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How to fix macOS apps always ask to grant access permissions after restart

If you’re experiencing the frustrating issue of macOS applications repeatedly prompting for system permissions every time you restart your Mac, you’re not alone. Many users have encountered this annoyance, even after initially granting the necessary permissions to their trusted third-party apps. Oddly enough, when checking in the System Settings, these permissions appear to be already enabled.

While temporarily disabling and then re-enabling the permissions might seem like a quick fix, it only resolves the problem for the current session. The next time you reboot your Mac, you’re back to square one with the apps asking for permissions again. Is there a way to break this endless cycle? Fortunately, there is a solution that can put an end to this inconvenience.

How to fix macOS apps always ask to grant access permissions after restart

How to Resolve macOS Apps Repeatedly Requesting Access Permissions After Restart

How to Resolve macOS Apps Repeatedly Requesting Access Permissions After Restart

The root cause of this issue lies in a problematic component known as TCC, which stands for Transparency, Consent, and Control. To resolve the problem, you’ll need to reset the TCC database. It’s important to note that after resetting the database, you’ll have to grant permissions for every app once more. However, this is a one-time effort, and considering that it effectively addresses the underlying problem, it’s well worth it.

To get started, open the Terminal application and enter the following command:

tccutil reset All

When you execute this command, your Mac might temporarily freeze for a few seconds, but don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. Once the reset is complete, you can proceed to reassign the necessary permissions to your apps. This should resolve the issue of apps repeatedly requesting system permissions after each Mac restart.

If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about these steps, feel free to leave a comment. We’ll respond promptly with a solution to assist you.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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