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How to quickly unlock a Macbook using Apple Watch and iPhone

 

If there are smart watch is Apple Watch , you can use it to unlock your Mac  your way quickly and easily. Apple added a feature to the Watch that allows you to unlock your Mac without entering a password. Simply bring your Apple Watch close to your Mac and your Mac will let you use it.


First you need to set up this feature on your Mac. Also, there are certain requirements that your device must meet before you can unlock your Mac using your Apple Watch.

Required to unlock Mac using Apple Watch

Your device must meet both software and hardware requirements to be used for the unlocking process.

1. Supported Mac & Apple Watch models

You must have one of the following Macs and Apple Watches:

  • Mac mid-2013 or later.
  • Apple Watch 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.

There's a simple way to see if your Mac supports automatic unlocking:

Step 1. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen and select About This Mac  .

see if your Mac supports automatic unlock

Step 2. When you are in the Overvie tab  , click the System Report button  .

About this Mac

Step 3. Expand the Network menu   on the left sidebar and select  Wi-Fi .

Step 4. On the right pane, see what is next to  Auto Unlock . If it shows Supported  , it means you can unlock your Mac using your Apple Watch.

see the content next to Auto Unlock

2. Supported operating system versions

Both your Apple Watch and Mac must be running the following versions of the operating system to use the unlock feature.

  • If Apple Watch 0, 1, 2, or 3, you must be running  watchOS 3 or higher. If it's an Apple Watch 4 or 5, it must be running  watchOS 4  or later.
  • Your Mac must be running  macOS Sierra or later.

3. Two-factor authentication for your iCloud account

Apple requires that you turn on two-factor authentication in your iCloud account  before you can use your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac. You can do this on your Mac as follows.

Step 1. Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner and select  System Preferences .

Two-factor authentication for your iCloud account

Step 2. Select  iCloud  on the next screen.

Use Apple Watch to unlock your Mac

Step 3. Click  Account Details to view your iCloud account options.

See your iCloud account preferences

Step 4. Select the tab  Security (security) then enable authentication options to two factors.

Turn on the two-factor authentication option

4. Use the same iCloud account

Make sure both your Mac and Apple Watch use the same iCloud account . If not, sign in with the same Apple ID on both devices.

5. Use passcode on both your Mac and Apple Watch

You must turn on the passcode option on your Apple Watch. On a Mac, you must use a login password for your account.

6. Turn on Bluetooth & WiFi on your Mac

Unlocking your Mac with an Apple Watch requires you to have both Bluetooth and WiFi turned on on your Mac.

Step 1. To turn on WiFi, click the WiFi icon in the menu bar of your Mac and select  Turn Wi-Fi On .

Turn on WiFi on Mac

Step 2. To turn on Bluetooth, click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and select T urn Bluetooth On .

turn on Bluetooth on Mac

7. Unlock your Apple Watch

To unlock your Mac using an Apple Watch, your Watch must be unlocked while you're wearing it on your wrist.

How to unlock your Mac using Apple Watch

You need to have automatic unlock enabled on your Mac to be able to unlock it with your Apple Watch.

Step 1. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen and select  System Preferences .

Step 2. Select the option that says  Security & Privacy on the next screen.

Select the option that says Security & Privacy.

Step 3. You should see an option that says  Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac ( Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac ). Enable this option.

nội dung Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac

Step 4. Now you can bring your Apple Watch closer to your Mac to unlock it.

If your Mac can't unlock with Apple Watch

If you're having trouble unlocking your Mac using your Apple Watch, here's how to fix it:

Turn off the unlock option and reboot the Mac

Step 1. Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner and select  System Preferences .

Step 2. Select  Security & Privacy .

Turn off the unlock option and reboot the Mac

Bước 3. Tắt tùy chọn Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac.

Tắt tùy chọn Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac

Step 4. Click the Apple logo at the top and select  Restart .

Click the Apple logo at the top and select Restart

Step 5. Repeat the above steps and enable the option Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac .

Turn off screen & Internet sharing

Step 1. Click the Apple logo, then click  System Preferences  at the top of the screen => select Sharing .

Turn off Internet & screen sharing in Macbook

Step 2. Uncheck the Screen Sharing and  Internet Sharing boxes .

Uncheck the Screen Sharing and Internet Sharing boxes

How to unlock your Mac using an iPhone

If you don't have an Apple Watch, you can also use your iPhone to unlock your Mac. There are a number of third-party apps that allow you to pair both your Mac and iPhone together.

Near Lock is one of the apps that allows you to unlock your Mac using your iPhone. This is a free app, but using certain features requires you to upgrade to the paid pro version.

Step 1. Install the Near Lock app on both your  iPhone  and  Mac  .

Step 2. Launch the app on both your iPhone and Mac.

Step 3. In the main interface on the Mac, click the Add New Device button  .

Install the Near Lock app

Step 4. Click  Accept on the Mac app to connect to your iPhone.

How to unlock your Mac using an iPhone

Step 5. Enter your Mac's username and password on your iPhone. Then touch  Connect .

Enter your Mac's username and password on your iPhone

Step 6. iPhone will notice  Connection successful once it is connected to your Mac. Click the Continue button  .

The iPhone connected successfully to the Mac

Step 7. To lock your Mac, press and hold the Mac icon in the app on your iPhone. Do the same when you want to unlock your Mac.

lock your Mac using your iPhone

Step 8. Tap the settings icon in the iPhone app to see the various settings you can modify for the feature.

Modified for locking Mac by iPhone

If you want to remove the Mac unlock feature from your iPhone, click the Unpair Devices button   in the Near Lock app  on your Mac.

remove the Mac unlock feature from iPhone

Conclusion

How do you unlock your Mac every day? Did you use the traditional password method or did you switch to an Apple Watch or iPhone to unlock your device? Let me and everyone know your opinion by commenting below!

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