Best 3rd Party Watch App to unlock Mac's?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by PCtoMAC1, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. PCtoMAC1 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2012 MacBook Pro, so it didn't meet the year cutoff for the Sierra unlock with the watch feature.

    Does anyone have any iOS apps to suggest that are easy to use?
     
  2. benthuss macrumors newbie

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  3. PCtoMAC1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! I have a non-retina model and I haven't been able to find one...
     
  4. Insleep macrumors member

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    MacID is fantastic for this, and it works really well -- I use it on a daily basis. Check it out here.
     
  5. PCtoMAC1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! Do you get a notification on the watch to unlock the Mac or does it use proximity and unlock it automatically?
     
  6. JSUDaniel macrumors member

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    I've been having an problem with MacID where I have to manually put the password in after the mac goes to sleep. Do you have this issue?
     
  7. Insleep macrumors member

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    You can choose from both, personally I use proximity.
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    Hmm, no, I haven't had this issue...maybe try reaching out to the help Twitter @MacIDHelp and explain your issue there, I'm guessing the dev will be able to help you out more than I can :)
     
  8. JSUDaniel macrumors member

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    Thanks!
     
  9. rwstgermain macrumors member

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    I havent seen where you can use the watch to unlock using proximity. Looks like you can only do proximity with the iphone. Watch only has a button to un-lock the screen.
     
  10. PCtoMAC1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So what keeps the developer off your computer if you are providing your password?
     
  11. Insleep macrumors member

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    If you take a look at the MacID "media" tab on the website, it does say that the password is encrypted and never leaves your Mac, and this is confirmable via the macOS Keychain Access app. I suppose if you still don't trust it, then don't use it, but it has thousands and thousands of installs and nothing bad has happened, and I don't believe anything will in terms of passwords.
     
  12. Hoosier317 macrumors 6502a

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    Unless I am mistaken....I haven't been able to find an app that will do this via the Apple Watch regardless of where my phone is. Example: I want my MacBook to automatically lock/unlock when I leave or return to my office to go to another room. I want to be able to leave my phone on my desk and simply have my watch be the trigger...not the phone.
     
  13. RecentlyConverted macrumors 6502

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    MacID is on sale today. Very cheap, and it was updated today as well.
     
  14. verdejt macrumors member

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    You still need to update your Bluetooth to low energy. That is why the cutoff on certain models. Models after 2012 had Bluetooth Low Energy standard.
     

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