Enable System (Kernel) Extensions on M1/M2 Mac with Ventura (2023)

Summary:Here's a detailed tutorial on how to enable System Extension on your Mac from the macOS Recovery environment. That helps fix the "System Extensions Blocked/Updated" error when installing the software on an Apple Silicon Mac.

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When installing a third-party program or extension, the "System Extensions Blocked/Updated" error on your Apple Silicon Mac. Then you follow the onscreen instructions to bypass the system extensions block, only to find that another error window pops up saying "To enable system extensions, you need to modify your security settings in the recovery environment".

Table of Contents:

  • 1. How to enable system extensions on an Apple Silicon Mac - video tutorial
  • 2. How to enable system extensions on M1/M2 Mac - text tutorial
  • 3. FAQs about enabling System Extensions on an Apple silicon Mac

Confused? This article provides a detailed tutorial on how to enable System Extensions on your M1/M2 Mac computer successfully. The tricks apply to all apple Silicon Mac devices including:

  • MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Pro (13-in, M1, 2020)
  • Mac mini (M1, 2020)
  • iMac (24-in, M1, 2021)
  • MacBook Pro (14-inch, M1 Pro/M1 Max, 2021)
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch, M1 Max/M1 Max, 2021)
  • Mac Studio (M1 Mac/M1 Ultra, 2022)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, M2, 2022)
  • MacBook Air (M2, 2022)

We advise you to check the FAQ sections to see if they clarify your concerns before attempting to install system extensions on Mac. All of those questions and concerns were from authentic YouTube users who wanted to know how to enable kernel or system extensions on an Apple silicon Mac.

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How to enable system extensions on an Apple Silicon Mac - video tutorial

Watch our video to enable system extension on an Apple silicon Mac. The process is demonstrated on an M1 Mac running macOS Big Sur, and the procedure is almost the same for all Apple silicon Mac models. The software interface may look different on differentmacOS versions.

How to enable system extensions on M1/M2 Mac - text tutorial

If you prefer a text guideline, you can follow the steps below.

1. Check the processor in the Apple menu > About This Mac to see if you have an Apple Silicon chip on your Mac such as M1 or M2.

2. After installingiBoysoft NTFS for Macor any other programs requiring macOS kernel extensions, click Open Security Preferences when you see a System Extension Blocked pop-up. If you inadvertently click the Ignore button to dismiss the pop-up, you can also find the Privacy & Security (Gatekeeper) settings in the Apple logo > System Preferences.

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3. Scroll down to find the Security section and select Allow applications downloaded from App Store and identified developers.

4. Click Enable System Extensions.

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(Video) How to enable System Extensions on Apple M1

5. When the pop-up shows "To enable system extensions, you need to modify your security settings in the Recovery environment", click the Shutdown button to turn off your Mac.

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6. When your Mac is completely off, press the Touch ID button one time and then quickly hold it downs until it says "Loading up startup options".

6. Click Options and then click Continue to boot the M1 or M2 Mac tomacOS Recovery Mode.

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7. SelectStartup Security Utilityfrom the Utilities menu at the top of your screen.

8. When you see the startup disk, click on Security Policy...

9. In Startup Security Utility, choose Reduced Security and check the option: Allow user management of kernel extensions from identified developers.

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Q: Is it safe to play around with Mac's default security settings and enable system extensions?

A: If the software you are installing requires reduced security for installing kernel extensions, it is safe. That's because only identified and trusted developers by Apple can ask you to allow system extensions. Their software will never compromise the overall system security.

10. Click OK, enter the correct admin password, and wait until the security level change completes.

11. Restart your Mac.

12. Go to Privacy & Security window again, and this time in the Security section:

  • Click the Allow button underneath System software from developer “Chengdu Aibo Tech Co.,Ltd.” from loading.
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  • If you have multiple system extensions to be enabled or updated, you will see the Details.. button instead, click it and switch on the system extensions you want to allow, and click OK.
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13. You will be asked to enter your admin password.

