New feature - Unlock macOS Sierra using Apple watch


This works on the new macOS Sierra only. Let’s see how it works :smile:


  • Your Mac running macOS Sierra beta 2 or later
  • Your Apple watch running watchOS 3 beta 2 or later
  • Both your Mac and apple watch must be linked to the same iCloud account
  • The Passcode must be enabled on the Apple Watch
  • Two-Step Verification on Mac must be enabled

How it works?

Step 1: Firstly, you need to turn on Two-Step Verification on your Mac
Access System Preferences → then Click on iCloudAccount Details → Select SecurityTurn On Two-factor Authentication.

Step 2: Set a passcode on your Apple watch
Open Watch app on your iPhone → select My Watch → Access PasscodeTurn Passcode On → Now, on your Apple Watch, just enter then re-enter a passcode.

Step 3: Set Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac

  • From the Apple Logo, access System Preferences

  • Choose Security & Privacy

  • Under General tab, make sure the “Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac” is checked.

  • You will be asked to confirm the change with your Mac’s password. You will see “Turning On” message on the screen.

Done! You now can lock your Mac and try wake wearing your smartwatch, you will see “Unlocking with Apple Watch” message on the screen.