macOS 10.12 Sierra beta 2 with Auto Unlock demonstration

By Peter Chubb - Jul 6, 2016

macOS 10.12 Sierra beta 2 is finally here and one of the most anticipated features is Auto Unlock. We have managed to come across a demonstration of this new feature, but first you might wish to know how to activate it.

All you need to do is go to System Preferences, then Security & Privacy, and then just tick the box where is says Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac. You might wonder why some of you will not see this, and that is because it’s only supported on Mac products 2013 or later.

If you do not have the latest version, which is macOS Sierra Developer Preview Seed 2, then you will not be able to run this feature. However, you will also need to have watchOS 3 beta 2 installed to your Apple Watch as well. Having said that, some developers have been able to get it working on the very first beta release of watchOS 3.

Unlock Mac with Apple Watch

Another thing that you need to remember is that you will need to have Two-Factor Authentication enabled in order for Auto Unlock to work, something that could get overlooked. The video that is embedded below thanks to 9to5Mac does make a point that people should not get mixid up between Two-Factor Authentication and Two-Step Authentication.

In the video demonstration that runs for just over 3 minutes you are shown 5 easy steps on how this much anticipated feature works; the fifth of which is the final and successful step where you should see the message, “Unlocking with Apple Watch.”

We do like the fact this only works while the device is being worn, and so if you remove your Apple Watch and try to unlock your 2013 Mac or newer, you will just be asked to unlock the Mac with a password instead.

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Also See: macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 2 release time for bugs

macOS 10.12 Sierra beta 2 with Auto Unlock demonstration