If you have a Mac computer, you may have noticed that some apps are protected by default and require your permission to access certain features or files. This is a security measure that helps prevent unauthorized or malicious apps from harming your system or data. However, sometimes you may want to change the settings of a protected app to allow it more access or restrict it further. In this article, we will show you how to do that in a few simple steps.
What are Protected Apps on Mac
Protected apps on Mac are apps that have been signed by Apple or a trusted developer and have been verified by the system as safe and secure. These apps can run without any restrictions on your Mac, unless you change their settings manually. You can recognize protected apps by the small padlock icon next to their name in the Finder or the Launchpad.
How to Change Protected App Settings on Mac
To change the settings of a protected app on Mac, you need to use the Security & Privacy pane in the System Preferences. Here are the steps to follow:
Open the System Preferences app from the Apple menu or the Dock.
Click on the Security & Privacy icon.
Click on the Privacy tab.
On the left side, you will see a list of categories that protected apps may request access to, such as Contacts, Calendar, Camera, Microphone, etc. Click on the category that you want to change the settings for.
On the right side, you will see a list of apps that have requested or been granted access to that category. To change the settings for an app, check or uncheck the box next to its name. You may need to click on the lock icon at the bottom left and enter your administrator password to make changes.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for any other categories or apps that you want to change the settings for.
When you are done, close the System Preferences app.
Note that some apps may require you to restart them or your Mac for the changes to take effect.
Changing protected app settings on Mac can help you customize your security and privacy preferences and give you more control over how apps access your system and data. However, you should be careful not to grant access to apps that you don't trust or need, as this may compromise your security and privacy. If you have any questions or comments about this topic, feel free to leave them below.
How to Uninstall Protected Apps on Mac
Sometimes you may want to uninstall a protected app on Mac that you no longer use or need. However, you may encounter some difficulties or errors when trying to do so. This is because protected apps are usually installed in the Applications folder, which is a system folder that requires special permissions to modify. To uninstall a protected app on Mac, you need to follow these steps:
Open the Finder app from the Dock or the desktop.
Click on the Applications folder in the sidebar or the toolbar.
Locate the app that you want to uninstall and drag it to the Trash icon in the Dock. Alternatively, you can right-click on the app and select Move to Trash.
You may need to enter your administrator password or use Touch ID to confirm the action.
Empty the Trash by right-clicking on the Trash icon and selecting Empty Trash. Alternatively, you can open the Trash and click on the Empty button in the toolbar.
Note that some apps may leave behind some files or folders in other locations on your Mac, such as the Library or the Preferences folders. To remove these files or folders, you can use a third-party app cleaner tool or search for them manually and delete them. aa16f39245