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" as shown below.



 If you have Time Machine mounted on your system, the dialog may appear. It's 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. Click System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy .

    Click the lock icon and authorize via password to make changes to the settings.

    Privacy screen in System Preferences

  2. Go to Files and Folders.

  3. Select Removable Volumes, Downloads Folder, Documents Folders, and Desktop Folder from the options.

    Files and Folders option in System Preferences on macOS

  4. Click the Lock icon to save the changes. Restart Lightroom Classic to see the applied changes.

    Lock icon in System Preferences

Provide full access to 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. Follow Step 1 mentioned above. 

  2. Click Full Disk Access and add Lightroom Classic by clicking on the (+) button & navigate to the Applications folder on macOS.


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