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TeamViewer – MacOS Setup

How to grant access when you aren’t presented with the dialog

If you’re using an older version of TeamViewer, and you’re not presented with the Accessibility Access dialog asking you to grant access to TeamViewer – or if you had previously clicked the Deny button on that dialog – it’s still possible to grant access to TeamViewer.

Additionally, in some cases, you can grant access to TeamViewer immediately after installing TeamViewer onto your Mac, before the first TeamViewer connection is made to your computer. Note that this is not possible with TeamViewer Host.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to System Preferences, then Security & Privacy, then Privacy, then Accessibility.
  2. Click the lock icon to make changes.
  3. If TeamViewer is already shown in the pane, then put a check next to it to enable it.
  4. If not, click the small button with the plus symbol underneath the pane. This opens a Finder window:
  5. Navigate to your Applications folder, select TeamViewer, and click Open.
  6. Now you should have TeamViewer listed in the pane and enabled.

How to grant access when starting TeamViewer with System

If you enable the setting Start TeamViewer with System, which is found in TeamViewer’s Preferences, then TeamViewer will restart using a different process called TeamViewer_Desktop.

This is also the case when using TeamViewer Host.

The first time a connection is made to your Mac after doing this, you will be presented with the Accessibility Access dialog once more, but this time referring to the new process. You will need to grant access once again by clicking the button “Open System Preferences” and following the same steps outlined above.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to grant access to the TeamViewer_Desktop process manually. You will need to wait until the first incoming connection is made to your Mac before you can add this process.

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