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How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

  • You can unlock your Mac using an Apple Watch.
  • That means you won't need to type in a password.
  • We'll show you how to set it up in this guide.
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If you own an Apple Watch, you can unlock your Mac without having to type in a password.

Just sit down at your computer and, boom, it'll unlock itself.

It's a feature Apple has been offering nearly a year, but it's one that I hadn't ever used. I recently picked up one of Apple's new MacBooks, however, and instantly fell in love with the option. It's super easy to set up yourself.

Here's how.

Tap the Apple Logo at the top-right of your screen and select "System Preferences." Then tap the Security & Privacy icon

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Check the box that says "Allow your Watch to unlock your Mac"

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Enter your computer's password

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That's all there is to it!

Now, when your Mac is locked and you're nearby running watchOS 3 or newer (you almost certainly are if you've updated your Apple Watch in the last year), the watch will unlock your Mac for you.