For macOS Monterey and earlier, select System Preferences > Privacy & Security.
Allow Permissions to Lightroom Classic on macOS
Since macOS 10.14 (Mojave), Apple introduced a new privacy structure to help ensure that all applications obtain user consent before accessing documents, downloads, desktop, and network volumes. Sometimes, after macOS upgrades, these permissions get revoked. In such cases, you may see a "No Photo Found" message while accessing the folders such as Documents, Downloads, Desktop, External Volumes, or Network Volume, even though they are connected.
You may see error messages like:
- No Photos Found message while accessing a folder during import
- Image missing icon while accessing an image
If not providing permission to standard folders is intentional, you can ignore the following message and select Don't Show Again.
If you have Time Machine mounted on your system, the dialog may appear. It is advised to ignore it by selecting Don't show again.
Provide Files and Folders access to Lightroom Classic
To provide Files and Folders access to Lightroom Classic on macOS, follow the steps given below:
Provide full access to Lightroom Classic on macOS
How to give full disk access to Lightroom & Lightroom Classic on macOS
If you are still facing problems while accessing photos, you should give full access to Lightroom Classic by following the steps below:
Go to Full Disk Access.
Here's a Quick tip to easily grant Full Disk Access to Lightroom Classic on macOS. The step-by-step instructions will ensure that Lightroom Classic has the permission to seamlessly access and manage files on your Mac's disk or external storage devices.