Allow these apps below to access your contacts.

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by felo500, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
    Anyone have any ideas as to how to remove both Pages and Skype (and every subsequent app which tries to access contacts) from the list? I've unchecked them already but now want to remove them completely. thanks.

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  2. macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
    I meant removing them from the list NOT from my computer. but thanks anyway.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Clearly the point that he was trying to make was that you cannot remove them from the list without removing them from your computer.....
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2012
    Any reason why you'd want to remove it from that list?

    I imagine you can't remove them easily for as long as the apps are in your computer. I suppose it's to keep the option there, if you ever wanted to allow them to use your contacts.

    For example, in iOS, you can disallow apps from using your location, but you can't remove them from the list. Same idea.
  6. macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2011
    What NoelF said...

    You should want to keep them on your list. That way, you'll know that they're not accessing your contacts.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
    Makes total sense, thanks for the help.
  8. macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    Yes, exactly. As long as they're not accessing your contacts, it shouldn't matter if they're actually present in that list or not, unless you need to stare at the list all day for some reason...
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Well, it seems like you're good as long as the check boxes are unchecked. However, I agree with you. It should really have a plus and minus sign for adding and removing programs, instead of these check boxes.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    That doesn't make any sense. The entire purpose of the list is to show what apps installed on the system have requested access to your contacts. There's no point to manually adding an app to the list that doesn't need to access contacts, or removing an app from the list without removing it completely from the system. In this case, checkboxes are the correct user interface paradigm.
  11. felo500, Jul 17, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2012

    thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
    I was just curious if there was a way to "minus" or remove an app, same way you would remove an app from the startup items menu in your account settings, you remove it form the startup list but not from your computer same way you could remove items from the contacts accessed list, to me there's no point in having an unchecked item reminding me that at some point in the past an app tried to access my contacts, if I uncheck it there should be a way to clear it, remove it, minus, it or whatever you want to call it.
  12. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The presence of the apps in the list only indicates that those apps are capable of using contact information from the Address Book, as opposed to TextEdit or Photo Booth, which cannot. You have to check the box to give them permission to do so. If you leave the box unchecked, it doesn't eliminate the fact that those apps are capable of using contact info if you gave them permission.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Aug 17, 2003
    No that doesn't make any sense. There are three states an app can be in:

    Hasn't asked
    Asked and given permission
    Asked and denied permission.

    Its lack of presence means it hasn't asked. So if you could remove the app from the list, you'd be asked again. The presence of the app means that the question was asked AND you gave an answer of yes or no.

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