My Apple Watch no longer unlocks my Mac

MadDoc

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Apr 25, 2005
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I think this happened after an automatic update to macOS and couple of weeks ago. I'm running macOS 10.13.4 on a 2017 15" MacBook Pro and my Apple Watch 3 is running watchOS 4.3 (15T212). Everything used to work perfectly but now the watch won't unlock the Mac.

If I go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy the "Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac" option is not checked. If I check it, I get prompted to enter my account password (which I do). I then get the following message dialog:





When I go to the Apple Watch app on my iPhone and tap my watch's name I can see the "Find my Apple Watch" option which is working. Also if I log into iCloud in a browser I can find the watch so I know it's signed in.

I have tried unpairing the watch, restoring it from a backup and setting it up as a new watch but it stubbornly refuses to let me unlock my Mac. This is driving me nuts!

Does anyone have a solution?

Thanks
 

MEJHarrison

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Feb 2, 2009
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I'll have to try this. My watch stopped signing my into my iMac a couple weeks back. It unlocks my laptop just fine. But it stopped completely on my iMac.
 

crjackson2134

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Mar 6, 2013
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My Mac can’t even find my watch on the same network. It’s like it’s invisible. I’d love to try this feature.

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