CleanMyMac X: Essential macOS Permissions

Since the release of macOS 10.14 Mojave, third-party applications can’t access system-level privileges without your consent. That’s why now even trusted apps may ask for permissions to run their basic operations.

CleanMyMac X relies a lot on additional permissions because they enable correct uninstallation of applications, thorough system cleanups, interaction with Mail, iTunes, and Photos apps, and many more. Default app permissions restrict these features.

Grant permissions on macOS 10.14+

According to Apple’s security and privacy rules, you need to provide extra privileges manually, in macOS System Preferences. Luckily, the configuration takes less than a few minutes and easily unlocks all capabilities of CleanMyMac.

To start with, open your System Preferences:

  1. Go to Applications → System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy and switch to the Privacy tab.
  3. Click on the lock in the lower-left corner and enter your password.

Now, give CleanMyMac access to the permissions listed below.

Full Disk Access

Note: Giving the Full Disk Access permission is enough to let CleanMyMac function properly. So if you did, you can skip adding Photos, Calendar, and Contacts permission lists.

CleanMyMac X needs the Full Disk Access privacy control to enable thorough scanning in its System Junk, Mail Attachments, iTunes Junk, Privacy, and Uninstaller modules.

To provide CleanMyMac with essential permissions, do these:

  1. Switch to Full Disk Access and click (+).
  2. Open the Applications folder and select CleanMyMac X. If you're a Setapp user, go to Applications → Setapp → CleanMyMac X.
  3. Click Open.

Done! Now CleanMyMac can easily find all unneeded files on your Mac.

Photos

(not applicable to the App Store version of CleanMyMac X)

Note: If you’ve already allowed CleanMyMac X to get Full Disk Access, skip this step.


This permission lets CleanMyMac X scan your Photos library and find various useless items in the Photo Junk module.

Calendars

Note: If you’ve already allowed CleanMyMac X to get Full Disk Access, skip this step.

Accessing the Calendars permission ensures normal operability of the Uninstaller module.

Contacts

Note: If you’ve already allowed CleanMyMac X to get Full Disk Access, skip this step.


Accessing the Contacts privacy control is also required by the Uninstaller module.

Thanks for your trust! Now, you can start your Smart Scan and do some cleanup.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact our Customer Care Team.

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