Automatically unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

While you’re wearing Apple Watch, your Mac computers can sense when you’re nearby and log you in automatically.

How to use Auto Unlock

Auto Unlock gives you instant access to your Mac computers when wearing your Apple Watch. Just wake up your Mac and you’re ready to go—without typing a password.

The first time you log in after you turn on, restart, or log out of your Mac, log in by entering your password manually. After that, Apple Watch logs in for you.

Auto Unlock works when you're wearing your unlocked watch and are very close to your Mac. If necessary, move your watch a little closer.

How to set up Auto Unlock

Make sure that your devices meet the system requirements for this feature:

Make sure that your Apple ID is using two-factor authentication instead of two-step verification.
Learn how to switch from two-step verification to two-factor authentication.

Make sure that your devices are set up as follows:

  • Your Mac has Bluetooth turned on.
  • Your Mac has Wi-Fi turned on.
  • Your Mac and Apple Watch are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
    On your Mac, choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
    On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then go to General > Apple ID.

  • Your Apple Watch is using a passcode.
    On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap Passcode.
  • Your Mac isn't using Internet Sharing.
  • Your Mac has ”Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac” selected in Security & Privacy preferences.
    Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then select the General tab.


If you're not sure whether your Mac supports Auto Unlock, hold down the Option key and choose Apple menu > System Information. Select Wi-Fi in the sidebar, then look for ”Auto Unlock: Supported” on the right:

System Information window

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