The latest macOS, Ventura, looks a lot like the previous macOS, Monterey. The one major exception that stands out is the new System Settings. The new System Settings replaces the old System Preferences and looks a lot like the Settings app from iOS/iPadOS.
Personally, I was never a fan of System Preferences, so I look forward to the experience of using a new settings setup; however, some already hate the new System Settings. No matter your feelings, the new settings app will take some getting used to. In this article, we will outline the changes. We list all of the old System Preferences icons and where those settings can be found under the new System Settings.
The old System Preferences
The familiar collection of preference icon’s from Monterey’s System Preferences:
Where to find System Preferences icons in System Settings
We divide these into categories: ones that are still there — in the main System Settings list, and ones that are now under another settings entry.
In System Settings, with the default window size, you will have to scroll to see all of the options. You can also resize the window (vertically) to see all the options.
System Preferences items that are still in System Settings
These items can be found in the top-level list in the left sidebar in System Settings.
- Apple ID
- Internet Accounts
- Users & Groups
- Screen Time
- Printers & Scanners
System Preferences items that are now under a similar name
- Desktop & Screen Saver – Now under Wallpaper or Screensaver.
- Dock & Menu Bar – Now under Desktop & Dock.
- Siri – Now under Siri & Spotlight.
- Spotlight – Now under Siri & Spotlight.
- Notifications & Focus – Now under Notifications or Focus.
- Security & Privacy – Now Privacy & Security.
System Preferences items now under General
Many of the old System Preferences icons are now located under General.
- Language & Region
- Software Update
- Date & Time
- Time Machine
- Startup Disk
Other System Preference items that have moved
- Family Sharing – Now under Apple ID.
- Mission Control – Now under Desktop & Dock.
- Extensions – Now under Privacy & Security.
- Profiles – Now under Privacy & Security.
About This Mac is now under System Settings
If you need information about your Mac, want to look at or manage its storage or see warranty info, this is now all under System Settings > General > About. You can still see some basic info by going to Apple menu > About This Mac, but clicking on More Info will take you to System Settings.
New items in System Settings
There are a few new top-level entries in System Settings.
There is a new System Settings option in the list named Appearance. The items found under Appearance were previously under General in the old System Preferences. Under Appearance, you can find controls for Light/Dark modes, accent colors and scroll bar customization.
The new Lock Screen takes Lock Screen settings that were previously available in different areas of System Preferences and puts them all in one place.
Login Password or Touch ID & Password
You may see either Login Password or Touch ID & Password. Here you can find your login password and related settings like Touch ID settings or unlock with Apple Watch settings.
Game Center has an entry in the System Settings list.
Wallet & Apple Pay
You may see Wallet & Apple Pay if your Mac has Touch ID.
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