14. Restart your Mac to make the change take effect and then finish installation if needed.

For more information about Macs with M1 or M2 chips, read this post:Mac M2 vs M1: Should You Upgrade to M2?

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FAQs about enabling System Extensions on an Apple silicon Mac

QAm I supposed go back to Full Security to protect the computer after software installation is complete?

A

No, you do not need to go back to high security after you have changed to Reduced Security for enabling system extensions. Otherwise, your newly installed software won't run properly with system extensions blocked.

QIf I uninstall the software, do I need to switch to default again? How can I do that?

A

If you uninstall the software that requires system extensions on M1/M2 Mac, it is suggested that you switch to the default Full Security to better protect your computer. You should boot your Mac in Recovery Mode again and then select Startup Security Utility > Security Policy > Full Security > OK. Then restart the Mac.

QWhen I confirm reduced security, it says 'No administrator was found', how to fix?

A

Even though you already have an admin account, this may still happen. You just need to create a temporary new admin account to bypass the issue. Follow the steps below:

Start your Mac normally to the desktop.
Go to Apple logo > System Preferences > Users & Groups.
Unlock the yellow lock at the right bottom with your admin password.
Click + to add a new admin account and click Create User to confirm.
Shut down the Mac, boot the Mac into Recovery Mode and then reduce security with the newly created admin account.
Delete the new admin account after your Mac restarts.

(Video) Enable KERNEL Extensions on MacOS Apple Silicon or Intel!!!

A

You are using an older Intel Mac instead of an Apple silicon Mac. You do not need to change the security policy in Recovery Mode to allow system extensions. Just open Apple logo from the desktop > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Allow.

QWhy can't I enable system extensions on M1 Mac?

A

Many users have trouble enabling system extensions on M1 Mac running macOS Big Sur 11.0 or macOS 11.1, so it is highly recommended that your Apple Silicon Mac should be running macOS 11.2 or later.

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QWhen I go to the Startup Security Utility and I get a pop-up saying security settings cannot be changed, what to do?

A

You enter the Fallback Recovery OS on an M1/M2 Mac instead of regular macOS Recovery because you press the Touch ID button twice quickly before pressing it down.

To enter the regular Mac Recovery Mode to change the security settings, you need to shut down the Mac, turn it on by pressing the Touch ID button ONCE, and press down the Touch ID button until startup options show up.

A

One reason could be the software is not compatible with the M1/M2 Mac yet, and you should wait until the software updates.

The other most possible reason could be you have installed too many drivers like printer drivers on your computer. As a result, the about-to-install extensions can't be installed successfully. To remove unnecessary drivers:

Click Go at the menu bar on the desktop > Go to folder.
Type in /Library/Extensions/ and press Return.
If you see 15+ files with .kext file extension, you have too many drivers on your computer. Right-click those you don't need and move them to the Trash.
Change the security level and see if the Allow or Details button appears.

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FAQs

How do I enable kernel extensions on Mac? ›

Grant access to the kernel extension
  1. Open Apple System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Select the General tab.
  4. If general settings are locked: Click the lock icon in the lower-left corner. Enter your device password. Click Unlock.
  5. Click Allow next to kernel extension that requires approval.
15 Nov 2021

Should I enable kernel extensions on Mac? ›

Important: Kexts are no longer recommended for macOS. Kexts risk the integrity and reliability of the operating system. Users should prefer solutions that don't require extending the kernel and use system extensions instead.

