After logging in to their MacOS, some users found 2 rectangles overlapping in the Apple status menu bar with an error message, ‘Your screen is being observed’ on Mac’s lock screen.
The same message appeared on the screen when clicking on these rectangular icons.
Why does Mac says your screen is being observed? How to fix it? Read through this article to find!
Why Does My Mac Says Your Screen Is Being Observed?
There are many reasons why Mac says your screen is being observed. These are as follows:
- Startup Applications: Some applications and services start running while you open your Mac. These apps may sometimes conflict and cause error.
- Screen Recording: If you initiated recording something on Mac, and it continues while locking the Mac screen, then you may get the error message while turning on Mac again.
- Third-Party Applications: Sometimes, the third-party apps installed into your system may conflict and cause an error on Mac.
- Share Screen: If you share your Mac screen locally or remotely, then also you can get the message that your screen is observed.
- Airplay Or Screen Mirroring: If you are mirroring your mac OS to stream video content, then this can also be the reason why you are getting your screen is being observed error message.
What To Do When Mac Says Your Screen Is Being Observed?
Follow the solutions given below when your screen is being observed on Mac.
1) Disable The Login Programs
Many startup programs running in the background may often conflict and show the message that your Mac screen is being monitored.
Disabling the apps and services can fix the problem. So, follow the instructions given below:
- Click on the Apple icon and open System Preferences.
- Choose Users & Groups.
- Next select Login Items. Here you will find the list of all the startup items.
- Select the startup programs that you want to disable. Click on the Minus (-) button as shown in the picture given below.
2) Stop Screen Recording
If you were recording something on Mac and then locked the Mac screen or the Mac went to sleep, the recording continues.
This can be the reason why you are seeing the error message that your Mac is being observed. So, stop the recording and this can fix the issue. To do so, follow the steps as given:
- Open the System Preferences window and click on Security & Privacy option.
- Go to the Privacy tab and click on Screen Recording. Here you will see all the applications that have permission for screen recording.
- Uncheck the box for the apps you want to provide screen recording access to.
- Click on the lock icon for. Click the lock to make changes option from the left side corner. Give your Mac password when prompted.
3) Stop Screen Sharing
If you are sharing a screen on Mac locally or remotely, then this can be the reason why Mac is showing you it is being observed. So, stop screen sharing by following the steps given below:
- From the Apple menu, click on System preferences.
- Select Sharing option. Uncheck the boxes for Screen Sharing, Remote Management, and Remote Login options.
4) Uninstall Third-Party Apps On Mac
Sometimes the third-party applications and programs running in the background can conflict with the system. Because of this, you may get an error message on your macOS.
So, uninstall any such application on your Mac following the steps given below:
- Click on the Applications from the Go drop-down Menu.
- Select a third-party app from the list of Applications. Press the Ctrl button on your keyboard and click on the application. From the drop-down Menu, select Move to Trash option.
- Restart Mac and check if this could fix the problems. If not, then go to the next step.
5) Stop Using Airplay
We sometimes use Airplay or mirror mac screen to stream videos.
This can be the reason why you are getting the error message on your Mac. So, stop using Airplay by following the steps given:
- Click on the AirPlay icon (which looks like a PC) from the menu bar and choose to turn it off.
- You can also open System preferences widow and select Displays from the options.
- From the display window, turn the AirPlay Display off.
6) Reinstall Your MacOS
If none of the above methods could help you get rid of the error message that your Mac is being monitored, then reinstall your macOS.
This process will delete everything from your Mac. So, before reinstalling Mac, make sure to back up all your important data.
Now follow the given steps:
- Enter Mac Recovery mode following this guide.
- Go to the Go tab and locate Disk Utility. You can use the spotlight search to find Disk Utility.
- Click Erase to delete the Macintosh HD Volume as shown in the picture below.
- Reinstall Mac, and this time you should not get the error.
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]
Here are some common questions asked by Mac users who saw their mac screen is being observed error message:
- Why does Mac say your screen is being observed?
If you are sharing your Mac screen or allowing access to some apps to record your screen, then you may get these types of error messages on Mac.
Sometimes the third-party apps also conflict with each other and create such errors.
- How do I stop being observed on Mac?
To stop being observed on Mac, you should stop screen sharing and screen recording.
- How can I tell if your Mac is being monitored?
If you get a notification at the Mac lock screen that your screen is shared or find overlapping square icons in the Apple status menu bar, you can say that your Mac is being monitored.
Send us feedback if the above article could fix your problem when the screen is being observed on Mac.
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