Tap To Click Not Working On Mac In macOS Monterey (Fix?)

Tap to click not working on Mac

Tap to click not working on Mac

Is Tap to click not working on Mac since updating to macOS Monterey? This seems to be a common problem that MacBook users face after installing macOS 12.0.1. Although enabled, the Tap to click with one finger gesture isn’t recognized by the trackpad, resulting in a false click.

Tap To Click Not Working On Mac

This issue has been reported by Sandra on yourmacOS Monterey 12.0.1 review page:

“Trackpad not registering clicks. I often have to repeat the gesture for this to work. Is this a known bug?”

This appears to be a widespread issue. A similar report on Reddit claims that the issue was first spotted in the beta versions of macOS 12:

“Tap to click sometimes not working in Monterey ?”

Fact: Apparently the Tap to click bug is affecting both built-in trackpads of MacBook Air M1 models and others, as well as the Magic Trackpad accessory sold by Apple which can be used with a Mac Mini and other desktop models.

How To Fix Tap To Click Not Working

The good news is that Apple is aware of the bug and seems to have actually fixed the issue in the most recent macOS 12.1 Developer Beta.

Until macOS 12.1 becomes available to the general public, you can apply the following workarounds:
disable and enable tap to click on Mac

1. Disable & Re-Enable Tap To Click

  • Open System Preferences and go for Trackpad.
  • Uncheck Tap to click and close System Preferences.
  • Open the same menu again and re-enable Tap to click. This should temporarily fix the issue.

2. Restart Mac

You can also try the classic fix of rebooting your computer. Although it might work, this troubleshooting option is also not permanent:
Tap the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen and go for Restart…

Have you managed to fix Tap to click in macOS Montere? Do you have a better solution? Use the comments section to share your feedback.

Related: Check out more fixes for other common macOS Monterey problems:
Mouse cursor stuck in macOS 12.0.1
USB hubs not working properly.
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