Create a Mac System Preferences Control Policy

This policy lets you control which System Settings or System Preferences your users can access. Disabling a specific setting, such as Apple Pay, prevents users from using Apple Pay on a managed device. This macOS policy works on all JumpCloud supported operating systems. The policy won’t be supported on major OS versions after macOS 13 Ventura because the SystemPreferences payload has been deprecated by Apple.

To create a System Preferences Control policy for macOS:

  1. Log in to the Admin Portal:
  2. Go to DEVICE MANAGEMENT > Policy Management.
  3. In the All tab, click (+).
  4. On the New Policy panel, select the Mac tab.
  5. Select System Preferences Control from the list, then click configure.
  6. Under Settings, choose an OS:
    • Restrict System Preferences for macOS 12 and earlier – For devices running macOS 12 Monterey and earlier, select which System Preferences you want to disable for your users. If you don’t select this field, the list of System Preferences is not available. 
    • Restrict System Settings for macOS 13 – For devices running macOS 13 Ventura, select which System Settings you want to disable for your users. If you don’t select this field, the list of System Settings is not available. This policy will not be supported on macOS 14.
  7. Depending on which macOS version you chose in Step 6, go to that section and select the options that you want to disable:

  8. If needed, repeat Step 7 for the other macOS version.
  9. (Optional) Select the Device Groups tab. Select one or more device groups where you’ll apply this policy. For device groups with multiple OS member types, the policy is applied only to the supported OS.
  10. (Optional) Select the Devices tab. Select one or more devices where you’ll apply this policy.


For this policy to take effect, you must specify a device or a device group in Step 9 or Step 10.

  1. Click save.
  2. For the policy to take effect, the user must log out and then log back in to the Admin Portal.
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