Fix “An update is ready to install. Slack Is Trying to Add a New Helper Tool” keeps popping up on Mac

slack is trying to add a new helper tool
slack is trying to add a new helper tool

If you are also dealing with the “An update is ready to install. Slack Is Trying to Add a New Helper Tool” popup message on your Mac screen then you have landed at the right place. Though this popup specifically, is not an error, and to allow Slack to add the helper, you just have to put in the password, the issue is that the popup just keeps popping up which is really annoying.

Slack, with over 12 million daily active users, is used by a number of professionals to manage projects in various teams. It is a communication platform that is majorly used in workplaces. And if such an app that is used for professional purposes is posing issue then it becomes important to handle it immediately.

How to Fix “Slack Is Trying to Add a New Helper Tool” Error on Mac

As per many experienced users, this issue occurs on most Macs because Slack is owned by the root of the system instead of by the user itself. And so solve this, you can have two different approaches.

  • Either change the ownership of Slack.
  • Or Reinstall Slack.

Here are the steps to perform both of the procedures.

1. Change the ownership of Slack

To change the ownership of Slack from root to the owner, follow these steps:

1. Open Finder from the Dock.

open finder from dock

2. In Finder go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

open terminal

3. In the Terminal window, enter the following command and press the return key:

sudo chown -R username:staff /Applications/

Make sure to replace the term username with your actual username. In my case it was bhanupratap.

Tip: You can get your username mentioned on the top of the terminal window that you are currently using.

4. After executing the above command, type the administrator password of your Mac PC and again press the return key.

change slack ownership

2. Reinstall Slack

If you are not comfortable with fix 1, then you can try reinstalling slack as it is much more simple and doesn’t contain any confusing command lines. To reinstall Slack on your Mac PC follow these steps:

1. Open Finder from the Dock.

open finder from dock

2. Go to Applications from the left pane. Right-click on Slack and select Move to Bin. This will uninstall Slack from your Mac.

move slack to bin

3. Now open the App Store and search for Slack.

4. Click on the Get button to install Slack for Desktop.

install slack from apple app store

5. Wait for Slack to get installed and then sign into the app by entering the required credentials.

Doing so should solve your issue of the “Slack Is Trying to Add a New Helper Tool” on your Mac system.

Bottom Line

With that said, here comes the end of this fixing guide and I am hoping that you would now don’t see the repetitive popup of the “Slack Is Trying to Add a New Helper Tool” message.

The issue can be easily rectified by changing the ownership of the Slack application from root to the actual user admin of the system. However, this method requires running commands in the terminal window which may not be a suitable thing for most users. Hence you can also try reinstalling the Slack app to get the issue fixed.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.


  1. Lot of user wont understand the difference between their “full user name” in mac or the terminal user name.

    So may be is easier to run:
    sudo chown -R $USER:staff /Applications/

    $USER is a variable with stored the current username

    1. I like the way you are thinking I just see two issues.

      You would have to use sudo chown -R “$USER”:staff /Applications/ because without the ” it dosen’t work and second of all, this would only work if you are an Administrator.
      If you are not an administrator. You would have to SU into the Admin account and then use the Command with your username, since the current logged in user would be the Admin account.

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