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Question: macOS wants access to your Google account

Just updated to Mojave 10.14.4. The only previous connection between any Google accounts I have and my Apple world is sharing my Google calendar with my Apple calendar (I can see on all my devices).


Now I'm getting a request in Mac OS calendar to enter the password for the Google account. "Google requires completing authentication". The pop-up opens safari and takes me to a page that says macOS wants the ability to do all of these (no pick-and-choose possible):


  • Read, compose, send, and permanently delete all your email from Gmail (not necessary - I don't use Apple mail on the Mac for access to my Gmail)
  • See, edit, download, and permanently delete your contacts (um, no. In any case, my contacts are already in iCloud)
  • See, edit, share, and permanently delete all the calendars you can access using Google Calendar (this is what I'm looking for, although I really just want to "see". The rest is unnecessary)
  • View and send chat messages (not needed)


My only choices at this point are to allow this full access or cancel (and then have to deal with being asked again).


Is there a way to get my Google calendar events to show up in my Apple calendar like it did previously and not allow access to everything else? Can I just leave it be? If the latter is true, any way of getting rid of the prompts to enter the password?




MacBook Air 13", macOS 10.14

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Apr 12, 2019 6:20 AM in response to peter_watt In response to peter_watt

The number of very unhelpful (derogatory honestly) comments and statements here is beyond belief.


The bottom line is that when Apple releases an update to macOS they NEED to provide their loyal base details about what's IN the update! We WANT security updates, but if they keep surprising us with changes...we're going to be much LESS likely to take these updates.


I don't care about the details of the security fixes being included in the documentation, as Apple has always been cagy about detailing those. However, if you're going to introduce or include a NEW feature...they need to provide documentation so we are prepared to deal with the change.


For those who get blind sided by this issue the SOLUTION to is is to head over to System Preferences and uncheck the 'Safari Autofill' option under Touch ID as shown. Life returns to normal.




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Apr 5, 2019 9:52 AM in response to jjkraw In response to jjkraw

It’s Google who is asking. Need to either accept all (no significant risk to you) or shift all your calendars from Google.com to iCloud.com.


That is what I did. The only problem as you probably know is accessing icloud calendar from android devices but it just needs an app and a one-time password. I prefer to trust my data to Apple rather than google.


The first request is for MacOS and safari not Mail.

Apr 5, 2019 9:52 AM

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Apr 6, 2019 12:38 PM in response to peter_watt In response to peter_watt

But basically, why(!) Apple and 'macOS wants access to' anything besides of my operations with the machine? Any electronic communications, including my Gmail account (but not only) are my private dealings with Google and others. To be honest I start considering leaving Gmail in that situation.

Apr 6, 2019 12:38 PM

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Apr 12, 2019 6:20 AM in response to peter_watt In response to peter_watt

The number of very unhelpful (derogatory honestly) comments and statements here is beyond belief.


The bottom line is that when Apple releases an update to macOS they NEED to provide their loyal base details about what's IN the update! We WANT security updates, but if they keep surprising us with changes...we're going to be much LESS likely to take these updates.


I don't care about the details of the security fixes being included in the documentation, as Apple has always been cagy about detailing those. However, if you're going to introduce or include a NEW feature...they need to provide documentation so we are prepared to deal with the change.


For those who get blind sided by this issue the SOLUTION to is is to head over to System Preferences and uncheck the 'Safari Autofill' option under Touch ID as shown. Life returns to normal.




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Apr 15, 2019 10:03 AM in response to Jennifer70 In response to Jennifer70

As said before it is Google who is making the request. Same as I get gmails saying “xyz device just logged into your Google account, was this you?”

It’s not a Mojave request, it’s Google’s security. Ask them why they are so security conscious, or dump them. The only reason I keep my gmail address is that I have a Youtube channel, but I avoid signing into my Google account if at all possible, dumped my Droid devices and moved all my stuff to iCloud.

Apr 15, 2019 10:03 AM

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Apr 16, 2019 1:47 AM in response to Jennifer70 In response to Jennifer70

In fact you prompted me to download and archive my YouTube videos and delete my channel and my Google account. Google still has my stuff stored somewhere I suspect but of no further commercial use to them and at least they told me its all gone - browsing history, comments by me and comments about me, reviews, timelines, the lot.

Apr 16, 2019 1:47 AM

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