How do I give my Mac an application permission?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

To give an application permission on your Mac, you can follow these steps:

1. Start by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

2. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.” This will open a new window with various settings options.

3. In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Security & Privacy” icon. It is represented by a padlock icon and can be found in the top row of icons.

4. Once you click on “Security & Privacy,” a new window will open with several tabs. Make sure you are in the “Privacy” tab.

5. In the left sidebar of the Privacy tab, you will see a list of different privacy settings. Look for and click on “Accessibility.” This option controls which apps have access to control your Mac.

6. In the main window, you will see a list of applications that are currently allowed to access your Mac through Accessibility. If the app you want to give permission to is not listed, it means it has been denied access.

7. To give an app permission, click on the lock icon in the bottom-left corner of the window. You may need to enter your administrator password to make changes.

8. Once the lock is unlocked, you can now make changes to the accessibility settings. Click on the “+” button below the list of allowed apps.

9. A file browser window will appear, allowing you to navigate to the location of the app you want to give permission to. Select the app and click the “Open” button.

10. The app will now be added to the list of allowed apps in the Accessibility settings. Make sure the checkbox next to the app’s name is selected.

11. close the Security & Privacy window, and the app will now have the necessary permissions to access your Mac.

It’s worth noting that some apps may require additional permissions beyond just Accessibility. For example, certain apps may need access to your microphone, camera, or files. In such cases, you can navigate to the corresponding privacy settings within the Security & Privacy window and grant the necessary permissions.

Remember, granting an app permission means it will have access to control your Mac, so make sure you only give permission to apps you trust.