How do I get my Apple Watch to unlock my laptop?

Answered by Tom Adger

To get your Apple Watch to unlock your laptop, you need to follow these steps:

1. Open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.

2. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.” This will open a new window with various settings for your Mac.

3. In the System Preferences window, you will see a grid of options. Look for and click on the “Security & Privacy” icon. It is represented by a lock symbol.

4. Once you are in the Security & Privacy settings, click on the “General” tab at the top of the window. This tab allows you to configure general security and privacy settings for your Mac.

5. In the General tab, you will find an option that says “Use Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac.” Check the box next to this option to enable it.

6. If you have more than one Apple Watch paired with your Mac, you will see a list of your watches below the checkbox. Select the watches that you want to use to unlock your apps and Mac by checking the boxes next to their names.

7. Once you have selected the desired Apple Watch(es), close the System Preferences window. Your settings will be automatically saved.

Now, whenever you wake up your Mac from sleep or start it up, you will be able to unlock it simply by wearing your Apple Watch. This feature adds a layer of convenience and security, as your Mac will only unlock when your authenticated Apple Watch is in proximity.

It’s worth mentioning that this feature requires both your Apple Watch and Mac to be running the latest versions of their respective operating systems. Additionally, your Apple Watch needs to have a passcode enabled for this feature to work.

I personally find this feature incredibly useful, especially when I need to quickly access my Mac without typing in my password. It saves time and adds an extra level of security by ensuring that only I can unlock my Mac using my authenticated Apple Watch.

I hope this detailed explanation helps you in getting your Apple Watch to unlock your laptop. Enjoy the convenience and ease of use this feature brings!