When you install new apps on your Mac, you may be prompted to give them access to other programs. For example, if you download an app to edit pictures, you’ll likely be prompted to allow access to your Photos app. This allows this app to sync or retrieve data from those other locations.
Over time, you may forget all the apps you’ve given access to. Or maybe you’re having trouble with a specific app and want to troubleshoot it by seeing what other apps work with it.
Here we will show you how to control app access on a Mac.
See which apps others can access
Because you’ll be prompted to grant access to an app, manage these controls in Security & Privacy settings.
Step 1: Open system settings Use the icon in your dock or select the one Apple Menu bar icon and selection system settings.
Step 2: Choose security Possibility.
Step 3: Select the privacy tab at the top of the security the settings.
On the left, you’ll see apps like Contacts and Calendar along with other items on your Mac like Camera and Microphone. On the right side you will see a tick indicating which apps you have granted access to.
Remove app access to another app
You can remove access to an app from another app without deleting anything or going through a lengthy process.
Step 1: In which security Settings, select an app on the left.
Step 2: Uncheck the box on the right next to the app you want to revoke access to.
Step 3: If the options on the right are grayed out, you must unlock Settings to make changes. Choose padlock Enter your username and password in the bottom left and select Unlock.
Step 4: When you remove access from apps, you may see one or two that you want to remove from your Mac entirely. If yes, right click on the app on the right and select it Show in Finder.
You can then select the app in the following folder and follow the normal process to uninstall it from your Mac.
Step 5: When you’re done, just close these settings with the X top left. If you had to unlock the settings to make your changes, you can lock them again with padlock bottom left. Then close the window.
For more help with your Mac, check out the best keyboard shortcuts to perform actions quickly or some common MacBook problems and how to fix them.