How to install the Sophos Central Endpoint (macOS)

This article will show you how to install Sophos Endpoint Protection Standard or Advanced on your Mac.

Important: Unlike Intercept X, the Sophos Central Endpoint cannot be installed in parallel to other third-party anti-virus products such as Symantec, Kaspersky, Intego, Bitdefender, Trend Micro and others. It is therefore essential to uninstall the existing antivirus before installing the Sophos Central Endpoint.


  • macOS 10.9+
  • Sophos Central Account
  • Admin rights on the Mac
  • No other virus protection installed
  • Internet connection

How to install the Sophos Endpoint Protection

1. Sign in to your Sophos Central account

Log in to the Sophos Central Admin at

2. Download the installer

Click on the menu item Protect Devices in the Sidebar and select the installer named Download only Endpoint Advanced under Endpoint Protection.

Sophos Central Download Setup Endpoint Advanced

info: If you only want to install the standard version, you have to download and run the Advanced Installer first. You can switch to the standard version in Sophos Central later. How this works, we’ll explain to you in this article.

3. Run the installer

Next, you can now start the setup of Sophos Endpoint. An internet connection is required.

Important: Make sure that there is absolutely no other antivirus installed on your Mac before you run the Sophos Endpoint Protection setup.

4. Check installation

If the installation has worked, the computer is now protected and listed in Sophos Central. To check this, you can click on the menu item Endpoint Protection in the Sidebar and select Computer.

Important: You must never simply delete computers in Sophos Central until the software has been uninstalled on your Mac. The software is protected by Tamper Protection (manipulation protection). To remove this protection, it is essential to link to Sophos Central.

5. Assign license to correct user

If there is already a user in Sophos Central for this Mac account where the endpoint has been installed, you can now assign the license to that user. To find out how to do this, see this page.