Having problems with Apple's new OS X Yosemite on your Macbook or iMac computer? Is Wi-Fi not working? Has battery life suffered? Are you having trouble getting Bluetooth to connect? Or maybe you’ve noticed your MacBook is now lagging on nearly every operation – especially in Safari! If you are dealing with any of these problems or others since upgrading to Yosemite, don’t worry. You aren’t alone. So are a lot of other people. But thankfully, there are a few fixes for widespread Yosemite problems users are experiencing. We’ve scoured the web looking for answers to the most prevalent OS X Yosemite issues and started compiling a running list here – along with possible fixes. With Yosemite only a week old it’s bound to have a few kinks in it. Hopefully, with our guide, you can smooth those problems out yourself and begin to enjoy the wonderful features Apple’s latest OS X brings.
OS X Yosemite Problems: How To Fix Wi-Fi, Battery Life, Bluetooth Connectivity, Lagging MacBooks, Mail And Other Things Annoying You In Apple’s Latest OS
Yosemite Problem #1: Wi-Fi Connection.
So you’ve installed OS X Yosemite and now you are having problems using your home Wi-Fi connection. This has probably bee the biggest problem so far with Yosemite, and yet the folks over at Naked Security assure us, it’s nothing new.
“This is not a new issue. It also happened with OS X Mavericks. We had this problem on one of our Macs running OS X Yosemite and fixed it the way we always have.”
Here’s a few things the Naked Security community suggests trying to fix Yosemite Wi-Fi issues
The Fix: Reset the System Management Controller (SMC)
· Resetting the SMC on portables with built-in batteries: 1. Shut down the computer. 2. Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if its not already connected. 3. On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time. 4. Release all the keys and the power button at the same time. 5. Press the power button to turn on the computer.
· Resetting the SMC on Mac portables with a battery you can remove: 1. Shut down the computer. 2. Disconnect the MagSafe power adapter from the computer, if it’s connected. 3. Remove the battery. 4. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds. 5. Release the power button. 6. Reconnect the battery and MagSafe power adapter. 7. Press the power button to turn on the computer.
· Resetting the SMC for Mac Pro, Intel-based iMac, Intel-based Mac mini, or Intel-based Xserve: 1. Shut down the computer. 2. Unplug the computer’s power cord. 3. Wait fifteen seconds. 4. Attach the computer’s power cord. 5. Wait five seconds, then press the power button to turn on the computer.
OS X Yosemite Problem #2: Bluetooth Connectivity
So maybe you aren’t having problems with Wi-Fi, but ever since you upgraded to Yosemite, you can’t seem to get Bluetooth to connect properly and let all your stuff play together nice and wirelessly. Many users on the Apple Discussion forums reported problems with getting their mouse and keyboard to work, or Bluetooth showing up as not available on the Mac or breaks in connectivity while trying to play music or complete other wireless operations. If you are experiencing any of these Bluetooth related problems in Yosemite, here’s a few fixes.
The Fix #1: Reset the PRAM and SMC (Instructions listed in previous section with Wi-FI issues)
The Fix #2: Open Bluetooth Preferences To Connect Devices
The Fix #3: Disconnect USB Peripherals
1. Disconnect all USB peripherals
2. Shut down the computer
3. Wait 3 minutes
4. Restart – Bluetooth works fine
OS X Yosemite Problem #3: Battery Life
Many people around the web have complained of issues with battery life after installing the Yosemite update – in fact a Reddit discussion has been devoted to it. As one user shared,
“I'm on a 2014 MacBook Air 13 inch and the battery seems to drain noticeably faster. When I'm doing simple tasks such as web browsing and playing music, the battery seems to go down quite a bit faster then before. Has anybody had any issues like this?”
To which another added,
“Same problem here. Charged to 100% two hours ago, and I'm sitting at 64% right now, whilst barely having touched the computer (checked my mails and went on FB for about half an hour). Now it says I have approximately 4 hours of battery life left.”
If you are also experiencing a problem with battery life on Yosemite, fortunately a user on Reddit was able to offer an explanation and a reassurance that it’s only temporary.
According to Redditor, seraphls
“Whenever you do a major update, the battery needs to recalibrate and Spotlight needs to reindex. It takes a day or two, and battery life bounces right back.”
So for all those fearing that bad battery life is the tradeoff for Yosemite’s new features, don’t worry. That problem should remedy itself shortly.
OS X Yosemite Problem #4: Outgoing Mail Can’t Be Sent
It seems some users are having trouble with Yosemite on both Mac and MacBook Air sending outgoing mails. The problem seems to be that the SMTP-connection fails. If you are experiencing a similar problem, here’s a couple fixed several in the Apple discussions community have reported to work.
The Fix #1:
Try going to Mail -> Preferences -> Highlight the account with the issue and under the "Account Information" tab you should see "Outgoing mail server (STMP)" In that drop down there is an option to "edit STMP server list".
Once in the edit list, Copy down all the settings for the server the account should be using from both the "account information" and "advanced" tabs, then delete the listing using the "-" button and then using the "+" add the server again with all the information you copied down
The Fix #2:
This link contains directions for manually deleting and setting up accounts https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6622973
OS X Yosemite Problem #5: Safari And Other Apps Are SO Slow
Apparently a lot of people are complaining that not only are apps and operations moving slowly but Safari is really lagging. Here are some solutions to the slow Safari and lagging apps problems that some have reported to work.
The Fix #1:
If you’ve just enabled FileVault 2, then you computer is probably using a lot of processing power to encrypt your disk. This will definitely slow things down a LOT, but when that's done, things will speed up.
The Fix #2:
Checking “Reduce transparency” in OS X 10.10 Yosemite solved my slow UI problem on 2 computers. pic.twitter.com/QVfePxRFNI
— Eric Cheng (@echeng) October 25, 2014
The Fix #3
· From your Safari menu bar click Safari > Preferences then select the Privacy tab.
· Click: Remove All Website Data
· Then delete the cache.
· Open a Finder window. From the Finder menu bar click Go > Go to Folder
· Type or copy paste the following
· Click Go then move the Cache.db file to the Trash.
· Quit and relaunch Safari to test.
· If that doesn't help, troubleshoot Safari extensions.
· From the Safari menu bar click Safari > Preferences then select the Extensions tab. Turn that OFF, quit and relaunch Safari to test.
· If that helped, turn one extension on then quit and relaunch Safari to test until you find the incompatible extension then click uninstall.
Having other problems with Yosemite or know some fixes that have worked for you? Share them with us in the comments below!