This Is How Your Apple Watch Will Unlock Your Mac This Fall [Video]


Auto unlock

Auto Unlock with the Apple Watch was one of the highlighted features of macOS 10.12 Sierra during the WWDC keynote, but it still didn’t make it into the first beta of the desktop operating system. But now that the second beta is out, developers and 9to5Mac’s Jeff Benjamin have finally been able to test it.

Jeff quickly outlines the things you need to know to make this feature work. While the second beta of macOS Sierra is obvious, he was able to get Auto Unlock working with the first release of watchOS 3, despite Apple saying that you need watchOS 3 beta 2.

As he mentions in the video, you will need to have Two-Factor Authentication turned on for the Apple ID associated with the Mac and Watch. As for the rest: You’ll need to check the “Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac” in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General.

That’s about it. The rest is fun, as you can see in the video inserted below:


  • Jeff

    Anyone know what’s the earliest version of MacBook Pro this will work with? Or will it work with all versions that Sierra support?

  • Mario Gaucher

    I would like to know too…
    I have a MacBook Pro that doesn’t support handoff … so hopefully that doesn’t mean it won’t support unlocking with the Apple Watch.

  • Z S

    It requires Bluetooth 4.0 or newer.

    • The Mac mini and MacBook Air were both updated with Bluetooth 4.0 support in 2011.
    • The MacBook Pro and iMac added it a year later in 2012.
    • The Mac Pro languished without it until the new black model debuted in December 2013.

  • Z S

    Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure unlocking is going to require Bluetooth LE, which is only available to MacBook Pros with Bluetooth 4.0. That’d be a 2012 model or newer.