Bark Desktop App is not opening on Mac

Below we break down what you should do if your Macbook's Bark Desktop App is not opening. For the best instructions, select the specific way your app isn't opening below:

Error: "Bark is damaged and can’t be opened."

  1. Click Move to Trash in the error.
  2. Open Finder icon, happy face Finder.
  3. Look for Bark in the left column. If present, click ⏏ Eject.
  4. Now, let's download a fresh copy of the app here:
  5. It should install and open properly! Once it does, continue with our iOS setup guide.
Other issues or errors

If you are experiencing one of these issues...

  • The app doesn't open, or only opens for a second and immediately disappears
  • Error: "Bark can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software."

...Then, let's check a few settings on your Mac.

We have created specific instructions for various Mac versions. To find your current Mac version, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Click About This Mac. 
  3. A pop-up will appear similar to the one below, telling you which version you are on.
  4. Then, click on the steps applicable to your version of Mac below:
MacOS 10.14 MacOS 10.15-12.0 MacOS 13+

MacOS 10.14

  1. Click the apple icon Apple icon on the top left.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Click Security & Privacy
  4. Click the General tab at the top.
  5. Click the lock on the bottom left. 
  6. Enter the password you use to log into your Mac. This will allow you to make changes to these settings.
  7. Under "Allow apps downloaded from," select App Store and identified developers.
  8. Click the Privacy tab at the top.
  9. Click Full Disk Access on the left.
  10. Now, click the ➕ sign
  11. Select Applications from the left column, select Bark, and click Open.
  12. You can now click the lock again to prevent further changes to your settings.
  13. Next, let's open Finder icon, happy face Finder.
  14. Click Applications on the left.
  15. Double click on blue bark dog.jpg Bark. It should open now!