Due to some unknown hiccups, I can’t unlock my Mac with Apple Watch. How can I break the shackles and make the auto-unlock start working magically again?
There are a few simple hacks that can bring “Auto-Unlock” back into action again. Besides, you should also ensure that some of the basic things have been perfectly put in place. Let’s try out some quick tricks to fix the Auto-Unlock issue!
Unable to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch? Try These Solutions to Fix the Hurdle
It’s always good to take a look at the basic things to ensure they are all ideally set up before going for the holistic approach.
- Make sure your Apple Watch is running watchOS 3 or later.
- You must have a 2013 Mac or newer running macOS Sierra or later.
- Ensure that you have enabled two-factor authentication for iCloud.
- Your Apple Watch and Mac must have a passcode enabled.
- Mac and Apple Watch must be linked with the same iCloud account.
- Be sure that Automatic Login Is Disabled On your Mac. Click on Apple icon in the top left the corner of the screen → System Preferences → Users & Groups → lock button to make changes and then enter your system administrator password → click on Login Options and select Off from the Automatic login menu.
Reset the Radios on your Apple Watch and Mac
For Auto-Unlock to work smoothly, you must have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on your devices. If any of these two is turned off, it won’t work at all. Try giving the radios a fresh start!
On your Apple Watch:
Step #1. Swipe up from the watch face to access control center. Then, tap on Airplane Mode button to turn On the radios.
Step #2. Now, wait for sometime and then turn off Airplane Mode.
On your Mac:
Step #1. First up, click on Bluetooth icon in the menubar and select Turn Bluetooth Off.
Then, wait for sometime and then turn on Bluetooth.
Step #2. Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the menubar and choose Turn Wi-Fi Off.
Now, wait for sometime and then turn on Wi-Fi.
After the radios have been reset, you will be able to unlock your Mac. If you still haven’t crossed the roadblock, move on to the next solution.
Reboot Your Mac and Apple Watch
If the first solution didn’t resolve the problem, restart your device. Many a time, a simple reboot can fix some minor obstacles. There it’s worth giving it a chance as well.
On your Smartwatch:
Press and hold the Digital Crown and Side button at the same time to reboot the watch.
On your Mac:
Click on the Apple icon on the menubar and then select Restart…
Repair your Apple Watch
Hasn’t yet overcome the hurdle? Repair your Apple Watch. Agreed, it’s a lengthy process and requires a lot of patience. However, the fresh stance can get rid of the miscellaneous hiccups that might be preventing the information from being transmitted.
After you have repaired your smartwatch, re-enable Auto Unlock in your Mac’s System Preferences again. Then, it should start working.
Update OS Your Mac and Apple Watch
Outdated operating systems tend to go crazy at times and is to be really problematic for a lot of functions. Therefore, update your devices.
Step #1. Open Watch app on your iPhone and then select My Watch tab at the bottom.
Step #2. Now, tap on General → Software Update.
Check out if there is an update waiting for you. Install the update if it’s there.
Update OS on your Mac:
Step #1. Open Mac App Store and select Updates tab in the top left corner.
Step #2. If you find macOS software update, click to install it.
After the software update, you will, most likely, be able to overcome the issue.
Assuming, the problem is behind you! By the way, which of the solutions mentioned above clicked for you? Having your feedback would be nice.
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