How to Enable or Disable Lockdown Mode On a Mac Computer

Lockdown Mode is an optional security feature available in macOS Ventura or newer that should only be used if one believes they might be targeted by some of the most sophisticated digital threats. With Lockdown Mode enabled, certain apps, websites, and features will be limited for security and some features might not be available at all. Please follow the instructions below to enable or disable Lockdown Mode on a Mac computer.


  • macOS Ventura and newer
  • Administrator account

Enable Lockdown Mode:

  1. Start by clicking the Apple Logo at the top-left corner of the screen and select System Settings.

System Settings

     2. Select Privacy and Security from the menu pane on the left.

         At the bottom, you will find the setting "Lockdown Mode".

Click Turn On to enable Lockdown Mode.

You will be prompted to enter your password.

Privacy & Security/Lockdown Mode

     3. Select Turn On & Restart.

Click the Turn On & Restart Option

     4. Your Mac will restart in Lockdown Mode.

Disable Lockdown Mode:

     1. To disable Lockdown Mode, follow the instructions above to navigate to the Lockdown Mode setting.

You will now be given the option to turn off Lockdown Mode.

Select Turn Off and follow the prompts as needed.

Privacy & Security/Lockdown Mode

For more information on Lockdown Mode, please reference the following Apple support article:

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Keywords:lockdown security macOS mac macintosh apple lock down   Doc ID:123721
Owner:Caleb M.Group:Parkland College
Created:2023-02-01 12:34 CDTUpdated:2023-02-06 10:35 CDT
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