Monterey brings many new features to the table but also packs issues of its own, such as battery drain problems. Many users also complained the USB 3.0 ports on their hubs stopped working after upgrading to Monterey. Sometimes, power is allowed to pass through to connected devices, but users can’t transfer data. The HDMI and USB-C ports work properly, the only problem is with the USB 3.0 ports.
This bug has been around ever since Monterey was in the Beta testing phase. Unfortunately, it made it all the way to release. MacBooks already have a limited number of ports and this bug only makes matters worse. People not being able to use their peripherals is actually a big deal.
How to Fix USB Hub Issues on macOS Monterey
Use a Different Cable
Try using a USB-FI certified USB-C 3.1 or USB 3.0 Type-A cable. Apparently, using a different cable forces your peripherals to connect at USB 2.0 speeds. Devices that don’t support USB 2.0 connections instantly become unusable.
Hopefully, Apple will release a hotfix to correct this issue in the coming weeks. Install the latest updates as soon as they’re available.
Downgrade to Big Sur
If this annoying bug makes you regret installing Monterey on your device, you can roll back to Big Sur. Use a pre-Monterey Time Machine backup to restore Big Sur. Don’t forget to back up your data before downgrading to a previous macOS version.
- Connect your Time Machine drive to your Mac.
- Restart your computer and keep pressing the Command and R keys until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
- Select Restore From Time Machine Backup.
- Then select the backup you want to use.
- Follow the rest of the on-screen steps to complete the process.
Alternatively, you can also wipe your machine, and then download the installer for the macOS version you want to restore. Use this method if you don’t have a backup at hand.
As many Mac users confirmed, Monterey may sometimes break USB 3.0 connections. Try using a USB-FI certified USB-C 3.1 cable, and check if you notice any improvements. If the issue persists, roll back to Big Sur until Apple pushes a hotfix to patch this annoying bug.
Have you experienced any USB 3.0 issues after upgrading to Monterey? Did you find other ways to troubleshoot these problems? Let us know in the comments below.