Auto Unlock: That’s all you need to automatically unlock your Mac with Apple Watch

Apple products always add functionality when they work with each other. An example of this is Auto Unlock, a feature that lets you unlock your Mac with Apple Watch automatically. This simple feature will save us a tremendous amount of time to unlock and authorize apps on our Mac with just a flick of the wrist.

Auto Unlock: Minimum System Requirements on Mac and Apple Watch

To use the automatic Mac unlock feature with Apple Watch, you must follow a series of requirements. Obviously, we will need specific hardware, because not all Apple equipment is compatible. They are as follows:

  • Any Mac model released since mid-2013.
  • Any Apple Watch, including the original 2015 model.
  • Have at least macOS Sierra installed on Mac and watchOS 3 on your watch (with iOS 10 on your iPhone, of course).

If you have any doubts about whether or not your Mac is compatible, you can easily check it by following these steps: go to your Mac’s apple menu> System Information> Wi-Fi. There you will see a section where it says  » Automatic unlockingThen you should see if it is compatible or not.

Finally, we’re going to have to have all of our devices with the same Apple ID. It will be their way of knowing that they have to work with each other. And, for security reasons, we’ll need to enable two-factor authentication. It is also necessary that your Apple Watch and your Mac have a password or lock code.

How to Enable Auto Unlock and Unlock Mac with Apple Watch

It is true that we are faced with some requirements. Most of them you should already have them activeSince these are safety measures that better protect your equipment. With all of that done, it’s time to turn on Auto Unlock on your Mac. For that, proceed as following:

  • See System Preferences on your Mac.
  • Click on Security and privacy, go to the General tab.
  • Enable the option that says “Use Apple Watch to unlock apps and Mac”.

There, your Mac should ask you for the computer administrator password to make the change. Enter it and you will have enabled automatic unlock on the Mac. You can now access your computer when it is locked with the password and you have the watch on your wrist, entering it without having to type it.

How and why to use the private Wi-Fi address in iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7

Of course, when you turn on the computer for the first time, you need to grab it for security. In addition, you can also confirm administrator access to certain macOS features, such as Safari passwords. A feature that will save us the effort of writing passwords without giving up the security they provide.