macOS 12 Monterey Magic Mouse scroll & trackpad swipe gestures not working for some users, but there's a workaround

macOS is one of the best-operating systems for productivity purposes. In the last few years, many have made the transition from Windows to Mac because macOS has had fewer bugs and issues compared to the former.

But with the release of macOS Monterey, it looks like Apple is following in Microsoft’s footsteps with users reporting several bugs such as the universal clipboard not working for some and the Time Machine backup taking forever.


With that being said, it looks users are facing another software issue. Many who upgraded their system to macOS 12 Monterey say that their Magic Mouse scroll and the trackpad gestures randomly stop working (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10).

Users say that the issues were also reported on macOS 12 Monterey Beta, but thought that Apple would fix the bugs in the stable release. Many say that the issue can be fixed by simply power cycling the mouse, but this is really inconvenient and not at all practical.

Judging by the reports, it looks like the issue has made its way on macOS Monterey 12.1 as well. With Apple yet to acknowledge the issue, many are wondering how long it will take for a fix to come out.


I have recently updated from Big Sur to Monterey version 12.0.1 on my Macbook Air M1. Randomly, the swipe gestures stop working. I have asked one of my friends who uses the same device and he too is facing the problem. I often work on applications kept in different windows and with not being able to swipe, I am constantly restarting to recover from the issue. Is it happening with anybody else? Will future updates help in solving the problem or do I need to re-install the OS, heck of a time taking process in later as we need to install the applications again.

After updating to macOS Monterey beta 12.1 21C5039b. The response of the swiping gesture seems erratic. Well the thing is…For example, when you swipe from LEFT TO RIGHT (on the trackpad) with 3 fingers, it should be switch to the left virtual desktop, right?

Those affected can fix the magic mouse scroll and trackpad gestures issue by logging out and logging in again. Another workaround involves quitting the ‘Dock’ process from the Activity Manager.

In the meantime, do let us know if the aforementioned workarounds fix the Magic Mouse scroll and trackpad gestures issues for you in the comment section below.

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My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.