Are installed apps installed for all users? ...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cmeisenzahl, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. cmeisenzahl macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    Moving to a new Mac Mini from Windows 7, kind of an OS X noob here. ;-)

    I created several accounts for all 5 of us in the family. Logged in as myself I installed Google Chrome, accepting the defaults. I see it in my account, but not in the others.

    Is that normal behavior? Do I have to install it separately foer each user account? What's the best way to handle this?

    Thanks very much in advance,
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If apps are installed in the /Applications folder, they are available to all users, unless you restrict a user with Parental Controls. If you install an app in the ~/Applications folder (/Users/yourusername/Applications), that app is only available to you.

    Installing Applications in Mac OS X
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That is not normal. It sounds like maybe you either left in in the installer DMG image and are running it from there, or your dragged the Chrome app into another one of your folders. Make sure you put it in the main /Applications folder and everybody will be able to see it.
  4. cmeisenzahl thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    Thanks, got it working. I just moved the Chrome icon/app to the main Apps folder. Thanks!

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