Password requirements on your Mac can secure your information, but it can be annoying to enter that password every time you wake your computer. Here’s how Apple Watch can simplify that process without compromising your security.
Sometimes it can be difficult to strike a balance between security and convenience. Setting up a password requirement on your Mac can be an essential tool for protecting and securing your information, but it can also be a hassle to enter that password every time your computer is awakened.
If you’ve resisted requiring a password on your Mac after it wakes up or comes out of the screen saver, an Apple Watch can make authentication much easier. In previous versions of macOS, just wearing an unlocked Apple Watch is enough to enter your Mac’s password, but in Catalina, the Apple Watch can also enter your password when prompted by apps.
First, make sure your Apple Watch has a passcode (in Watch > Passcode), is on your wrist, and is unlocked. Then, in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General, select “Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac.” From then on, most times your Mac or an app wants your password, your Apple Watch will provide it automatically. Please note that this feature requires that the Mac dates from mid-2013 or later, that all devices use the same iCloud account, and that the Apple ID uses two-factor authentication instead of two-step verification.