Apple is about to release their official macOS Sierra. Do you what’s coming? One of my favorite feature: Auto Lock.
As a Mac and Apple Watch owner, you should be stoked to hear this. Auto Lock is going to change the way you unlock your Macbook.
With this functionality, users can quickly unlock their Mac using the Apple Watch. It was first introduced during the WWDC keynote. While the macOS public update isn’t out yet, many people have been using Auto Lock since watchOS 3 beta 2.
I’m just taking advantage of it earlier. Want to learn more? Keep reading.
How to enable Auto Unlock on Apple Watch
First of all, let’s see if you have setup Auto Unlock on your Apple Watch correctly.
- Make sure you have Passcode enabled on your watch running watchOS 3
- On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General, and look for Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.
- Click on the checkbox right next to it. If prompted, enter your Mac’s password.
To see if Auto Lock is working or not, close your Mac or log out and lift the screen back up.
If you see a message that says, “Unlocking with Apple Watch” and the lock screen turns into a regular Mac screen then everything is working as expected.
Auto Lock is not Working on Mac
When things gone wrong, you need to follow the steps below in order for Auto Unlock to work properly with macOS.
- Apple Watch needs to run watchOS 3 beta 2 or higher
- Your Mac needs to have macOS Sierra Developer Preview Seed 2 or later
- Enable Two-Factor Authentication or 2FC for your Apple ID (see this)
- Auto Unlock will not work if the Apple Watch is not on your wrist
- If your Mac is awake but on the lock screen, click Cancel to activate Auto Unlock
If everything above is in place, then Auto Lock should start working again or for the first time. I think this feature will go well for Apple Watch owners with a Macbook or desktop (iMac, for example).
Be sure to let us know what you think and if this article has helped you fix problems with Auto Unlock.