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Mac keeps asking me for touch ID permission to save files to the desktop

I've encountered a problem where I can't move, rename, or create new folders or files specifically on my Desktop folder. Interestingly, I don't face this issue in other folders such as Documents or iCloud. This restriction is affecting my workflow; for instance, I can't save my iMovie edits or import any clips from my GoPro to my Desktop where I usually store them. This issue started occurring after I updated my MacBook Air to Big Sur. Despite being the admin, the system started asking for my Touch ID for every file manipulation task. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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iBoysoft author Jenny Zeng

Jenny Zeng

Answered on Wednesday, November 22, 2023

macOS shouldn't typically ask for Touch ID or password confirmation simply for copying files to the Desktop, as this is a regular file operation that doesn't normally require elevated permissions, especially if you're working within your user directory.

However, there are some possibilities as to why it may happen:

If you have additional security settings enabled through third-party security software or enterprise management policies, it may restrict standard file operations and prompting for confirmation. In this case, you can disable the security setting to resolve the issue.

Since the problem only occurs on your desktop, it may have permission issues. You can right-click your Desktop folder, and select "Get Info" to check its permission settings. If everything is fine, your account should have read & write access to your Desktop folder.

Another reason for the issue that macOS keeps asking for Touch ID permission is bugs on your current operating system. If you find a new update available, you can update your Mac to fix the problem.

If the issue persists, you can disable Touch ID on your Mac or create a new account and test if you can copy files to the desktop without macOS prompting for Touch ID permission.

Also read:

Why is Touch ID Not Working on Mac & How to Fix 


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