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How to Fix Profiles MDM Wants to Make Changes

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2023-12-27 / Update for  Mac OS

Remote Management or MDM for short, has allowed businesses and corporations to easily manage their company-issued devices. But sometimes, due to these remote management profiles, certain problems can arise. One such problem is Profile MDM wants to make changes window keeps popping up on MacBooks. What does this message mean and how to fix it? Let’s find out here!

Part 1: What Does Profiles MDM Wants to Make Changes Mean

If you have been seeing the message "Profiles/MDM wants to make changes" on your MacBook, it means that an MDM profile installed on your device is trying to modify some settings or permissions. You might be in one of the following scenarios:

  • Your Mac that you used for work is enrolled into an MDM system. The MDM profile wants to make a change when the settings changes, the certificate expires or the profile is removed.
  • If you use Xfinity WiFi hotspots on your Mac, you may notice this “Profiles/MDM wants to make changes” messages. Xfinity requires installing a profile to ensure the netowrk connection.
  • Your Mac is infected by malware that installed an MDM profile without your knowing. The MDM profile may ask for changes to gain access to your device or data.

Related Read: Jamf MDM profile removal

Be careful and verify the source and purpose of the request before entering your credentials. Depending on the situation, you may want to allow or deny the changes.

Part 2: How to Fix or Prevent Profiles MDM Wants to Make Changes

Now that you are stuck in this mess, there has to be some solutions to get rid of “Profiles/MDM wants to make changes” popup. The best and quickest way is to check and remove MDM profiles in Settings. See below:

  • Navigate to System Preferences > Profiles to see all of the MDM profiles that are being installed or previously installed on your Mac.

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  • Select the one you want to get rid of. Click the “-” button at the bottom of the list.
  • Confirm this removal process. Done. You will no longer see this popup again.

Also there are three tips for you to avoid seeing “Profiles MDM wants to make changes” message in the future.

  • Do not install MDM profiles from untrusted sources.
  • Keep your macOS system and apps updated to the latest versions. This will help you avoid potential vulnerabilities and bugs.
  • If you encounter a message like this, ask your MDM administrator for more information about the request.
  • Contact Apple Support for any strange changes that you cannot figure out.

Extra Tip: How to Remove MDM Profile on iPhone and iPad

“Profiles/MDM wants to make changes” issue has been solved on your Mac. Looking for some ways to remove device management profiles from your iPhones or iPads? Well look no more! Tenorshare 4uKey is one of the best tools that can bypass MDM locks without failing. Besides, 4ukey can

  • Unlock any iOS devices without passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.
  • Find and view stored passwords like Wi-Fi passwords.
  • Remove Apple ID from iPhone and iPad without password.
  • Remove Screen Time passcode without causing data loss.

Get back to the MDM bypass using 4uKey. Follow the steps given below:

  • On your computer, install 4uKey. Click on Bypass MDM and connect your device with the computer.

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  • On your iPhone or iPad, turn off Find My. Then click on Start to begin the process of bypassing MDM.

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  • Now, the process starts. It takes some time to complete.

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  • Your device will restart and MDM will be bypassed without data loss.

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If you see the "Profile MDM wants to make changes" message on your Mac, which is enrolled in an MDM, you can follow the steps in this article to fix or prevent it. You can also bypass MDM profile on your iOS devices using Tenorshare 4uKey. If you have any query regarding MDM profiles, drop a comment below so we can help you out.