macOS Monterey Can’t Change Desktop Background! (Fixed!)

macOS Monterey desktop background not changing

macOS Monterey desktop background not changing

Do you have problems with changing the desktop background on your Mac after updating to macOS Monterey? Is the desktop picture not changing, although you’re clicking on the thumbnail of the desired wallpaper in System Preferences?

macOS Monterey Can’t Change Desktop Background!

macOS 12 comes with a new stock wallpaper that depicts a section of the underwater Monterey canyon. Apple hasn’t included real-life pictures in the Monterey dynamic desktop.

If you don’t like the abstract design you might want to switch back to the previous desktop background available in Big Sur. However, nothing happens when you click on the Big Sur coastline image!

How To Fix macOS Monterey Dynamic Desktop Not Changing

how to fix macos monterey desktop background not changing

  • Right-click on your desktop and go for Change Desktop Background.
  • The Desktop & Screen Saver settings open up. Tap on the desired wallpaper, available under Dynamic Desktop.
  • Important: If the background image fails to change, check if a small cloud icon with an arrow pointing downwards is displayed, in the top-right corner of the thumbnail.

    Fix: The same icon is also displayed next to the wallpaper’s name. Click it and the desktop will start downloading. It will show up as a background as soon as the download completes.

Have you managed to fix macOS Monterey dynamic desktop not available? Do you have other questions or suggestions? Use the comments section.

Related: Other common macOS Monterey issues are:
Photos screensavers not working, showing black screen.
Photo slideshows not playing.
USB hubs not working.