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    Apple Watch Unlocks iMac?

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    Apple Watch Unlocks iMac?
    Which OS is required to allow a Series 5 to unlock an iMac?

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    Apple Watch Unlocks iMac?
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    You need a Mac that is post 2013 and running at least macOS Sierra. You'll also need a Watch later than Series 3 (you're covered here) running at least WatchOS 3.

    With those requirements met, here are the instructions on setting up this feature.
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    Apple Watch Unlocks iMac?

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    Followed the instructions and got this:

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    I followed the "Learn More" troubleshooting instructions too.

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    Also: macOS Sierra Version 10.12.6

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    Perhaps I need to update to Catalina?
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    Apple Watch Unlocks iMac?
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    So what operating system do you have on your Mac?

    That’s what the message is saying. In effect, you have to update, or more likely, upgrade your OS. As was mentioned by our Moderator in post #2.

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    Apple Watch Unlocks iMac?
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    I think you must also have both Bluetooth and Wifi enabled on the iMac for it to work. The  watch, iPhone and iMac are all interconnected to do the unlocking.
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    So what operating system do you have on your Mac?

    That’s what the message is saying. In effect, you have to update, or more likely, upgrade your OS. As was mentioned by our Moderator in post #2.

    Ian
    That's why I'm confused. I have the requirements Ashwin stated and yet it's not working.

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    Apple Watch Unlocks iMac?
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    Try rebooting the iMac and maybe a boot of the iPhone as well. I seem to recall even once having to reboot the  Watch as well.
    Jake

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    Apple Watch Unlocks iMac?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ekkojelly7 View Post
    That's why I'm confused. I have the requirements Ashwin stated and yet it's not working.
    Apple's website is a little confusing, but you need High Sierra. Here's the part relevant to you:


    • To use Auto Unlock with Apple Watch Series 3 or newer, your Mac needs macOS High Sierra or later.


    If you want to go further and approve admin actions with your watch also, you'll need to be on Catalina.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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