Fix External Monitor/Second Display not working on macOS 12.3 Monterey

External MonitorSecond Display not working on macOS
External MonitorSecond Display not working on macOS

If you are facing issues while using the External display or second monitor after updating on the macOS 12.3 Monterey then you have landed at the right place. In this guide, I am going to discuss this issue and will provide some potential workarounds to get the external/second display working on your Apple Mac PC.

Apple has recently released the macOS 12.3 update to its users that is loaded with a number of features along with one of the most eagerly awaited features, the Universal Control. Alongside, there is a group of new emojis, ultra-wideband support, the ability to log in without passwords, and much more. But this new update is not equally pleasant for every Mac user as there is a section of users who are reporting that their external monitor (second display) is not working right after installing the latest macOS 12.3 update.

As per the affected users, the external display is either completely blank or getting a no signal output display message while connecting the display via USB-C. Some users have also shared their observation that the second display is not even being shown in the Displays section of the System Preferences. However, some users’ display is being recognized by their Mac PCs but is not working.

The scenario further extends and users report that the Monitor’s camera, speakers, USB ports, Mic, etc. are all working. The only issue that is being faced by the users is with the display output of the second display. Let me tell you that this issue has not emerged for the first time in history. The same issue was also seen a couple of years back when Apple released the macOS 11.1 Big Sur update.

How to Fix Second Display/External Monitor not working on macOS 12.3 Monterey

If you are also one of those affected Mac users and are not able to use an external display after updating the system to macOS 12.3 Monterey then you can try the following workarounds to get rid of it. There are a number od workarounds and fixes as there no single universal fix as such that can work for everyone. So, you’ll have to try the below-mentioned fixes one by one to get the one that works for your PC.

Fix 1: Try Using HDMI

Since the reported issue is being faced by the users while connecting the display using the USB-C port, you can try using the HDMI cable to make the connection instead. It is possible if the USB-C connection was going through some bugs, the HDMI connection will work.

Fix 2: Switch the Primary & Secondary displays

If the external display is bing recoganized by your System Preferences, then you should try to switch the primary and seconday displays. That means, make the primary display as the secondary one and vice versa. Here’s how to do this:

  • Open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple logon on the top left corner.
  • Go to System Preferences.
  • Click on Displays.
  • Now click the secondary display and drag it to the left to make it the primary one.

Once done, check if you are now able to use the external display or not.

Fix 3: Replug USB C to Second Display

This workaround has been provided by one of the users in the Apple community that has been worked for him. He was having a Mac Mini and as per him, the macOS 12.3 is not able to distinguish b/w the two monitors, making it to recoganize only one of them. Here’s what he did to make the second monitor to get recoganized by his miac Mini:

  • He first replaced the unrecoganized monitor’s connection to HDMI from USB-C.
  • Then he shuts down the Mac. You can do so by clicking on Shut Down from the Apple menu.
  • Now, he removed the USB-C cable from his Mac Mini (not from the monitor), leaving the HDMI cable and unrecoganized monitor still connected.
  • Then he gives power to the monitor connected via HDMI, check the monitor, screen size, and refresh rate and then shuts it down.
  • Now, he poweres on the USB-C monitor and then connects it to the Mac Mini i.e. he plugs the USB-C cable that he removed back into his Mac Mini.
  • Finally, he turns on the Mac Mini and now his Mac mini is recoganizing both the monitors.

You can also follow along to this procedure to get the second monitor worjing again on your macOS 12.3.

Fix 4: Connect the monitor using Display Port and HDMI Simultaneously

Some users have reported a pretty weird workaround but has actually worked for them and they have resolved the issue. As per the users, connect your one of the monitors to your Mac Mini via the Display port and HDMI port simultaneously and the other monitor via only the display port. This have worked for them and you can also surely try this if this works for you.

Fix 5: Downgrade the DisplayPort Version to v1.2

This whole scenarios akes it evident that as of now, the macOS 12.3 os not comatible with the DisplayPort 1.4 that allows faster data rate , refersg and stream compression. Hence you’ll have to doiwngrade to the DisplayPort 1.2 in order to get the monitors working. This same fix also worked when this issue was first emmerged with the macOS 11.1 Big Sur update.

Keeping this in mind, let’s downgrade the default port form the version 1,4 to version 1.2. Please do note that some old monitors might only have the DisplayPort Version 1.1 and 1.2 with tha latter being the default set. In that case, you will need to downgrade to the version 1.1. You’ll get the option to changeb the DisplayPort Version in the settings of your Monitor. Here’s how its done on my LG monitor.

  • Open the LG monitor’s Settings menu.
  • Go to General.
  • Select the DisplayPortVersion option.
  • Now, change its version to 1.2 if its on 1.4 or chage it to 1.1 if the default is 1.2.

Bottom Line

So, this is how you can solve the issue if the So with this, we round off the guide on how you could fix the external monitor/second display not working issue in macOS 12.3 Monterey. As I have already mentioned, there is no single universal way to fix the problem, hence I have provided different workarounds that have worked for the users. Do let me know in the comments, which one worked for you. If you have any other fix worth mentioning in this fixing guide, please mention that in the comments as well.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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  1. I have LG monitors and I think the problem is with the energy setting on the LG and or the firmware. Everytime my secondary LG montior goes blank I plug into a old monitor and back into the LG and the LG works.

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