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How to Unlock Mac Using Apple Watch or Android Wear Device

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Typing your long, strong (or so you think) password every time on your Mac can be quite annoying. We hate to admit it, but passwords are a necessary evil. With so many digital accounts that each of us have, remembering passwords has become more of an IQ test  the more passwords you are able to remember, the smarter you are! Add to this those password framing specifications and it’s enough to drive any sane person insane! Not to work Tech Habor has the solution.

This post covers the best available apps which will help you to unlock Mac using Apple Watch or Android Wear.

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How to Unlock Mac Using Apple Watch

Knock 2.0

Knock  is designed to take full advantage of Apple Watch while making unlocking more secure and reliable. Touch ID will ask for your fingerprint when you put on your Apple Watch. Once this is done, you can unlock your Mac from your wrist with just a tap  no Touch ID is required.

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Tether

This one works on Bluetooth Low Energy. As the Tether website says, the tether will lock your Mac when you’re not there and spring it back to life when you return. It’s that simple! All you need to do is to walk up to your Mac and voila  your Mac gets unlocked using the Tether app installed on Apple Watch. The Tether will automatically unlock Mac when you approach.Tether is free for both Apple Watch and Mac on App Store.

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MacID

Just like MacID for iOS, MacID for Apple Watch allows you to lock and unlock Macs, control Spotify & iTunes. You can do all this using your wrist.

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NearLock

This one is similar to Tether. It doesn’t use TouchID or a physical knock to unlock, but relies on proximity to automatically unlock and lock. NearLock is initially free for you to try out, but you have to pay $3.99 for Pro Mode. NearLock also uses Bluetooth Low Energy connection’s signal strength to determine proximity.

 

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Unlock Mac using Android Wear

Umwelt

Most of the android smartphones do not have Bluetooth Low Energy support as of now. This appears  to be the only Android Wear based solution for unlocking your Mac. This app is a German app and Umwelt means environment

 

Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments section. You can also share the funny experiences you have had with those long, annoying, boring (or interesting?) passwords.

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