Unlock your Mac with the Apple Watch: accessibility feature

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Typing the password to unlock your computer can be challenging for many students, especially students who have motor issues and/or are visually impaired. If you have a Mac and an Apple Watch, you can instantly unlock your computer - without typing a password!

How to set up Auto Unlock

  • Make sure that your Apple ID is using two-factor authentication instead of two-step verfication
  • Mac Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is turned on.
  • Mac and Apple Watch are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
  • Apple Watch is using a passcode.
  • Mac is NOT using Internet Sharing.
  • Mac has "Allow your Apple Watch to unlock you Mac"

Apple Menu > System Preference > Security & Privacy > General Tab then check "Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac"

  • Type in the Mac password.

The video below demonstrates how to set auto unlock.

Steve Aquino shares how the auto unlock accessibility feature is beneficial to him as a low vision user with CP, in his blog, How auto unlock makes the Mac more accessible.