No "auto unlock with Apple Watch" option

oftheheavens

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So I got everything running the latest betas, set up the 2 step verification, but there is no check box option in security and privacy to allow my watch to unlock my late 2013 iMac. I have verified that my watch, phone and iPad are all trusted devices and they show up in my apple account but still, no option to use my watch to unlock my iMac. Any ideas?
 

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So I got everything running the latest betas, set up the 2 step verification, but there is no check box option in security and privacy to allow my watch to unlock my late 2013 iMac. I have verified that my watch, phone and iPad are all trusted devices and they show up in my apple account but still, no option to use my watch to unlock my iMac. Any ideas?
You shouldn't have two-step verification.

You need two-factor authentication.

They are not the same thing.

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Lotti

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You shouldn't have two-step verification.

You need two-factor authentication.

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Thanks for those instructions, didn't work however.

Wierd thing is initially I had the checkbox and tried enabling it a few times. Once I'd migrated to two-factor auth (from two-step) it seemed to disappear and now I can't get it back.

Hmmm.
 

oftheheavens

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You shouldn't have two-step verification.

You need two-factor authentication.

They are not the same thing.

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Awesome, I had the wrong 2 step (good thing I'm not in Texas!)

Thanks for your help
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You shouldn't have two-step verification.

You need two-factor authentication.

They are not the same thing.

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Well got all this crap set up and the box checked but it still requires my password to wake from sleep. Doesn't even recognize that I have my watch on
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Thanks for those instructions, didn't work however.

Wierd thing is initially I had the checkbox and tried enabling it a few times. Once I'd migrated to two-factor auth (from two-step) it seemed to disappear and now I can't get it back.

Hmmm.
I got the check box now, but it doesn't unlock using my watch... Still asks for password
 

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As well as the instructions I posted earlier, I suggest you also look at this youtube video:

 

oftheheavens

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As well as the instructions I posted earlier, I suggest you also look at this youtube video:

Watched twice. I also just restarted my watch and when it came back up I had lost my watch face. Thinking I may have just needed to restart my watch after upgrading to beta 2. Gonna give it another try now and report back once more before giving up and going to bed.
 

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I have an early 2013 MacBook Pro and I don't even see the option. I'm going to be really irritated if they restrict this to the mid 2013 models and forward. There is no reason why this function couldn't have worked on all of the Retina models.
 
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Well put it to sleep and it still came back up with wanting a password. I guess I will chalk it up to beta issues and move on...
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I have an early 2013 MacBook Pro and I don't even see the option. I'm going to be really irritated if they restrict this to the mid 2013 models and forward. There is no reason why this function couldn't have worked on all of the Retina models.
Make sure you have the correct two step thingy-ma-jig. I used the wrong one at first and after following the instructions above the box showed up. Still doesn't work but at least the box is there.
 

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Well put it to sleep and it still came back up with wanting a password. I guess I will chalk it up to beta issues and move on...
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Make sure you have the correct two step thingy-ma-jig. I used the wrong one at first and after following the instructions above the box showed up. Still doesn't work but at least the box is there.
I made sure to have two factor authentication on but no avail. I think I know Apple well enough by now to see the handwriting on the wall *sigh*
 

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Well put it to sleep and it still came back up with wanting a password. I guess I will chalk it up to beta issues and move on...
Same thing here.

Mac keeps asking for password, but it does search to the Watch. Have restarted my iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch a few times already. Very strange, as it should be able to work considering the video from 9to5Mac.
 

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Same thing here.

Mac keeps asking for password, but it does search to the Watch. Have restarted my iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch a few times already. Very strange, as it should be able to work considering the video from 9to5Mac.
Not only that, but every time I restart my watch trying to get it to work with the computer, my watch face changes lol. Oh well I know we are rollin betas so not upset just frustrated it works with some and not with others.
 

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My Late (and by late I mean December) 2012 iMac doesn't support this feature and there is no technical reason why it can't. It has bluetooth 4.0.

This is complete BS.
Someone said in another thread it worked on their 2012 rMBP. I'm hoping that is true. Otherwise we'll have to wait for a hack.
 

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I've just been at Apple Developer Forums and read that someone got it working after doing a clean install of macOS. Might be the best possible workaround at this point. I'm thinking about doing this, unfortunately it's so much hassle for just one feature...
 
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I've just been at Apple Developer Forums and read that someone got it working after doing a clean install of macOS. Might be the best possible workaround at this point. I'm thinking about doing just, unfortunately it's so much hassle for just one feature...
Agreed. Can't be bothered with this.. would be useful for me however.
 
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It showed up for me, failed to enable them disappeared :(

It's now returned and is working. Not exactly sure what changed but I went through the steps provided in the screenshot at the start of the thread (checking iCloud settings on Mac, iPhone and iPhone watch app) all were already correct but the tick box appeared after I went through them all.
 

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I've just been at Apple Developer Forums and read that someone got it working after doing a clean install of macOS. Might be the best possible workaround at this point. I'm thinking about doing this, unfortunately it's so much hassle for just one feature...
Today may be the only day I'll have plenty of time to do this. I don't see it taking over an hour but just for S&G's I'll time it and post back later.
 

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Can't get mine to work either. TFA is turned on on watch, 6s and 2015 MBP Retina.

All updated. I see the turn on feature in the security pane.

Nothing happens when I come out of sleep on the MBP.
 
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So this is what I'm seeing when trying to enable Auto Unlock, not sure if anyone else had this?? Anyway, I'm not getting any code to see on my watch... But the window does go away after 10 seconds or so.

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Excuse me for the language by the way, it is Dutch. Basically says:

"Link request from: Apple Watch of Tom

Enter passcode that is displayed on the external Bluetooth device."

Again, not receiving any code. Even more strange, earlier today after doing this it didn't do anything. But then, after a minute or two a new window showed up out of nowhere with a code. This is just really weird. Hope that there'll be a quick fix or Apple at least releases a new beta next week or so... xD

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EDIT: So guys, I finally got it working! Had to sign out of iCloud and then log back in.

Made a short video:

 
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oftheheavens

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So this is what I'm seeing when trying to enable Auto Unlock, not sure if anyone else had this?? Anyway, I'm not getting any code to see on my watch... But the window does go away after 10 seconds or so.

View attachment 639190

Excuse me for the language by the way, it is Dutch. Basically says:

"Link request from: Apple Watch of Tom

Enter passcode that is displayed on the external Bluetooth device."

Again, not receiving any code. Even more strange, earlier today after doing this it didn't do anything. But then, after a minute or two a new window showed up out of nowhere with a code. This is just really weird. Hope that there'll be a quick fix or Apple at least releases a new beta next week or so... xD

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EDIT: So guys, I finally got it working! Had to sign out of iCloud and then log back in.

Made a short video:

Glad you got it working and thanks for posting the video for all of us. I have tried logging in and out of iCloud to no prevail. I have all but given up on this working until next beta. Beta 2 on the watch isn't behaving very well anyways.

EDIT: wow after actually watching the video it works rather fast and makes me really want mine to work... I am flying out for work tomorrow morning though and simply don't have time to try and do a full fresh install of Sierra. Maybe I need to unpaid and repair my watch... /frustrated
 

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