How to use Apple Watch to unlock Mac

If you have the Mac and Apple Watch, it is natural that they have the ability of pairing, and offering you approaching each other, so as the other abilities. Apple Watch can be used to unlock any of your Mac products such as MacBook, or iMac Pro.

The unlocking is easy once you have your Apple Watch paired to your device. Sometimes it can happen that your watch doesn’t unlock Mac’s products and you don’t know what to do. So, here are some tips on how to use Apple Watch to unlock Mac.

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First, you need to know how to pair the Apple Watch to Mac. When this is set, you can unlock Mac signing into the iCloud account and following the instructions. You can set the option to the automatic unlocking as well. So, as the Apple watch allows you approaching your Mac without typing any password, it also takes care of your privacy and keeps your devices safe.

As long as you have Mac not older than 7 years, you will be able to unlock it with your Apple Watch without typing any password. To do so, you have to be close to your Mac. In general, you should be sitting near the device or better say sit in front of it.

Setting the password

So, to unlock the Mac you need to have the same iCloud accounts signed in on both of the devices. Before using the unlocking option, you should have both of the devices locked with a passcode. If you haven’t set the passcode to your Apple Watch, go to the menu and find the Password heading. Click on it and create one. This is very easy to do.

About the Mac, creating the passcode is as easy as in Apple Watch. Go to the System Preferences and choose the User and Groups section. Your accounts will be shown on the screen. Choose the option for changing the password. Set the new password to use when logging to your Mac.


To set the options for unlocking, find the Security and Privacy option in the System Preferences. Now, you should have the option General opened. There you can find the option “Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac”. Select the option and confirm it by typing your Mac’s password.

And that should be it. You have set your Apple Watch to unlock the Mac when you get nearby.  Mac should be wakened from the sleep mode for unlocking in this way. The great thing about Apple Watch is that strictly you have to wear your watch to unlock the Mac, so no one else cannot unlock it.


It can happen that Apple Watch suddenly can’t unlock your Mac. This is why you have to check if devices are regularly updated. If you miss one update, it is very likely that watch will not unlock the Mac. Also, if the internet connection is interrupted or Bluetooth is turned off at any of the devices, the Apple Watch will not be able to unlock the Mac. So, before you get frustrated because this is not working, check if Bluetooth is turned on an internet connection established.

In some cases, you need to have both devices restarted, and then check if the settings in System Preferences are set as they need to be.

Mac’s health

If none of these solutions is not working for you, you should check if Mac got infected by viruses or malware. Regular checkups once a week will prevent this to happen, but if so, run any app that can detect and clean your Mac. Apple’s recommendation is to run CleanMyMac X. This app will detect all malicious applications and will keep your device safe and clean.