How to Use an Apple Watch to Unlock Your iPhone and Mac

How to Use an Apple Watch to Unlock Your iPhone and Mac – Sick of removing your face mask to unlock your iPhone? You don’t want to have to enter your password every time your Mac starts up? If you have an Apple Watch, you can circumvent these problems.

When you’re wearing a mask, Face ID won’t help you. You’re compelled to input a passcode or pull down your mask if you need to unlock your phone in a supermarket, department shop, or other public location. If you have a long and complex password to protect your Mac, it may be tough to remember or to type every time it enters Lock Mode.

If you have an Apple Watch, you can avoid similar issues with your iPhone and Mac by using Auto Unlock. When your smartwatch is in close proximity to your iPhone or Mac when they are in Lock Mode, this option instantly unlocks these devices. Auto Unlock only goes so far, though. (It’s not available on the iPad.) To pay for an item with Apple Pay on an iPhone, you must still enter your passcode. When you turn on or reboot your Mac, you’ll still be prompted to enter your password. Auto Unlock, on the other hand, can save you time and work in both situations. Here’s how to unlock your iPhone and Mac more quickly.

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To unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch while wearing a mask

You’ll need an iPhone with Face ID (iPhone X or later) and an Apple Watch 3 or later. You must also have iOS 14.5 or later installed. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to see if you need to update your software. You’ll either be told that iOS is up to date or asked to download and install the most recent version.

Next, check to see if your Apple Watch is running watchOS 7.4 or later. To find out, go to your iPhone’s Watch app. Go to Software Update under the General menu. Allow the most recent update to install if it is required. The update will not be applied unless your watch is connected to a charger.

Auto Lock should be enabled on your iPhone from this point on. Enter your passcode as verification by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Under Unlock Apple Watch, swipe down the screen and turn on the switch for your watch. The Auto Unlock option is explained in a notification that appears. Turn on the feature, and your Apple Watch will now unlock your iPhone.

Wear your Apple Watch unlocked on your wrist while wearing a mask. Simply tap the phone screen when it is locked to unlock it. Your Apple Watch should provide you haptic feedback and display a notification indicating your phone has been unlocked. To access your iPhone’s home screen, swipe up from the bottom. The Lock Phone button on your watch can then be used to relock your phone.

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If you wish to use Auto Unlock on your Mac, it must be a mid-2013 model or later, and it must be running macOS Sierra or higher. You must turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and you must not use internet or screen sharing.

By going to the Apple menu and selecting About This Mac, you can check your Mac’s compatibility. Select System Report > Network > Wi-Fi from the left-hand menu. In the right pane, look for a setting called Auto Unlock. You’re ready to go if it reads Supported.

Any Apple Watch running watchOS 3 or later can be used, however it must be password protected. Enable the unlock feature on your Mac by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General. Your Apple ID must be set to use two-factor authentication (not two-step verification) and both devices must be signed into iCloud with the same Apple ID. To enable the setting, select Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac from the drop-down menu, then enter your Mac password. Apple Watch may now be used to unlock your Mac.

Open the Lock Screen with your Apple Watch nearby the next time your Mac is locked. A click should be heard and felt on your Apple Watch after a few seconds. Your Apple Watch should also display a message indicating that your Mac has been unlocked. The desktop of your Mac should now appear.

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