’s Disk First Aid Option under Disk utility. The repairing process will take a few minutes depending on the Data size saved on your Mac drive.
Follow the below steps to Diagnose and Repair corrupted MacOS File and fix itself automatically in the background. Follow the below steps:
- Open Disk Utility from Spotlight Search.
- Next, Select the Primary Drive from the Sidebar of the window and click on First Aid
- Option to Start the Repair process.
- Click on Run to Start.
8. Reinstall macOS
Reinstalling macOS is a helpful solution to fix the issue related to software or Internal bugs. Install a New copy of macOS on your Mac without Touch Data saved on your Mac. Although, back up Mac Data first and Start the Reinstall process on Mac in Recovery mode. This will fix the issue of the trackpad not working.
9. Hardware issue
If your Mac trackpad jammed or stuck in clicked mode. You have to do some physical actions that help remove dust, fist use your Mouth Air and Blow forcefully as you through heavy air into border space. Or use thick Paper, insert the paper in a slot and move around the button. This will help in removing and cleaning up dirt & dust. If this trick doesn’t work, then you have to replace the upper case assembly.
If your Trackpad is physically stuck or repairing cost is more than expected, then I recommend buying another external trackpad. That supports your Other Apple Macs and iPad.
10. Contact Apple Support
If none of the solutions work for you, you should take the help of professionals and solve your problem. Hardware issues may create a big problem like this. Find the real reasons from the apple support center nearby you.
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We hope, this article is helpful for you. In case you face any problems using the solutions in this article, please feel free to contact us through the comments section.