How do I enable system extensions on Mac Big Sur? ›

Requirements: macOS Big Sur. If Apple Silicon, ensure the MDM profile has rights to control kernel extensions.
...
  1. Deploy software to device.
  2. Open System Preferences >> Security & Privacy.
  3. Unlock pane with administrator credentials.
  4. Click Allow as seen in the image above.
  5. Restart Mac to load the software extension.
27 Jul 2021

How do I unblock a Mac extension? ›

What is the "System Extension Blocked" pop-up that showed up on my Mac and what do I do?
  1. Click on Security & Privacy.
  2. Click the lock icon at the bottom left to allow changes.
  3. Click on Allow in the bottom right.
29 Mar 2019

How do I enable kernel extensions on m1 Mac? ›

To do this, shut down your system. Then press and hold the Touch ID or power button to launch Startup Security Utility. In Startup Security Utility, enable kernel extensions from the Security Policy button.

How do I enable third party kernel extensions on Apple silicon based Macs? ›

Kernel extensions in a Mac with Apple silicon

Kexts must be explicitly enabled for a Mac with Apple silicon by holding the power button at startup to enter into One True Recovery (1TR) mode, then downgrading to Reduced Security and checking the box to enable kernel extensions.

How do I enable KEXT on Mac m1? ›

To activate a kext that installs alongside a program, use the Mac's System Preferences app. Open the System Preferences app and select Security & Privacy. Select the Lock icon and enter your Mac's administrator password. Select Allow.

What is a kernel extension in macOS? ›

What Are Kernel Extensions? Kernel extensions (or kexts) let developers load code directly into the macOS kernel. By giving developers these kernel privileges, kexts can help those developers create some very powerful apps.

Where are macOS system extensions? ›

Click the Apple menu at top-left of your screen. In the dropdown, click the item labeled System Preferences. In System Preferences click the preference pane labeled Extensions which has a puzzle piece for an icon. In Extensions, click the item in the sidebar labeled Added Extensions.

How do I find system extensions on Mac? ›

Examine the Installed System Extensions

To see the system extensions installed on your system, run the systemextensionsctl command-line tool with the list option from Terminal.

How do I authorize my Mac for ACE? ›

Click the Open Security Preferences button to proceed. Click the lock in the lower left corner, then enter your Administrator password. Click the Allow button to permit ACE to run on your Mac. Restart and you're done.

Why does my Mac say system extension blocked? ›

If you get an alert about a system extension

The alert may ask you to contact the developer for support because the extension needs to be updated or will be incompatible with a future version of macOS. The alert may inform you that it will damage your computer and has been blocked.

How do you enable a blocked extension on a Mac? ›

  1. In the top left, click the Apple icon.
  2. Open System Preferences.
  3. Go to Security & Privacy.
  4. Click on the Allow button displayed in front of the blocked software. ...
  5. Click on Restart to restart computer right away or OK if you prefer to manually restart your computer.

How do you get extensions that say blocked by administrator? ›

Troubleshoot: Blocked by Admin Error
  1. Log out of your personal/school Google Account.
  2. Close out the browser window.
  3. Launch a new Chrome browser.
  4. You may try to sign into a different account, such as a personal chrome profile, if you already have one, and re-attempt the download .
7 Apr 2022

Will boot camp ever work on M1 Mac? ›

If you have an Apple M-series chip, Boot Camp will not work as it requires a Mac with an Intel processor. To install Windows on your M-series Mac, you can use Parallels Desktop for Mac.

How do I use M1 in Mac in clamshell mode? ›

Newer laptops like the 2021 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro or M1 Max chips automatically initiate clamshell mode by closing the screen. Older laptops may require an additional step of pressing the external keyboard's spacebar after closing the screen to initiate clamshell mode.

How do I access macOS M1 Utilities? ›

To use macOS Recovery on an Intel-based Mac, hold down Command (⌘)-R on your keyboard immediately after restarting your Mac or immediately after your Mac begins to restart. Continue holding the keys down until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe. Startup is complete when you see the utilities window.

How do I force a kernel panic on a Mac? ›

You can open it from the Utilities folder in Finder under the Applications tab, or search for it using Spotlight. Enter the crash code. Type client$ sudo dtrace -w -n "BEGIN{ panic();}" into Terminal and hit ↵ Enter . client$ will be replaced by your account name (e.g., wikihow$ sudo dtrace -w -n "BEGIN{ panic();}" ).

