How to Enable “Full Disk Access” on Mac?

Christina updated on 2020/4/25 to FAQs

Full Disk Access is a new security feature in macOS that requires some applications to be given full permission to access a user's protected files. This way, only applications that are approved can gain access. In previous versions of macOS, this permission was automatically given to all applications at the time of installation. If a user chooses not to give Full Disk Access, some data on the Mac will not be accessible. This is especially important for applications that need to perform specifics tasks such as disk cleaning, DMmenu etc.

How to Enable ‘Full Disk Access’?

It is very easy to enable Full Disk Access for an application.

  • Open the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences and click the Privacy tab.
  • Click the padlock to unlock the pane and enter your Mac password.
  • In the list at left select Full Disk Access, select the targeted application checkbox in the right side of the pane.
  • Quit System Preferences and reopen the targeted application.

For example, here is a simple guide to help you enable Full Disk Access for DMmenu for Mac:

Step1. Open the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences and click the Privacy tab.

Enable “Full Disk Access” on Mac

Step 2. Click the padlock to unlock the pane and enter your Mac password.

Enable “Full Disk Access” on Mac

Step 3. In the list at left select Full Disk Access, select the DMmenu checkbox in the right side of the pane.

Enable “Full Disk Access” on Mac

If you can’t find DMmenu icon, just click + to add DMmenu to the list or directly drag the DMmemu icon to the list.

Step 4. Quit System Preferences and reopen the DMmenu.

If you have any other question, just send an email to [email protected].


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