How to Fix iMovie Not Working on macOS Monterey


Some users are reporting troubles with iMovie after upgrading to macOS Monterey. Several issues include the following:

  • iMovie will not open.
  • Projects cannot be opened or played.
  • iMovie displays “spinning beach ball loading” notifications incessantly.
  • Files cannot be saved or exported.
  • iMovie lags, freezes, and runs at a snail’s pace.

These issues appear to have begun just after updating to this version of Apple’s operating system, macOS Monterey. iMovie is a well-known video editing application.

This article discusses measures you can take to resolve this issue if you are also experiencing it.

When you open iMovie on your computer, you may get an error message. Here are some tips to fix iMovie Not Working on macOS Monterey. Before proceeding, you may want to make a Time Machine backup of your Mac.

1. Restart

Let us begin with this. Simply restart your Mac and then launch iMovie to determine if the issue persists. Restart your Mac by selecting Apple Menu > Restart.

2. Update

Ascertain that you are using the most recent version of iMovie. If not, you’ll need to update iMovie on your Mac. Here’s how to check for updates and update if necessary.

iMovie Not Working on macOS Monterey

  • Click the Apple menu on your Mac.
  • Choose the App Store.
  • Select Updates from the menu.
  • If any updates are available, you can select Update All. Alternatively, you can update iMovie only by clicking the Update button.

Additionally, keep your Mac up to date. Because fresh Monterey updates may be forthcoming. All you have to do is navigate to System Preferences > Software Update.

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3. Reset NVRAM or PRAM

Resetting the NVRAM or PRAM may resolve your iMovie issue. Take the following steps:

  • Shut off your Mac using the Apple menu (Apple menu > Shut Down).
  • Disconnect all external devices attached to the Mac except the keyboard and mouse.
  • Reset the NVRAM or PRAM memory.
  • Now, launch iMovie and verify that your issue has been resolved. If iMovie is running properly now, that is, if the problem has been resolved, connect your external devices one at a time until you determine which device is causing the issue. If iMovie does not open, proceed to the next step.

4. Reset iMovie preferences

This restores your choices to their default state. This will not result in the deletion of your library. This is how you do it:

iMovie Not Working on macOS Monterey

  • Terminate iMovie (iMovie > Terminate iMovie).
  • While iMovie is open, press and hold the Option and Command keys.
  • A popup window will appear asking if you wish to erase your choices. “Delete Preferences” should be clicked.

5. Delete and reinstall iMovie

If the iMovie problem persists, remove and reinstall the iMovie application. This will have no impact on your libraries. This is how:

  • To delete iMovie, open Launchpad, locate iMovie using the search area, hold down the Option key, and then click the Delete button next to iMovie. A message box will show asking whether you are certain you want to delete the program “iMovie”. Click the Delete button.
  • After that, restart your Mac.
  • Additionally, reinstall iMovie. On your Mac, launch the App Store application. Locate and download iMovie.
  • Open iMovie to verify that everything is working properly now.
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Kuldeep Sathwara
Kuldeep Sathwara
Kuldeep is an iOS lover loves to write about the iphones ,iPad, Mac Updates, issues , Fixes and More.

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