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Question: auto unlock with Apple Watch not working

when I try to 'check' the unlock Mac with watch option in sysprefs, keep getting message to 'login to iCloud on watch app on iPhone'. BUT I'm signed in to icloud on iPhone, and on Apple Watch and all my other devices.

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MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016), macOS High Sierra (10.13.4), Time Capsule 1 TB (1st Generation)

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Well, amazing, after some time (maybe 1 hour or thereabouts), I got a notification/popup if I want to use Watch to unlock my MBP. I happily :) clicked yes and SysPrefs opened, the check box 'to unlock with Watch' option got ticked and now Watch login/unlock is working fine!!??? I don't know what happened; maybe the steps I mentioned earlier did something to correct the error.

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Apr 20, 2018 10:14 AM in response to liquidmetalin In response to liquidmetalin

Do you have more than one Apple ID?


A simple check might be to see if your watch and other devices all appear together in the same Find My iPhone screen. That should help prove what is currently logged in.

Apr 20, 2018 10:14 AM

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Apr 20, 2018 10:42 AM in response to Branta_uk In response to Branta_uk

yes, they all appear in the same find my phone screen. I had also logged out of iCloud on iPhone (which auto logs out of watch as well), logged in again, restarted MBP, iPhone, Watch. As far as I recall, until 2 or 3 days ago, watch unlock was working fine. In the interim haven't installed or upgraded since I'm already on latest OS on all devices

10.13.4, 11.3, 4.3 resp.


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Apr 22, 2018 12:17 AM in response to liquidmetalin In response to liquidmetalin

Well, amazing, after some time (maybe 1 hour or thereabouts), I got a notification/popup if I want to use Watch to unlock my MBP. I happily :) clicked yes and SysPrefs opened, the check box 'to unlock with Watch' option got ticked and now Watch login/unlock is working fine!!??? I don't know what happened; maybe the steps I mentioned earlier did something to correct the error.

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