How to Allow Apps From Unidentified Developers Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Allowing apps from unidentified developers on your Mac can be a useful option to explore when you need to install applications that are not available on the official App Store. By default, macOS restricts the installation of apps from unidentified developers for security reasons. However, if you trust the source of the application and want to proceed with the installation, you can follow these steps to allow apps from unidentified developers on your Mac.

Step 1: Access Security & Privacy Settings

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. In the System Preferences window, click on “Security & Privacy.”

Step 2: Unlock Security Preferences

In the Security & Privacy window, navigate to the “General” tab. If necessary, click on the lock icon in the bottom-left corner and enter your administrator password when prompted. This will allow you to make changes to your security preferences.

Step 3: Allow Apps From Unidentified Developers

Once you have unlocked your security preferences, you will see three options for allowing app installations:

  • Mac App Store: Selecting this option limits installations to only those downloaded from the official Mac App Store.
  • Mac App Store and identified developers: This option allows installations from both official Mac App Store and identified developers with a registered developer ID.
  • Anywhere: Enabling this option removes all restrictions and allows installations from anywhere, including unidentified developers.

To allow apps from unidentified developers, select the “Anywhere” option by clicking on the radio button next to it. You may be prompted to confirm your selection by entering your administrator password again.

Note: Keep in mind that enabling the “Anywhere” option can potentially expose your Mac to security risks. It is strongly recommended to exercise caution and only install apps from trusted sources.

Step 4: Install the App

After you have allowed apps from unidentified developers, you can proceed with installing the desired application. Simply double-click on the app’s installer file (usually ending with a .dmg or .pkg extension) to initiate the installation process.

Additional Tips:

  • Revert Security Settings: If you wish to restore your security settings to their default state, follow steps 1 and 2, and then select either the “Mac App Store” or “Mac App Store and identified developers” option.
  • Temporary Allowance: If you do not want to permanently change your security settings but still want to install an app from an unidentified developer, you can right-click (or Control-click) on the app’s installer file and select “Open.” This will prompt a warning with an option to open the app regardless of its unidentified developer status.

By following these steps, you can allow apps from unidentified developers on your Mac, giving you greater flexibility in choosing and installing software that meets your needs.

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