How to enter passwords on Mac (and unlock the screen) by tapping the Apple Watch

The ability to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch has been around since watchOS 3. And you can still use this handy feature from within the reach of your Apple computer. However, with the release of watchOS 6 and macOS Catalina, new features are available for Mac and Apple Watch owners, including approving requests and viewing passwords.

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By double-clicking the side button on Apple smart watches, you can allow downloading applications, unlock settings in “System Preferences”, reveal passwords hidden in Safari, and more. Here’s how to approve requests and unlock passwords on Mac using your Apple Watch.

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System requirements

While we have already voiced these requirements when we talked about the ability to unlock a Mac using the Apple Watch, there are a few small differences for activating the request confirmation function. So:

Mac and Apple Watch must be signed in with the same Apple ID.

Apple ID account must be protected Two-factor authentication… Enable Two-factor authentication on iPhone along the way: Settings → Apple ID (your name) → Password and security

IOS iPhone two-factor authentication

IOS iPhone two-factor authentication

Apple Watch must be running watchOS 6 or later, Mac – macOS Catalina or later.

your Apple Watch must have a passcode enabled (Settings -> Code -> Include Code).

Your Apple Watch must have a passcode enabled.

Your Apple Watch must have a passcode enabled.

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How to enable password entry on Mac (and unlock the screen) on Apple Watch

If you already use Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac, then entering and viewing passwords in macOS is most likely already active. If not, just follow these steps:

1. Open on Mac “System settings”

2. Select a section “Protection and Security”

How to enable password entry on Mac (and unlock the screen) on Apple Watch

3. Go to the tab “Basic” and if necessary, click the unlock padlock icon in the lower left corner to be able to make changes.

4. Check the box next to “Use Apple Watch to unlock the app and your Mac”

How to enable password entry on Mac (and unlock the screen) on Apple Watch

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In which applications and how does entering passwords work on Mac by double-clicking the side button on Apple Watch

Now, after the above setup, in addition to unlocking your Mac when using the Apple Watch, you can quickly confirm requests (enter a password) in applications, as well as view hidden passwords in Safari.

The moment you need to enter a password in macOS, a vibration will appear on the Apple Watch and a corresponding image showing an application on a Mac that can be unlocked using an Apple Watch.

To unlock, you just need to double-press the side button of the Apple Watch.

How to enable password entry on Mac (and unlock the screen) on Apple Watch

This handy function can be used instead of:

  • entering passwords when making downloads to the Mac App Store.
  • entering the password when unlocking (opening the lock) in the system settings window.
  • Entering a password to unlock your notes in Notes.
  • enter a password to view passwords saved in the Safari browser.

How to enable password entry on Mac (and unlock the screen) on Apple Watch

How to enable password entry on Mac (and unlock the screen) on Apple Watch

How to enable password entry on Mac (and unlock the screen) on Apple Watch

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Completion

The fact that the Apple Watch can remotely unlock a Mac is a great feature. But this way of working with Apple Watch to confirm requests and view passwords makes them even better. Are you going to use this smartwatch feature? Tell us about your experience.

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