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Question: "allow your apple watch to unlock your MAC" not showing up after turning off two step authentication

"Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac" disappeared after turning off two factor authentication. I have already turned Two-Factor Authentication back on, on all my Apple devices. What else can be causing "Allow your Apple Watch to unlock you MAC" to not reappear?

Apple Watch Series 2, iOS 11.2.6

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Mar 1, 2018 3:30 PM in response to darkknightii30 In response to darkknightii30

Hello darkknightii30,

Thank you for using Apple Support Communities!

I understand from your post that you do not have the option to ”Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac” after turning off two-factor authentication and turning it back on again. The following article has some additional information on when this feature will work:

How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch - Apple Support

Make sure that your devices are set up as follows. Auto Unlock works when:

  • Your Mac has Bluetooth turned on.
  • Your Mac has Wi-Fi turned on.
  • Your Mac and Apple Watch are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
    On your Mac, choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
    On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then go to General > Apple ID.
  • Your Apple Watch is using a passcode.
    On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap Passcode.
  • Your Mac isn't using Internet sharing or screen sharing.
  • Your Mac has ”Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac” selected in Security & Privacy preferences.
    Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then select the General tab.
Best Regards.

Mar 1, 2018 3:30 PM

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Mar 2, 2018 8:32 AM in response to jameson.h In response to jameson.h

Hi Jameson.h


Thank you for that but I had already looked at that before post lol. But I did get it to reappear again. Had to disconnect the apple watch, then repair it back to the iPhone. Now I am just having the issue of getting the macbook Pro to actually connect to the apple watch. Its still not picking up the Watch. Do you know what else it could be?

Mar 2, 2018 8:32 AM

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