How do you bypass macOS third party Applications on Mac that is not available on Mac App Store? ›

To change which apps can open on your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Settings, click Privacy & Security in the sidebar, then go to Security.
...
Open a Mac app from an unidentified developer
  1. In the Finder on your Mac, locate the app you want to open. ...
  2. Control-click the app icon, then choose Open from the shortcut menu.

How do I associate extensions on Mac? ›

To set this, scroll down the Default apps menu, and click Choose default apps by file type. Scroll down to the specific extension for which you want to set the default app. Click it and then select your preferred app.

Does M1 Mac support Target Disk Mode? ›

Target Disk Mode / Share Disk

On M1-based Macs, you initiate Target Disk Mode using a command in the Recovery app's Utilities menu: Share Disk. Choose Utilities > Share Disk to start sharing one of the M1-based Mac's drives via Target Disk Mode. Select the drive and click Start Sharing.

How do I get to Disk Utility on M1 Mac? ›

If you have an M1-series Mac then shut down the Mac, then press and hold down the power button as it boots. If you have an Intel Mac restart your Mac and hold down Command-R on the keyboard.

Does FreeSurfer work on M1 Mac? ›

Hi all, I just got an M1 Mac Mini (8gb model, on Big Sur) and have been trying various neuroimaging tools. So far, FreeSurfer works very well (recon-all completed in just under 5 hours on 7.1.

Does universal control only work on M1 Mac? ›

Yes. Universal Control is compatible with Macs that have Apple silicon chips and Macs that have Intel chips, as long as ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.3 is supported.

Do M1 Macs have Nvram? ›

While SMC does not exist on the M1 MacBook at all, NVRAM does exist but it works a bit differently than the Intel-powered MacBook. For a change, Apple has equipped the new MacBook with parameter memory for which settings can be viewed and customised with the terminal command NVRAM.

Does Homebrew work on M1 Mac? ›

If you're coming to M1 Mac fresh, without any old projects or profiles, you probably won't notice; Homebrew will work as it always has. But if you're trying to migrate from an Intel Mac you won't be able to just move packages that were once in /usr/local over to /opt/homebrew .

Do I need kernel_task on Mac? ›

The kernel_task process is at the core of macOS, and it includes a variety of low-level functions that allow the computer to work. One of its primary functions is ensuring your Mac doesn't overheat.

How do I fix my Mac kernel? ›

If the faulty software is not identified and your Mac continues to experience kernel panics, try the following:
  1. Restart your Mac in safe mode. ...
  2. Uninstall any plug-ins or other enhancement software from manufacturers other than Apple. ...
  3. Disconnect all devices except for an Apple keyboard and mouse.

Can I stop kernel_task on Mac? ›

While you can't quit the kernel_task process, restarting your Mac essentially does just that, since all the tasks would start anew when your system reloads. Quit useless processes. To do so, launch Activity Monitor, select any useless process, click the Stop icon, and then select Quit or Force Quit.

How do you check if an extension is enabled? ›

Manage your extensions
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More tools. Extensions.
  3. Make your changes: Turn on/off: Turn the extension on or off. Allow incognito: On the extension, click Details. Turn on Allow in incognito. Fix corruptions: Find a corrupted extension and click Repair.

How do I grant permissions on my Mac? ›

Assign permissions to users and groups
  1. On your Mac, select a disk, folder, or file, then choose File > Get Info.
  2. If the information in Sharing & Permissions isn't visible, click the arrow .
  3. Select a user or group in the Name column, then choose a privilege setting from the pop-up menu.

How do I authorize a disabled program on a Mac? ›

Select "Security & Privacy" from the "System Preferences" window. Select the "General" tab, and select the lock in the lower left corner to allow changes. Enter your computer username and password, then select "Unlock." In the "Allow apps downloaded from:" section, select the radio button to the left of "Anywhere."

