Any reason to have a passcode on the AW if not using Apple Pay or Unlocking iMac?

jaybar

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Hi

Is there reasons for having a passcode on my AW, beyond Apple Pay or unlocking iMac?

I woukd love to be able to unlock our iMac, but I have not been able to get it to work with multiple accounts and switching users. The only time it works is if I reboot the iMac and then stops working when my husband switches user.

Are there any compelling reasons for a passcode beyond these two features?

Thanks.
 

itsmemuffins

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Well if you take it off and walk away no one can use it. Also if someone snatches it off your wrist?
 

rojocrandall

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Anyone who got your unlocked watch would have access to all email, text messages, fitness and health information, contact information, and app data too. Other than that, it would be no big deal... :)
 
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BigMcGuire

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How interesting. I didn't even know you could use the apple watch without a passcode. I like the idea of it locking when I'm not near it because people could read my texts, answer my calls, etc... But very interesting. I also use the thing to unlock my MacBook, so I will keep the passcode on it.

But yeah, if I wasn't using it to unlock my Macbook like you, I'd probably turn it off like the rest here.
 

Significant1

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Why *not* use the passcode?

The Watch unlocks whenever your phone unlocks, if it’s on your wrist. I basically never type it in.

(Sometimes I just don’t understand these questions...)
I take my watch on and off several times a day, I don't want to bother with passcode or have my phone around. I don't have apple pay and don't see much risk in having i unprotected for my usage.
 

mrex

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why a pw? what happens on my watch, stays on my watch too and no one else has access to any info shared with my watch.
 

kohlson

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what happens on my watch, stays on my watch too
Does it?
I think the watch is configured to get texts, email, and other notifications. It may be configured to have Siri do any manner of things, just by asking. But perhaps you configured your AW to disable these features.
I'll admit, it's a long shot that not having a password on a watch won't be an issue. Kind of like backups.
 
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mrex

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Does it?
I think the watch is configured to get texts, email, and other notifications. It may be configured to have Siri do any manner of things, just by asking. But perhaps you configured your AW to disable these features.
I'll admit, it's a long shot that not having a password on a watch won't be an issue. Kind of like backups.

that was an answer why i and others have a password and people should use a password with their devices even if they arent worry about their own stuff, but they should realize that without a passwotd they make it possible someone else to see other people stuff (e.g. emails, messages...) which may be confidential.

when i know that there is a person who doesnt use a password to protect any data, i dont send anything to that person that i dont want everyone to see. i cant trust that the device is used only by the person or never be stolen for example.
 
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jaybar

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LOL. I can’t figure out how to edit the title. Thanks. Have a great day.
 

TommyBoy5

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I just wished it wasn't 6 digits or you could opt in for less. I can type in four digits quickly but believe it or not the 6 digits takes me at least twice as long.
 

pika2000

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I always use passcode on my devices if possible. It’s not about whether I use Apple Pay or not (I don’t), it’s about keeping honest people honest.
With an unlocked AW, someone can just grab it, reset it, and then claim it’s his/her, and there’s no immediate way for you to prove it otherwise. Living in a region where law enforcement is highly questionable and lacking, I rather safeguard my belongings well.
 
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TommyBoy5

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Figured out that because I have a work iPhone with a VPN they control the authentication method. A 6-pin or higher is required and therefore the option for simple passcode is greyed out for me.
 
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