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:

  1. Select System Settings> Privacy & Security.

    For macOS Monterey and earlier, select System Preferences > Privacy & Security.

  2. Go to Files and Folders.

  3. Select Desktop FolderDocuments FoldersDownloads Folder, and Removable Volumes from the options.

    Files and Folders option in System Settings on macOS

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: 

  1. Select System Settings Privacy & Security.

    For macOS Monterey and earlier, select System Preferences > Privacy & Security.

  2. Go to Full Disk Access.

  3. Select Adobe Lightroom Classic.


    If Lightroom Classic is not available in the list of applications, you can add Lightroom Classic by clicking the (+) button and navigating to the Applications folder on macOS.


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.

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