I have a late 2019 macbook pro (the base model). I've been running Catalina until yesterday when I upgraded to Big Sur 11.2.2. It's noticeably laggy. Has anyone experienced this? I'm not sure if 11.2.1 was laggy, so I was considering downgrading. Does anyone know how I can downgrade to 11.2.1, and possibly back to Catalina?
Here is how I would back date a newer Big Sur system to 11.2.1
If you have a Time Machine Backup from before you ran the upgrade. That means you can erase the Mac - get the installer for 11.2.1 and then erase / install in a fairly straight-forward manner.
Once 11.2.1 is running, migrate data from the Time Machine snapshot or backup interval before the upgrade (or whatever your custom backup procedure entails). If you don't have a backup - make one now so you can hand migrate some of the easy apps and files that are compatible with a downgrade - some apps like Photos databases don't necessarily work backwards so you'd need to handle those errors and issues one by one.
Also - Catalina may have made a snapshot of your system that’s usable as a backup, so you would just boot to recovery and restore the system to that shapshot and not even need to worry about an installer.
If you need to make a bootable 11.2.1 installer, here's how:
- Delete any Install macOS Big Sur apps you have in /Applications (or copy them to an external drive)
- Open terminal.app or another tool to get to the command line and issue this command
softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 11.2.1
Once the installer is there, follow this guide to make an installable USB for 11.2.1
Then follow this guide to erase install.