How to ‘Auto Unlock’ your Mac with Apple Watch – CIO

Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Yesterday Apple released the latest version of its desktop OS, macOS Sierra v10.12. The new software features a number of noteworthy enhancements, such as voice-activated Siri commands, support for Apple Pay payments via the Safari browser, a polished Photos app, and many new iOS integrations.

But Apple Watch owners will be particularly interested in one new macOS authentication feature. The new “Auto Unlock” option lets you quickly unlock your Mac by simply wearing an unlocked Watch while in range of the laptop or desktop.

How to enable Auto Unlock in macOS Sierra

It’s easy to turn on Auto Unlock, though you have to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID if you haven’t already. Here is a set of simple steps to get Auto Unlock up and running.

  1. Open your “Spotlight Search” bar (the magnifying glass at the top-right of your Mac display), type “System Preferences,” and then hit “Enter” to open the preferences window.
  2. Choose “Security & Privacy” from the top row of settings icons, and on the “General” tab, check the box for “Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.”
  3. If you already use iCloud two-factor authentication, and you lock your Mac with a password, you’ll be prompted to enter that password to confirm the change. After, that you’re good to go. (See below for details on how to unlock you Mac with your Watch.) 

If you don’t already use two-factor authentication to secure your Apple ID, you need to enable the feature before you can use Auto Unlock.

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