How to Enable Full Disk Access on Mac

Are you a Mac user? Then you might have heard about Full Disk Access when you install and use any application on your Mac. It is mandatory to allow or enable Full Disk Access on Mac for some applications to work more effectively.

Want to know the process to enable Full Disk Access on Mac for applications to use them uninterruptedly? Then this article is the perfect place for you. Read this article till the end to know the process to enable Full Disk Access on Mac.

What is Full Disk Access?

Mac is best at maintaining the user’s personal data and privacy with utmost security. It doesn’t allow applications to access the user data automatically after installation. From the macOS 10.14 Mojave update, it introduced this Full Disk Access option. The only way for the applications to access the user data is by getting access from the user. Enabling Full disk access is like allowing the applications to access all the parts of your Mac without any restrictions.

Reasons why Full Disk access is needed on Mac

  • To Scan the antivirus applications deep into your storage
  • No need to allow permissions every time while using the application
  • Provides application to access entire Mac whenever required without any intimation

Drawbacks of Enabling Full Disk Access

  • Less Protection to user data
  • Application may misuse your confidential information
  • Emails are vulnerable to hacking as there is no encryption
  • Applications run in the background and use more storage space

How to Enable Full Disk Access on Mac

Video Tutorial

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  • Click on the “Apple Logo” available in the top left corner. An options list will open. Choose the “System Settings” option from that list.
  • Then a window will pop up. Move to the “Privacy and Security” section. Then it displays its options on the right side of the window. Select the “Full Disk Access” option from that list.
Full Disk Access Option
  • Then it shows the list of applications. From there, you can enable and disable the full disk access for the applications. Click on the “slider” to enable the access to application.
Applications list in Full disk Access
  • Then a window will pop up. It asks you to enter your Mac’s password to grant permission to allow full disk access. You can also use the Fingerprint instead of the password to grant permission.
Enter Password to enable full disk access on Mac
  • After that, you will find the toggle beside the application in blue color which indicates that it is enabled. This is how you can easily enable full disk access on Mac.
Enabled Full Disk Access on Mac


The Full Disk option is one of the best security features introduced by Apple to safeguard the privacy of their users. But most applications like antivirus software ask to allow Full Disk access to provide uninterrupted services. You have to be aware of the application before granting full disk access. Follow the steps as discussed in this article and enable Full Disk Access on Mac.

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How to Enable Full Disk Access on Mac – FAQs

Should I allow full disk access on Mac?

In fact, nowadays, most third-party apps need Full Disk Access permission to keep their proper and well performance on your Mac. But there are still programs that carry specific algorithms to steal your files once you allow them to access your data.

What does full disk access mean on Mac?

Full disk access permission is a security feature introduced in macOS Mojave(10.14) that prevents non-authorized applications from accessing removable volumes.

What programs should have full disk access?

The protected areas that require Full disk access permission are your Mail, Messages, Safari, Home, and Time Machine.

Does High Sierra have full disk access?

If you are using macOS High Sierra(version 10.13.6), access to files and folders is granted automatically at the moment of installation. Starting from macOS Mojave(10.14.X), you must grant access manually.

Is it safe to allow full disk access on Mac?

The full disk access feature is much like a security check at an airport. When you grant “Full Disk Access” to an app, it is added to the whitelist of applications that are now marked as safe to work with your data.

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