As you know, Apple cares a lot about user security, especially it is observed in the mobile system iOS for iPhone and iPad. However the company does not stop there, it has also decided to secure the desktop system users on their Mac computers.
Starting with macOS Sierra, there is a ban on installing apps from any source in the operating system, and now you can only download programs from the official Mac App Store or install them from installed developers who are registered with Apple.
Installing the app on your Mac is easy. Just log in with your Apple ID and get the apps you want. However, the macOS app store is really limited in terms of apps, which sometimes leaves us with no other options but to use third-party apps. Unfortunately, installing a third-party app on your Mac is not that easy. The process is quite complicated, and you can put your Mac at risk.
Anyway, here is how to allow third-party apps on Mac.
How to install trusted third-party apps on Mac
By default, macOS only allows you to install and open apps from Mac’s App Store. If you want to install a trusted third-party app on your Mac, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, open the “System Preferences” menu.
- After that, navigate to the “Security & Privacy” tab.
- Then, click on the lock icon and enter your password so you can make changes.
- You will see the “Allow apps downloaded from” section.
- Check the box next to the “App Store and identified developers”. It allows you to install and open some third-party applications.
You have to be aware that these apps contain no malware because they are trusted by Apple.
How to install third-party apps from any source
Starting with macOS Sierra, the developers have hidden from the system settings the option to allow the installation of apps from any source. Fortunately, the option remains in the system and can be activated through the Terminal app. In principle, this allows you to install and open apps from any source without warning. However, this setting can put you at risk of malware infection.
So, if you want to install third-party apps from any source, you have to follow these steps:
- Open the Terminal app.
- Enter the “sudo spctl –master-disable” command.
- After that, press “Return” and enter your password.
- Then, open the “System Preferences” and go to the “Security & Privacy” tab.
Once you have completed these steps, you will see the third option. To make changes to the settings on this page, you need to click on the lock icon. That’s it, you can now install and open apps from any source.
How to install apps from other stores
The AppStore on your Mac is not the only app store available on your device. In fact, there are third-party stores as well. For example, there are well-known game stores like Steam, Origin, Epic Games Store, etc. These apps will allow you to get games from their libraries without going through the AppStore. This will assume that you will run the games you buy from their libraries, not from the Apps.
Is it safe to install and run third-party apps on Mac
First of all, you need to find information about the developers, as well as reviews from other users of the app you are about to install. Note that potentially dubious companies may try to fake reviews to give themselves the appearance of legitimacy, so keep searching until you get a response. If you are not satisfied, it may be safer to find an alternative on the App Store.
Another important point is to make sure that your antivirus is updated when you install these apps. Remember that if you get an “unknown developer” message, it doesn’t mean that the app contains malware. There is a good chance that your apps are not up to date.