Google Drive Desktop Needs Approval to Install (Mac)

MacOS has various security features to keep you safe, but this sometimes means apps need your approval to properly operate. If you do not change this setting, you may receive a message that you need to remove and re-add your account from the Google Drive App. 

The steps below will show you how to make this change to allow the Google Drive app to function on your computer. 

After signing into the Google Drive app on your desktop, you may receive the following message: 


To fix this, you can either click on the "Open Security & Privacy settings", or use the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner of your screen to search for "Security & Privacy" 

At the top menu bar of this new window, make sure "General" is selected. 


At the bottom left of this menu, select the lock icon, and then enter your Davidson username/password when prompted. 

Once unlocked, you'll see a message stating that Google Drive was blocked. Go ahead and select the "allow" option. 


After doing this, restart your device. After logging in, you may be prompted to sign into Google Drive once again. If not, you can now use the Google Drive app by selecting the drive icon in the top right of your screen or selecting the "Google" folder in Finder. 

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