How to Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch

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  1. shareef777 macrumors 68020

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    Good for you. You keep on enjoying that kool-aid.
     
  2. aguyhasnoname macrumors member

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    Please let us know if you get it working :) I have an early 2013 15" MBP as well.
     
  3. doelcm82 macrumors 68040

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    The historical brand that gave rise to that catch-phrase wasn't kool-aid. You're just parroting that line because everyone else makes the same mistake.
     
  4. AbSoluTc macrumors 601

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    I believe this is the key. If you had 2 step on with an AW already paired to your phone and then changed over to 2 factor, I think it breaks something between the two and you have to un pair and repair it to make the new 2 factor connection. Otherwise, nada.
     
  5. shareef777 macrumors 68020

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    lol, does anyone actually believe it's in reference to the actual kool-aid drink?
     
  6. doelcm82 macrumors 68040

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    Maybe not, but it's ironic that people blindly follow others in using the wrong brand when trying to call someone else out for being blind followers (usually because that person doesn't agree with them).
     
  7. 3square macrumors regular

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    holy **** man. you're still on this?
     
  8. shareef777 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, trying to kill time till the new MacBookPros are released lol.
     
  9. sshambles macrumors 6502a

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    After previously having 2-step verification on, changing it to 2-factor verification only worked to allow the Apple Watch unlock to happen once I'd unpaired and re-paired my Apple Watch to my iPhone again. Prior to that I'd signed out of iCloud on the MacBook, which didn't do it. So anyone stuck the unpair to re-pair did the trick.
     
  10. magbarn, Sep 21, 2016
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    magbarn macrumors 68000

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    Got it working on my 'hacked' 2012 rMBP (I have a 2013 rMBP Airport Wireless AC card installed) Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 8.20.56 PM.png
     
  11. martinorob, Sep 22, 2016
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    martinorob macrumors newbie

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    hi @magbarn ! Which Card do you use on MBP 2012 now?
    Thanks
     
  12. GadgetBen macrumors 6502a

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    Any solution to stop getting the notifications on your Watch every time you unlock your Mac?
     
  13. testcard macrumors 68040

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    I don't find the notification to be a major issue. After one wrist raise it disappears - no need to dismiss.
     
  14. convergent macrumors 68030

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    Well this sucks, both of my Macs don't support it. Argh. Fully into the Mac ecosystem - Mac, MacBook, iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and CarPlay... and no fun for me because my Mac is a few months too old. Very disappointing.
     
  15. fa.ce macrumors 6502

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    Late iMac 2012 doesn't appear the unlock with Apple Watch option in preference panel.
    What a pity ... :(
     
  16. magbarn, Sep 22, 2016
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    magbarn macrumors 68000

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    Look up BCM94360CSAX at amazon or your favorite auction site. Read ifixit guides, be gentle with the little antenna wires, and get good quality screwdrivers

    EDIT: OOPS! I didn't catch you had a regular MBP and not a rMBP. Sorry, the MBP use a totally different form factor. Some enterprising individuals have tried to make an adapter so you can sue rMBP wireless cards in a regular MBP, but I don't think they were successful. Sorry!
     
  17. tmoney468 macrumors 6502a

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    I tried to set this up, I had it working prior to the last GM version of Sierra, now I can't set it up. The option to unlock with your apple watch magically disappeared from settings, too!

    Any ideas?
     

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  18. jeffremiller macrumors newbie

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    Would "modifying" the About information make the option appear?
     
  19. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, I must try. I have a late 2012 MBP and would love to have this feature if the card will work for a non-rMBP. There must be something on the BLE chip itself that will allow it to listen while the computer is sleeping ,I can't think of any other reason a BLE MBP would not work otherwise.

    --- Post Merged, Sep 22, 2016 ---
    Nevermind, the connector is completely different, dang.

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    What is special about the auto unlock feature with the watch / iPhone? Hardware wise if I have BLE why wouldn't it work? I am just curious what the 2013- limit is from. Here is my Bluetooth info, it supports handoff and stuff, just not the auto unlock:

    Bluetooth Low Energy Supported: Yes

    Handoff Supported: Yes

    Instant Hot Spot Supported: Yes

    Manufacturer: Broadcom

    Transport: USB

    Chipset: 20702A3

    Firmware Version: v154 c5903

    Bluetooth Power: On

    Discoverable: Off

    Connectable: Yes

    Auto Seek Pointing: On

    Remote wake: On

    Vendor ID: 0x05AC

    Product ID: 0x821D

    HCI Version: 4.0 (0x6)

    HCI Revision: 0x170F

    LMP Version: 4.0 (0x6)

    LMP Subversion: 0x229A

    Device Type (Major): Computer

    Device Type (Complete): Mac Portable

    Composite Class Of Device: 0x38010C

    Device Class (Major): 0x01

    Device Class (Minor): 0x03

    Service Class: 0x1C0

    Auto Seek Keyboard: On
     
  20. co.ag.2005 macrumors 68020

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    This was my most anticipated feature of macOS Sierra, and just found out it'll only work on 2013 or newer macs!?! both of mine are from late 2012... FFS...
     
  21. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    Using my MBr on macOS Sierra, iPhone 7 on 10.0, Apple Watch on watchOS 3.0, and iPad Pro 9.7" on iOS 10.0.

    I have two factor verification set up.

    I do not even see the "Unlock with Apple Watch" option in the general tab of the Security & Privacy section of system preferences.

    Anyone have any idea why?
     
  22. martinorob macrumors newbie

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    My fault! i have a rMBP late 2012! ;) Amazon order done! I will try!
     
  23. iKaushal macrumors 6502

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    It works as mentioned on my 12" MacBook.

    However I disabled the features, as it required me to have a passcode on watch and I dislike having a passcode on watch, as its a hindrance to quick use.

    Hopefully the future updates, will give an option to have it on watch without passccode.
     
  24. OllyW Moderator

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    It's not a big hindrance, you only have to enter the passcode once when you first put your watch on.
     
  25. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    OOPS! please dis
    why don't you use your iPhone to unlock your watch? Works for me. I almost never have to put in the passcode. Considering Apple's recent security mindset I highly doubt they'll give you that feature as they even require you to do 2 step verification just to enable the watch unlock.
     

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