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    Has anyone been able to get this to work consistently and if so what did you do? I would say 1 in 20 unlocks work with the pairing of the Apple Watch and My MBPr, but mostly it just shows the password entry window.
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    Unfortunately, I do not have a Mac running macOS to test it on. Hopefully, someone who does will reply soon...��
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    How do you set this up, Ive been wondering this?
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    Works fine for me.

    On reboots I get the password log in. All other times it unlocks with Apple watch.

    KBV1 - You have to go into Security and Privacy and choose unlock with Apple Watch. You must have 2FA turned on in your Apple ID.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Yester View Post
    Works fine for me.

    On reboots I get the password log in. All other times it unlocks with Apple watch.

    KBV1 - You have to go into Security and Privacy and choose unlock with Apple Watch. You must have 2FA turned on in your Apple ID.
    Thanks. I'll need to setup the 2FA on my account. Can this auto unlock be done with iPhones too?
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    Nope this is only with Apple Watch at this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Yester View Post
    Nope this is only with Apple Watch at this time.
    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by KBV1 View Post
    Thanks. I'll need to setup the 2FA on my account. Can this auto unlock be done with iPhones too?
    It would be cool to be able to use the TouchID on my iPhone to unlock my Mac but the Apple Watch method works pretty seamlessly to me. The first few betas were touch and go but the last few betas have worked much better. Keep in mind, you need to be running watchOS 3 and macOS Sierra to be able to unlock with your watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Yester View Post
    Works fine for me.

    On reboots I get the password log in. All other times it unlocks with Apple watch.

    KBV1 - You have to go into Security and Privacy and choose unlock with Apple Watch. You must have 2FA turned on in your Apple ID.
    Odd... It only works 10% of the time for me. I have tried turning it off and back on and still same success rate.
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    I'd like to try this out soon! I can't wait for my the new mbp's to arrive soon!
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    Same problems here. It doesn't work most of the time for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diggity View Post
    Same problems here. It doesn't work most of the time for me.
    I take back what I said. I rebooted the watch and now it works more often than not.
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    I can't have it working for me.... not even one time. All seem to be ok, but after 2/3 seconds my Mac prompts for the password. Frustrating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diggity View Post
    I take back what I said. I rebooted the watch and now it works more often than not.
    the reboot didn't work for me. Still asking the password after a couple seconds....
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    Without any apparent reason this morning it worked for me... I didn't change anything from yesterday
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    Quite strange: now the functionality works quite consistently on my MacBook ! I didn't change anything !
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    It's been very consistent for me too.
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    I finally got it to work with my MBP but still hoping that my iMac will catch up and work as well. Same scenario too. not sure what happened but after a couple of days of trying, I woke up and it just worked!
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    I had the inconsistency too. Rebooted every device (MacBook, iPhone and Watch) no change. When I switched off "Log Out after x minutes of inactivity" it worked consistently for me. Of course, it might have been a fluke...
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    Going to have to try this feature out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Yester View Post
    Works fine for me.

    On reboots I get the password log in. All other times it unlocks with Apple watch.

    KBV1 - You have to go into Security and Privacy and choose unlock with Apple Watch. You must have 2FA turned on in your Apple ID.
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    If it helps, I've made this small tuturial on how to configure unlock the Mac with  Watch:



    Hope it helps!
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    hopefully they will improve this feature. considering getting an apple watch would be cool to unlock my mac with my watch

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