How to Unlock Your Mac with Your Apple Watch

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If you have an Apple Watch and a Mac, there are a few cool but hidden tricks you might not know you can do with the two devices together. One of those cool things is the ability to unlock your Mac or MacBook with the Apple Watch. This can be super useful if you're busy while someone wants to use your computer, plus you avoid being forced to tell them your password or type it out in front of them. Here's how to unlock your Mac with Apple Watch.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Learn a hidden way to quickly unlock your Mac from your Apple Watch.
  • Quickly unlock your Mac for someone else while you're busy or standing at a distance.
  • Avoid giving someone your Mac password, bypassing it via your Apple Watch.

Unlocking Mac with Apple Watch

While you may worry that this will create a way for people to get into your Mac, do be aware that your Apple Watch needs to be unlocked, meaning they would need your Apple Watch password first before they could get into your Mac. In many ways, this way is a safe and secure way to allow people access to your computer without directly giving them the password or typing it in front of them. If you like hidden tips about using your Apple devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

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How to Open Your Mac with the Apple Watch

  1. On your Mac, open System Settings.

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  2. Click Touch ID & Password.

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  3. Toggle on your Apple Watch. It may take a moment to enable. 

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  4. Now, to practice, lock your Mac.

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  5. Then, when you go to unlock it, you will feel your Apple Watch vibrate and get a message that says that your Apple Watch opened the Mac.

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And that's how you do it! I love how simple this feature is to set up, and I love not having to type my password in front of my friends or family when they want to use my computer.

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Author Details

Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.