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How to 'Auto Unlock' your Mac with Apple Watch

Al Sacco | Sept. 22, 2016
A new feature in Apple's macOS Sierra lets you use your Apple Watch to easily unlock your Mac computer. However, the 'Auto Lock' feature won't work unless a set of security and authentication safeguards is also enabled.

How to use your Apple Watch to unlock a Mac

  1. Lock your Mac and walk out of range, into the next room or equivalent.

  2. Put on your Apple Watch and unlock it using your passcode. You won't be able to use Auto Unlock until you manually unlock your Watch. 
  3. When you return and wake your computer and tap a key to launch the login screen, you'll see "Unlocking with Apple Watch …" on-screen for a few seconds, then your Mac should unlock, and you are good to go. You'll also see an unlock confirmation alert on your Watch.

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