Inconsistent unlocking of MacBook

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by bbates123, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. bbates123 macrumors 6502

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    My watch unlocks my Mac most of the time but not all of the time and I haven't found any consistent pattern to why it works sometimes and other times not. I'm running the latest Mac OS and Watch OS. Has anybody gotten their unlocking to work consistently all of the time?
     
  2. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    The only times I have noticed mine doesn't work, is when I take the watch off the charger and forget to unlock the watch, or right after a power on or reboot.
     
  3. chabig macrumors 68040

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    The watch and the MacBook also have to be on the same wireless network. Sometime when I take my MacBook Pro out into the world it's not connected to wifi. The Watch won't unlock it in those cases.
     
  4. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    Thanks! THat's a good tip to know.
     
  5. profmatt macrumors 65816

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    My watch is great at unlocking my MBP but less good with my iMac -- if the iMac has been asleep for a while, I usually have to wake it up, put it back to sleep, then wake it up again for the watch to unlock it. After that it's fine.
     
  6. bbates123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Watch and MBP are on the same wireless network. Like I said, it usually works but every once in a while I get the spinning wheel saying MacBook is being unlocked by my watch then after a few seconds I get the prompt for the password. Then if I later close the lid and come back in a few minutes it unlocks just fine. It seems pretty random. I would say 80% of the time it unlocks just fine, 20% I get the spinning wheel then I have to unlock it manually.
     
  7. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like its timing out for some reason. Not sure why that would be though.
     
  8. japanime macrumors 68000

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    Same experience here. About 20 percent of the time, I'll get the spinning wheel and the watch will fail to unlock my Macbook.
     
  9. Skika macrumors 68030

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    Id say mine unlocks it 9 out of 10 times.
     
  10. Sital macrumors 68000

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    Mine unlocked more often than not, but the times it wouldn't was enough for me to turn this feature off.
     
  11. bbates123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I really hope Apples comes out with a non touchbar MacBook in 2017 that includes Touch ID, then I'd just use that all the time. I doubt that will happen tough.
     
  12. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    I had the first incident of failing to unlock, in the past two weeks, last night. It is really very infrequent when it fails to work, between heavy use of both a MBP and an iMac.

    I wonder why it seems to work well for some and not for others?
     

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