Unlock Your Mac with Your Apple Watch

Security is important, and we advise that you always set up a lock on your Mac (and any other digital devices you use) to keep your data safe and prevent prying eyes. But security can also be frustrating, especially having to sign in to your Mac 10 times a day.

Luckily, if you have an Apple Watch, the whole process can become much easier, less frustrating, but no less secure.

Unlocking Your Mac With Your Apple Watch

If you own a mid-2013 or later Mac, running MacOS 10.13 or above, you can set it up to automatically unlock whenever your Apple Watch is close by. Your Mac and Watch will both need to be connected to the same Apple ID and signed in to iCloud, but other than, once this is set up it really is automatic.

If you are not sure which year your Mac or MacBook is from, you can easily check. Click on the Apple Menu > About This Mac. Here you can see lots of information about your computer, including the year listed next to the model.

Step 1 – Turn On Auto Unlock

Make sure that your Mac is connected to Wi-Fi and has Bluetooth enabled. Your Apple Watch needs to be set up with a Passcode. Once these things are done, open the System Preferences on your Mac (Apple Menu > System Preferences).

Click Security & Privacy and then click General. Select “Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac” or “Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.” The exact wording varies, depending on the version of macOS you are running.

If you have more than one Apple watch associated with the iCloud account, select the one you are using currently from the list of available devices.

You may need to enable two-factor authentication before you can enable this feature. You can do this in Apple Menu > System Preferences > Apple ID. From this section, choose Password & Security and then enable two-factor authentication and follow any further instructions to complete setup.

Go back and try to complete the Auto Unlock process now.

Step 2 – Unlocking Your Mac

This is the easy part! Simply wake your Mac and, as long as your Apple Watch is close enough, it will automatically unlock and be ready to use.

Unlocking Mac with Apple Watch

As soon as you move away from your Mac, the influence of the Watch will be lost, and it will lock according to the normal security settings.

Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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