How to Unlock Your Mac Using Apple Watch

With macOS Sierra installed, you can unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch by enabling Auto Unlock feature.

One macOS Sierra feature that like the most at WWDC 2016 was “Auto Unlock.” Done with entering passwords every time I have to unlock my Mac, I had been waiting for this smart feature to arrive for a long time.

Fortunately, Auto-Unlock has gone live with macOS Sierra beta 2. Excited by this elegant feature, I rushed to give it a quick try. And from what I have experienced, I can say that it has really impressed a person like me who can’t help using Mac.

How to Unlock Mac Using Apple WatchThough the process to enabling Auto Unlock is a bit lengthy, the end result is awesome. If you are all geared up to get on with this new feature, let’s cross over to have a go at it!


  • You Mac must be 2013 or later running macOS Sierra beta 2 or later.
  • Apple Watch must have watchOS 3 beta 2 or later.
  • Your Mac and Apple Watch must be connected with the same iCloud account.
  • Two-Factor authentication must be enabled for your Apple ID.
  • Passcode must be enabled on your Apple Watch.

Note: In order to determine your Mac’s model year, you need to click on the Apple logo at the top-left menu bar and select About This Mac. You will see the model year in the main Overview tab.

You need to enable Two-factor Authentication for your Apple ID account in order to use the Auto Unlock feature. At the same time, you will have to turn off Two-Step Verification.

Turn Off Two-Step Verification on Mac

Visit Click on Edit Under Security section → under Two-Step Verification, select Turn Off Two-Step Verification.

Here is the detailed information on turning on/off Two-step verification.

Turn On Two-factor Authentication on Mac

Click on Apple icon Click on System Preferences → Click on iCloud → Click on Account Details → Click on Security → Click Turn On  Two-factor Authentication.

Refer this step by step guide for in-depth understanding.

How to Enable and Use Auto Unlock on Mac

Step #1. Make sure you have set a passcode on your Apple Watch running watchOS 3. (Tap on the Watch icon on your iPhone → My Watch → Passcode → tap Turn Passcode On → on your Apple Watch enter a passcode → re-enter your code.)

Step #2. On your Mac, you need to open System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences in Mac OS X El Capitan

Step #3. Click on Security & Privacy.

Click on Security & Privacy in Mac System Preferences

Step #4. Under General tab check the box next to Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.

Click on Allow Your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac

Step #5. When asked, you have to enter your Mac’s password. You will see “Turning On” message on the screen.

Step #6. Up next, lock your Mac and try to wake it wearing your smartwatch.

You will see a message on the screen “Unlocking with Apple Watch.” That’s done! Your Mac has been unlocked successfully.

If you try to unlock your Mac without wearing your Apple Watch, password screen will appear as usual.

If you use a desktop Mac, Auto Unlock will be invoked just by waking the machine.

You will need to press the Cancel button to invoke Auto Unlock if the Mac is already awake.

I hope you have liked Auto Unlock feature of the latest macOS.

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