macOS Mojave Common Issues & Fixes

After the arrival of macOS Mojave, you may have faced issues with the new operating system. The blog highlights a few common macOS Mojave problems and resolutions in a doable manner.

Launched in September 2018, Apple’s macOS Mojave 10.14 brought some exciting new features to the desktop operating system, but it also led to probable issues that may hinder working with Mac (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini).

No need to visit Apple store or wait for new updates (except for a few unresolved issues). Try implementing the solutions provided here and enjoy the benefits of macOS Mojave.

The following table depicts the macOS Mojave issues and corresponding fixes:

Issue Fixes
Download, Installation Failure
  • Ensure your old Mac is eligible for Mojave update
  • Need at least 4 GB RAM, upgrade if necessary
  • Need at least 20 GB free storage space
  • Backup the entire Mac storage drive
  • Use a good Wi-Fi connection
  • Update old OS to latest version
  • Re-download the macOS installer
  • Re-install macOS Mojave
Wi-Fi Not Functioning
  • First off, restart Wi-Fi
  • If restart doesn’t help, check Wi-Fi in safe mode
  • If Wi-Fi works in safe mode, update all apps
Bluetooth Issue
  • Delete file and restart Mac
  • The file recreates on the next launch of Bluetooth
iCloud Syncing Problem
  • Sign out from iCloud, then sign in again
  • If sign out does not help, delete CloudDocs folder
  • Stop a few iCloud-related process via Activity Monitor
  • Disable then re-enable iMessages syncing via iCloud
Battery Life is Down
  • Uninstall apps that drain battery
Time Machine Issue
Third-party Apps Issue
  • Using 64-bit apps as 32-bit apps do not work on Mojave
  • For 64-bit app issue, uninstall the app and reinstall
Quit Apps Remain in Dock
  • Go to System Preferences > Dock
  • Untick ‘Show recent applications in Dock’
Freezing, Crashing, or Slow OS
  • Remove system junk, app caches, and unused apps
  • Quit memory hungry apps and processes
  • Update all apps to the Mojave compatible version
  • Clean desktop icon to reduce RAM usage

Common Data Loss Cases on Mojave

Data loss incident is common and independent of the operating system you use on your Mac machine. Apple’s macOS Mojave is no exception in the area of data loss.

You can lose your data in the following situations:

  1. Upgrade macOS Mojave without backing up complete data by using Time Machine
  2. Empty your Trash without verifying the deleted files and folders
  3. Use the ‘Delete Immediately’ option
  4. Use Option + Shift + Command + Delete key combinations
  5. Finder does not recognize your storage drive due to corruption in drive’s file system
  6. Erase storage drive accidentally or intentionally with no recent backup

In such logical data loss situations and others, Stellar Data Recovery Professional is veritably useful to recover the lost data. The software is compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14 and Time Machine. Watch the below video to see the software in action on macOS Mojave.


In this blog, we highlighted a few common issues faced by Mac users while upgrading their operating system to macOS Mojave.

The resolutions provided in the blog help Mac users address these Mojave upgrade-related issues. For instance, it’s imperative to take the complete backup of data before upgrading the OS to avoid data loss incident.

In case data loss occurs due to any reason, free download Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac to scan and preview the recoverable files.

Register the utility once you are happy with the preview result. Save the files to a different drive location to avoid overwriting and use Drive Monitor as a complimentary benefit.

  1. Ethel Dawson December 27, 2018
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