Apps Damaged, Can’t Open on Mac? Tips to Fix It

Suddenly some apps on my Mac running macOS Sierra started crashing. They seemed to be altogether frozen and damaged. As a result, I couldn’t open them.

One of my friends suggested me to try out some tips to fix the damaged apps. Luckily, they worked in resolving the issue. Have apps got damaged on your Mac as well? Give these tips a try to fix them!

How to Fix the Damaged Apps on Mac

Quick Tip

Just hold down command+option when you launch the app. It would let you open the app.

Empty Your Mac’s Cache

  1. First off, you need to empty your Mac’s cache. To do so, open the Finder window
  2. Head over to Go to Folder in the Go menu.Click on Go and Then Select Go to Folder on Mac
  3. Next, you need to type in ~/Library/Caches.Clear Caches in macOS Sierra
  4. Now, hit enter to go to that folder and then clean it up

Reset your Computer’s PRAM

  1. Shut down your Mac and turn it back on
  2. When you hear the startup sound, quickly hold down Command, Option, P, and R

You need to keep holding them down until you hear the computer restart, as well as the startup, sound again.

Check Out Your Mac’s Security Settings

  1. Head over to the System Preferences.Click on Apple Menu and Select System Preferences on Mac
  2. Click on Security & Privacy.Click on Security & Privacy in macOS Sierra System Preferences
  3. Click on General Tab → Click on the lock icon and enter your Mac’s system password.Click on General and Click on Lock Icon on MacEnter System Password on Mac
  4. Make sure to check the Allow applications downloaded from App Store and identified developers setting → Click on the lock icon again.Click on Allow Apps Download From

That’s all!

Hopefully, these tips are able to troubleshoot the damaged apps. Just in case you know any handy tips to resolve them, you can share them with us.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.