How do you approve an extension on a Mac? ›

Normal: Approving Extensions via System Preferences
  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click Security & Privacy.
  3. Click the General tab. If the Preference pane is locked, then click the lock icon in the lower-left corner. ...
  4. Click Allow next to the developer's kernel extension that requires approval.
18 Mar 2020

How do I manage my extensions on Mac? ›

Manage your extensions

In the Safari app on your Mac, choose Safari > Settings, then click Extensions. Do any of the following: Turn an extension on or off: Select or deselect the extension's checkbox. Note: You get a warning if you turn on an extension that slows down browsing.

Why can't I enable an extension? ›

If you see a message saying "Extensions Disabled," it's because Chrome has turned off one or more of your extensions to keep your data safe while you're browsing the Internet. The extensions that Chrome turned off either didn't come from the Chrome Web Store or were determined unsafe.

How do I unblock an administrator block? ›

For details about when the device was blocked and which admin or rule blocked the device, review the devices audit log.
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console. ...
  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Devices.
  3. Choose an option: ...
  4. Point to the device in the list and click Unblock Device.

How do you run an app that has been blocked by administrator? ›

How to Fix “This App Has Been Blocked by Your System Administrator” Error in Windows
  1. Restart Your Windows 10/11 PC.
  2. Unblock the App.
  3. Run the App Using Command Prompt.
  4. Run the App as an Administrator.
  5. Disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen.
  6. Turn Off Your Antivirus Software.
22 Sept 2022

How do I access control panel when it is blocked by administrator? ›

Open User Configuration→ Administrative Templates→ System→ Ctrl+Alt+Del Options.
...
To enable the Control Panel:
  1. Open User Configuration→ Administrative Templates→ Control Panel.
  2. Set the value of the Prohibit Access to the Control Panel option to Not configured or Enabled.
  3. Click OK.
17 Aug 2022

How do I see kernel extensions on Mac? ›

Select Utilities > Startup Security Utility from the menu bar. Select your startup disk and select the Security Policy button. Select the radio button next to Reduced Security. Then, check the box next to Allow user management of kernel extensions from identified developers.

How do I find system extensions on my Mac? ›

Click the Apple menu at top-left of your screen. In the dropdown, click the item labeled System Preferences. In System Preferences click the preference pane labeled Extensions which has a puzzle piece for an icon. In Extensions, click the item in the sidebar labeled Added Extensions.

How do I fix a Mac kernel problem? ›

If the faulty software is not identified and your Mac continues to experience kernel panics, try the following:
  1. Restart your Mac in safe mode. ...
  2. Uninstall any plug-ins or other enhancement software from manufacturers other than Apple. ...
  3. Disconnect all devices except for an Apple keyboard and mouse.

How do I trigger a kernel panic on a Mac? ›

You can open it from the Utilities folder in Finder under the Applications tab, or search for it using Spotlight. Enter the crash code. Type client$ sudo dtrace -w -n "BEGIN{ panic();}" into Terminal and hit ↵ Enter . client$ will be replaced by your account name (e.g., wikihow$ sudo dtrace -w -n "BEGIN{ panic();}" ).

How do I fix my Extensions on Mac? ›

Solution for Intel-based Mac

When you see a System Extension Blocked Mac pop-up, click Open Security Preferences. Click the Lock icon in the lower-left corner, type the admin password, and click Unlock. Click Allow in the context window. Restart your Mac to apply the operation, then finish the installation.

What is extension Manager for Mac? ›

Extension Manager displays the Creative Cloud applications you installed; you can see all of the extensions installed in each product by clicking on the product. Click on any extension to display information from the extension developer about the extension and how to access it in the Creative Cloud product.

What causes kernel failure? ›

In Windows, kernel panic is typically characterized by the appearance of a BSOD error message stating that the system needs a restart. The error is usually caused by malfunctioning hardware or poorly optimized device drivers.

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