WatchOS 4.0.1 update Mac Auto Unlock

d.wang81

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So I just updated my watch earlier today and now I can’t seem to get it to unlock my Mac. Has anyone else installed the watchOS update and had the same issue unlocking their Mac?

Equipment/os
Series 3 lte / 4.0.1
2016 MacBook Pro touchbar / high sierra
 

d.wang81

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Sep 20, 2016
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Did you try to enable it again in System Preferences?
Yes, I have checked the box in settings > security and privacy. Before you ask. I have powered all devices on and off. Set up as new, restored from backup, checked iOS updated software.
 

haruhiko

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Sep 29, 2009
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That's weird. Since I only have the GPS version, I couldn't get the 4.0.1 update.. no way to verify it on my side.
 

d.wang81

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Sep 20, 2016
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Did you try to enable it again in System Preferences?
So like I asked before. Has anybody else installed the watchOS and had the same problem? Did you install it and have any issues unlocking your Mac?
 

ascender

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Dec 8, 2005
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I was hoping 4.0.1 might let me unlock my Mac as it doesn't work at the moment, not sure if its down to the Watch or High Sierra.
 

dschulian

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Apr 29, 2015
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Wasn't able to setup the unlock feature since updating to High Sierra. But since this is my working machine I don't have the time troubleshoot thousand things to get it working.. I thought, "it just works"... :p

Will use my passphrase until Apple fix this mess. Last time I signed off from iCloud on my MBP, everything ****ed up (duplicate contacts, etc....)
 

jakerichva

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Jul 12, 2008
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I don't have AW3, but my AW2 unlocks my MBP with HS just fine. When I did the update to OS4, I did have to reselect the option in System Preferences to allow the watch to unlock the Mac, but it's working fine now.
 

xraydoc

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Oct 9, 2005
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Just tested it. Apple Watch S3 LTE on 4.0.1 and a 2016 MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar on 10.13.0 (and iPhone 6S on 11.0.2).

Unlocked the Mac without issue.
 

dschulian

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Apr 29, 2015
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I don't have AW3, but my AW2 unlocks my MBP with HS just fine. When I did the update to OS4, I did have to reselect the option in System Preferences to allow the watch to unlock the Mac, but it's working fine now.
I tried that multiple times, with 2 different AW3s and restared all devices involved (iPhone, AW & MBP) multiple times. Everytime, it says something like "can't communicate with the device". (Not sure whats shown in english though, my system language is set to german ;))
 

Zxxv

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Nov 13, 2011
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Wasn't able to setup the unlock feature since updating to High Sierra. But since this is my working machine I don't have the time troubleshoot thousand things to get it working.. I thought, "it just works"... :p

Will use my passphrase until Apple fix this mess. Last time I signed off from iCloud on my MBP, everything ****ed up (duplicate contacts, etc....)
It did for me.
 

d.wang81

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Sep 20, 2016
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I tried that multiple times, with 2 different AW3s and restared all devices involved (iPhone, AW & MBP) multiple times. Everytime, it says something like "can't communicate with the device". (Not sure whats shown in english though, my system language is set to german ;))
This is similar to what I’m experiencing.
 

PDACPA

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Jul 16, 2008
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Macbook with Sierra v 10.12.6 and Apple Watch 3 LTE with 4.0.1 and when I go to System Settings on my Mac and select "Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac" I get the following message:

Update your Mac's Software to allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.
 

CobraPA

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Macbook with Sierra v 10.12.6 and Apple Watch 3 LTE with 4.0.1 and when I go to System Settings on my Mac and select "Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac" I get the following message:

Update your Mac's Software to allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.
Wow, so not compatible with the latest version of Sierra? :eek:
 

PDACPA

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Jul 16, 2008
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High Sierra is required to unlock your Mac with a series 3 Apple Watch.
You are correct. As soon as I upldated to High Sierra, my AW3 LTE unlocked my Macbook. Funny that my APP store does not prompt me with the update to High Sierra. I had to go find it.

Also required a "different" password for iCloud when it installed.
 
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WilliamG

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I'm also having issues with my Apple Watch S3 LTE with unlocking my 2014 5K iMac. It worked initially, and now it just doesn't work at all. When I move my mouse to wake up the Mac, I get a spinning loading symbol thingy for a few seconds, and then the password prompt.

No idea why. I had this happen a few days ago and a combination of reboots and checking/unchecking the option in System Preferences eventually prompted me for my system password and then it was working. But now, a few days later, back to not working again.

*EDIT*

Unchecked the option in System Prefs on my iMac, rebooted my S3 and rebooted my iMac. And now after re-checking the option, it now works again. Even says "Unlocking with Apple Watch" and it does a second later.

Weird, - clearly something funky going on with either High Sierra or High Sierra + Apple Watch.
 
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WilliamG

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Mar 29, 2008
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I'm also having issues with my Apple Watch S3 LTE with unlocking my 2014 5K iMac. It worked initially, and now it just doesn't work at all. When I move my mouse to wake up the Mac, I get a spinning loading symbol thingy for a few seconds, and then the password prompt.

No idea why. I had this happen a few days ago and a combination of reboots and checking/unchecking the option in System Preferences eventually prompted me for my system password and then it was working. But now, a few days later, back to not working again.

*EDIT*

Unchecked the option in System Prefs on my iMac, rebooted my S3 and rebooted my iMac. And now after re-checking the option, it now works again. Even says "Unlocking with Apple Watch" and it does a second later.

Weird, - clearly something funky going on with either High Sierra or High Sierra + Apple Watch.
Well, it worked from Saturday to Wednesday, and now isn't working anymore. Sigh...
 

Telp

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Feb 6, 2007
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Had this issue as well. Restarted both my computer and my watch (don't know if both were necessary) but that seemed to have done the trick and I haven't had any issues since.
 

dschulian

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Apr 29, 2015
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Germany
PSA:
I just updated my AW3 to watchOS 4.1, my MacBook to 10.13.1 and tried to enable the Auto Unlock:
Took a few seconds to activate and is working now like a charm, yay!