When using Kast, you will need to give some system permissions in order to have the best possible experience. This handy guide lists the permissions needed, first for Mac OS Catalina (10.15), and then for older versions.
Mac OS versions 10.15 and newer (Catalina)
With the newest Mac OS, permissions have become a bit trickier. Whenever you use a feature in Kast that requires special system permissions, you should get a prompt to allow that feature. However, if for some reason you don't get this prompt, below we show all the various permissions needed.
You can find all of these by first going to System Preferences, and then selecting Security & Privacy and finally Privacy (the fourth tab in this view). If the checkbox next to Kast is not active, click the lock in the bottom left corner, enter your system password and then click the checkbox next to Kast to enable the feature in question
This one if fairly simple. If you want to talk to your friends while hanging out on Kast, you will need to give Kast permission to access your microphone.
Access to your camera is needed if you want to stream your real life surroundings and show the other people in the party all your emotions. Make sure camera access is checked.
A slightly confusing name, screen recording on Mac just means that we have access to the things you see on your screen. This means that if you want to stream your whole desktop or an individual application, you will need to check that Kast has access in screen recording.
Mac OS versions older than 10.15 (pre-Catalina)
When you start up Kast on a Mac, the following dialog will pop up, and you might end up a bit confused. Why are we asking to control your computer like some kind of hypnotoad?
Older versions of Mac OS are a bit simpler and only a few permissions are needed for Kast.
The reason we need to get some privileges on Mac is to make push-to-talk functionality work properly. Follow these steps to get everything set up correctly.
1. Click the "Open System Preferences" button, or just go directly to the System Preferences on your Mac (the coglike icon in your taskbar).
2. If you go to System Preferences yourself, select Security & Privacy (picture below). Select the Accessibility option from the list on the left.
3. When you are in the Privacy (Accessibility) settings, things should look like this:
(You might have some additional applications listed here, depending on what you use.)
Kast needs to have the checkbox next to it selected for it to work properly. If the checkbox is not selected, click the lock icon in the bottom left corner. You will be prompted to enter your Mac system password, after which you can make changes. Go ahead and make sure the checkbox is selected for Kast.
If Kast is not at all visible in the list of applications in this dialog, you can add Kast by clicking the "+" icon at the bottom of the list. A dialog will open up, where you can find Kast on your computer. You should find Kast in your "Applications" folder. After you have added it, again make sure the checkbox next to it is selected.
Once you are done, click the lock (bottom left) again to stop making changes
4. You are all set, awesome! That troublesome system popup should no longer be bothering you when you are launching Kast, and push-to-talk should work.