Grammarly Now Supports Native Mac Apps

I don’t have enough experience with Ulysses’ built-in grammar check to offer an opinion. Though, I do like to at least have the option of using Grammarly in Ulysses, as that’s what I’m most familiar with. And for particularly important writing I could see running a check with both.

You have to have the desktop app installed. Then it is just there. They seem to be making a lot of updates to the Grammarly function - at first in Obsidian the green circle G was in the way, then it move to follow the typing point but out of the way and then it disappeared but the Grammarly popups still appear on hover. Depending on plugins and such, it seems to have occasional lags in Obsidian but still editing is very snappy in Obsidian.

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Working fine on my late 2014 27" 5K iMac on Catalina - so fine on Intel for me.

Interesting. I wonder why it’s not working for me. There doesn’t seem to be any type of option to enable it.

I find I rarely want it active anyway, it’s nice when I do want it, but I would rather it just worked when I told it to. If I am going to continue to use it, I will have to take up @timstringer’s macro.

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FYI, Grammarly premium is on sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday for 55% off. $5.40/month when paid annually.


I’ve been thinking about subscribing to Grammarly for a while. Decided to install it yesterday and try out the free version again, ever since the fans on my MBP and CPU have been going nuts. Anyone else found this?

Aaand nabbed. Just a three month “trial” at first. Never thought I’d spend more time writing English than code, but I’m up to my neck in strategy documents and the like.

I’m running Grammarly Desktop on an M1 MacBook Pro and a late 2015 iMac (both are running macOS 12.0.1 Monterey) and haven’t noticed any performance issues.

Have you checked Activity Monitor to see if Grammarly Desktop is what’s causing the fans to spin up? It wouldn’t hurt to restart your Mac as well to see if that helps.

Here’s the RAM consumption by Grammarly Desktop on my computer:

Yeah, but that’s because you HAVE available RAM. It won’t kick out anything as long as it doesn’t have to - that’s how RAM usage works.
It’s like an attic. When it gets full, you throw out some stuff, and then you wait until it gets full again before you feel the pressure to do anything about it. At least, that’s how it works for me.


should have added in my earlier message that I am quite okay with the RAM consumption for the added functionality.

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You took the words right out of my mouth. I cannot see paying that kind of money for Grammarly. I wrote a short story. I had Ulysses check my grammar and spelling. It came back with no errors whatsoever.

$30 per month for iOS! C’mon. Ok, so it’s $140 per year.

You can get Ulysses in set app subscription for $10 per month which includes loads of other apps. And, no, I don’t work for them! LOL!

Actually, the grammar and spelling are free. It’s the style, semantics and content editing suggestions that cost extra :slight_smile:


Really? How can an app do styles? Wow! Where can you get it?

Well, here: Grammarly Prices and Plans | Grammarly

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Well, here I am, thanking you!

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Be aware if you install the desktop version and then uninstall it, it appears to to break macOS’s spell checker. I uninstalled it on my both my machines, and now apps that use the system’s spellchecker no long have spell check. I have not found a way to turn it back on.

(Sorry if there are spelling mistakes in this post, but my Mac doesn’t have a spell checker anymore. :wink: )

Also if you uninstall it, then go to Grammarly website for your account, it will say Grammarly for Mac is active, even though it’s been uninstalled. This app appears to be messing with system files and it doesn’t change them back when you uninstall it.

Sorry to bump this thread one more time, but this is important and people might find this thread looking for an answer. @quorm figured it out already, but Grammarly support just emailed me to the do the exact same thing. So…

If you uninstall Grammarly for Mac and the system spell check is not working in apps such as Mail or Notes, do the following:

Open Terminal and copy and paste the following:
defaults write -g NSAllowContinuousSpellChecking -bool true
Restart the affected apps (or your whole computer).


This is dodgy behavior, IMO. A good citizen app would ask before coopting a global macOS setting, and then provide an uninstaller that would reverse the setting as it left the house.