By Wian LJ, Last updated: March 20, 2019
Is it possible to install third party apps on Mac? How will I know if an app not safe on Mac was already installed?
Apple is famous for their capabilities to protect their devices from other developers. Unlike Android and other operating systems where it is open source, MacOS is different. It is so picky and nosy when it comes to apps.
You are only allowed to download apps from the AppStore by default and unless you change your preferences. However not all third-party apps are not good for Mac, in fact, there are thousands more that are very good to use in Mac but the only thing is that it is not signed with Apple.
In this article, we will tackle the different scenarios on how to install third-party apps, how to tell if an app not safe for Mac is really bad, and of course how to completely delete the unsafe app and its related files from Mac.
Among the many things we do not want to do on our devices is to install and download malware-related apps especially on Mac. MacOS is known for its superpowers in terms of device protection and security.
It uses advanced technologies to monitor, update and block suspicious apps and software. However, no matter how overprotective Apple can be there is still app not safe on Mac.
The catch is Mac actually blocks all apps that Apple did not sign with. So even if the app is safe yet Apple did not vet for it, then surely it is not allowed.
How to tell if an App not safe on Mac?
Before you go ahead and install any third party apps which you think is good for your needs, then consider the following points:
If your Mac is blocking you from installing apps from unidentified companies, then we will give you the steps on how to simply download and install it.
1. Go to System Preferences
2. Find and click on Security & Privacy
3. Change the setting for 'Allow apps downloaded from' to 'App Store and identified developers'
However, some apps are still banned from being installed on Mac, if you experience this, then simply follow these steps:
Open the App from System Preferences:
1. Click System Preferences
2. Go to Security & Privacy
3. Under ‘Allow Apps Downloaded from’, you will see the override button ‘Open Anyway’.
4. Confirm the action
This will now prompt Mac to allow the download and install of the unidentified app.
When you have already installed apps and you realized it is not safe, then better do something at the earliest to remove app not safe on Mac.
Here are the steps on how to remove, uninstall, or delete an app not safe on Mac:
1.Locate the app in
2.Drag and drop the app into the trash folder or click and choose Move to trash
This is where Apple is more advanced than Windows, security. MacOS does not easily let you download and install apps from third-party developers but the latter allows you to do so in any given situations and at your own risk.
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