What is Privileges for macOS?

Privileges is a quick and easy way to temporarily get administrative rights on your Mac to install software or make settings changes.

How do I use Privileges for macOS?

Please refer to this knowledge base article.

Why does the icon for Privileges change colors in the Dock?

This is by design. The icon is green and displays a locked padlock icon when you are a standard user.

The icon is yellow and displays an unlocked padlock icon when you are an administrator.

By default, is there a time limit on the admin rights granted by Privileges?

Yes. Admin rights are granted for 10 minutes by default on all EWU owned computers. At the end of the 10 minutes you will see a message window appear asking if you wish to extend your admin time.  The default answer is NO so if you do not click on any of the buttons on the message window the Privileges.app will automatically toggle you back to a normal user account after one minute.  If you click on the YES button your admin rights will be extended another 10 minutes.

NOTE: When installing software on the Mac, you only need admin rights to START the installation.  Once the installation is underway you can safely return to normal user rights without jeopardizing the software installation.

What if I do not have the Privileges icon on my dock?

You can find the Privileges app in the Applications / Utilities folder on your Macintosh HD.

If the icon for the Privileges app is accidentally removed from your Dock, you can restore it by going to the EWU Self Service application in your Applications folder.


When prompted login with your SSO credentials.

Select the Tools/Troubleshooting section on the left hand side, then click on the Fix button of the Add Privileges app back to the Dockitem.

What actions do the Lock Screen and Login Window toggle options perform?

The Lock Screen toggle option locks your screen.

The Login Window toggle option returns you to the Login Window without logging you out.