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Allowing PowerPhotos access to your Photos libraries

Starting in macOS 10.14 Mojave, if an app such as PowerPhotos wants to work with your photo libraries, the first time it attempts to do so you will be prompted to allow or deny PowerPhotos permission with a window that looks like this:

Photos access control permission prompt

This prompt will only be displayed once, so if you clicked “Don’t Allow”, then when you attempt to view any of your libraries in PowerPhotos, you’ll receive an error message saying “Photos access not authorized”. If you see such a message, you’ll need to go into System Preferences and manually give PowerPhotos permission to access your photo libraries. To do that:

  1. Go to the Apple menu in the upper left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences”.
  2. Click the “Security & Privacy” icon in the System Preferences window that appears.
  3. Click the “Privacy” tab.
  4. Scroll down the list on the left and click “Photos”.
  5. Look for PowerPhotos in the app list and make sure the checkbox next to its name.
  6. Quit and reopen PowerPhotos for the changes to take effect.

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