How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch running watchOS 8

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If you’re tired of re-entering your password every time you return to your Mac, you can use your Apple Watch to automatically unlock it when you’re nearby.

If you work at a job where you are expected to lock your Mac every time you step away from it, you may get frustrated with the number of times you have to enter your password each day. However, there is an easier option.

Assuming you own one, you can use your Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac whenever you’re physically near it.

Important: Both your Mac and your Apple Watch must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID, and your Apple Watch must use a password.

  1. On your Mac, click Apple menu at the top left of your screen
  2. click System preferences
  3. click Security and privacy
  4. Below General tab, select the check box next to it Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac
  5. Follow Apple’s instructions when prompted to enable the feature

As with Touch ID features, you still need to enter your password the first time you log in after turning on, restarting, or logging out of your Mac. But then your Apple Watch can automatically log you in.


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