How to Turn off "Terminal" would like to access files message on Mac?

If you recently got a new Mac and have been accessing Terminal to run commands, you will see messages like,

Terminal would like to access files in your Downloads folder
More Examples: "Terminal" would like to access files in your Desktop folder. "Terminal" would like to access files in your Network volume.

How to turn them off

  1. Click on the Apple Logo on the Menu.
  2. Now click on System Preferences... (Settings if on macOS Ventura or Sonoma)
  3. Now click on Privacy & Security
  4. Click on Full Disk Access.
    Full Disk Access macOS Privacy and Security
  5. Now click on the + sign and select Terminal from Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal
  6. If Terminal is open you will see a message "Terminal" will not have full disk access until it is quit., so Quit & ReOpen.
    Terminal will not have full disk access until it is quit
  7. Now you should not see such messages again!

This is not an AI-generated article but is demonstrated by a human on an M1 Mac running macOS Sonoma 14.0.

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