How To Reset User Permissions On MacOS

Sometimes, you lose access to applications on your Mac. For example, the permissions on your MacOS Sierra system may be corrupt. Hence, you need to restore the user permissions. In this article, we teach you how to use the MacOS utility tool to fix your system.

Use Terminal To Repair User Permissions

  • Launch Finder.
  • Select the “Go” menu.
  • Then choose “Utilities".
  • Open “Terminal".
  • Lastly, type the following command and then press “Enter":
    diskutil resetUserPermissions / `id -u`

Your Mac then runs the code and verifies and repairs the permissions. For older versions of MacOS, you may do the following:

On Macs Running OS Before MacOS Sierra

  • Under “Utilities” go to "Disk Utility".
  • Then, "First Aid".
  • Here, select "Repair Disk Permissions".