How do I install Covenant Eyes for Mac®?

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Before You Begin

  • Compatibility: Covenant Eyes’ Mac software is compatible with macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) and above. To see if Covenant Eyes is compatible with your Mac, follow these steps.
  • Administrator Profile: Covenant Eyes must be installed on the computer’s Administrator profile. Installing on a secondary profile may cause future issues. To switch profiles, click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of your screen and click “Sign Out.” Then, sign in as the Administrator.
  • Potential Filter Conflict: If you wish to use Apple’s Screen Time’s Web Content Restrictions in conjunction with Covenant Eyes’ filtering, please follow the steps in this article to allow Covenant Eyes and prevent a conflict.

Installing Covenant Eyes for Mac

  1. Go to my.covenanteyes.com and log in with your username and password.
  2. After you’ve signed in, select “Downloads,” “macOS,” and then the “Download Now” button.
  3. Once the download has finished, open it from your dock.
  4. Once you open the CovenantEyesMac.dmg download, double click and open “Install Covenant Eyes 3.6.5.pkg.”
  5. A pop-up will appear and ask you to confirm if you want to install Covenant Eyes. Click the “Allow” button.
  6. The Covenant Eyes installer will appear next. You will see a welcome message from the Covenant Eyes Installer. Click “Continue.”
  7. Read the Important Information page and click “Continue.”
  8. The Installer will bring you to the Software License Agreement page. When you are ready to proceed, click the “Continue” button.
  9. A drop-down message will appear and ask if you agree with the software license agreement. Click the “Agree” button to continue the installation.
  10. At the Installation Type screen, click the “Install” button to begin the install process.
  11. The Mac will ask for permission to install Covenant Eyes. You will need to enter your Mac Administrator username and password and click the “Install Software” button to continue.
  12. After the installation is complete, a message will populate stating it was successful. Save any unsaved work, close all your applications, and then restart your computer.
  13. A pop-up will appear and ask if you want to move the Covenant Eyes dmg file to the Trash. We recommend that you keep the installer because it can be helpful for troubleshooting purposes if issues arise later. Click the “Keep” button.
  14. Covenant Eyes may prompt you to sign in now. If you do not see a login box, the program likely remembered your Covenant Eyes username and password and logged in automatically.
  15. Next, you may receive a message indicating that Covenant Eyes needs to record your screen. If so,  you’ll want to click “Open Security Preferences.”

    • In Security & Privacy, make sure you are under the Privacy tab. Then, click on the padlock at the lower-left corner and enter the Mac Administrator password once more.

    • With the page unlocked, scroll through the list on the left-hand side and click “Screen Recording.” On the right-hand side check the box next to Covenant Eyes.
    • The operating system should immediately prompt you to restart Covenant Eyes. After you click the “Quit & Reopen” button, Covenant Eyes will restart.
    • Once Covenant Eyes has restarted, there will be a check in the box. You can now close the System Preferences window.
  16. Covenant Eyes should prompt you to allow notifications from Covenant Eyes. Hover over the notification, click the “Options” menu, select “Allow.”
  17. Note: If you aren’t subscribed to our Filter service, you can stop here and you’re done installing Covenant Eyes! The following steps are for members that are subscribed to our Filtering service, which blocks explicit websites; You will receive a pop-up telling you that Covenant Eyes is about to install a system extension to filter network content. Click “Continue.”
  18. You will also receive a message asking if you would like to filter network content. If so, you will need to click the “Allow” button.

    • You may receive a message that the System Extension was blocked. On this message you will want to click the “Open Security Preferences” button.
    • You should be taken to the General tab of Security & Privacy. Toward the bottom of the window you should see where it says the “System software from application ‘Covenant Eyes’ was blocked from loading.” To allow the Covenant Eyes, you will need to click on the padlock in the lower-left corner.
    • Once again, enter your Mac Administrator password and click the “Unlock” button.
    • After the window is unlocked, click the “Allow” button.
    • Once the Covenant Eyes system extension has been allowed, click the lock icon in the lower-left and then close Security & Privacy. Then select “Done” from the module at the top of the screen.

Congratulations! You’ve finished installing Covenant Eyes for Mac. At this point, you should see a bolded Covenant Eyes logo at the top-right corner of your screen. If you click on the icon, it will show you are “Signed In as” your username!

Updating Covenant Eyes

In order to update your Covenant Eyes software, simply follow the process outlined above. In most cases, you will not need to uninstall your current version of the software.

Checking Your Version Number

Click the Covenant Eyes icon in the menu bar. You’ll see the version number near the bottom of the drop-down menu.


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