How to unlock Mac with Apple Watch

Did you know that you can automatically unlock your Mac without typing your password if you’re wearing the Apple Watch? This is one of the perks if you own Apple devices as you can connect them to each other and enjoy certain features you cannot get from others.

In this post, I will guide you on how to setup your devices so that auto unlock will be enabled and would work properly. If you want this feature, continue reading as this article may be able to help you.

System Requirements

  • Apple Watch (1st generation)
  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Late 2013 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2013 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2014)
  • iMac (Late 2013 or newer)
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer)

Setting up Auto Unlock

  1. Set your Apple ID to use two-factor authentication instead of two-step verification.
  2. Turn on both Bluetooth and WiFi on your Mac.
  3. Both your Mac and Apple Watch must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
  4. Your Apple Watch must use passcode. To do this, open open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap Passcode.
  5. Your Mac isn’t using Internet sharing or screen sharing.
  6. Your Mac has ”Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac” selected in Security & Privacy preferences. To do this, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then select the General tab.

Once you’ve done these things, you can now enjoy the auto unlock feature on your Mac if your Apple Watch is nearby.

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