Apple Watch unlock Mac Setup Frustration

I own a first generation of Apple Watch and an end 2013 13 "MacBook Pro and last mac mini (i5). I went through the entire setup process to have my watch unlock my MacBook several times. (All along the) When I get to choose the button "Allow your Apple Watch unlock your Mac", it runs for awhile and then I get the "unable to contact Apple Watch" fast. It seems to be my watch because if I try and let the Apple Watch locked, she'll tell me to unlock, and then try again. Happens on MacBook Pro and mac mini in the same way.

I tried to research on this problem and we tried all authentication reset to two factors for an agreement again all settings and turn it on again.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!

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Hello pgirardi,

I appreciate that you try to unlock your two computers using your Apple Watch with watch OS 3.  The resources below provide the steps and requirements to do this.  I would just try it with a single computer until you have a job before trying the second computer.

Automatically unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

The first time you open a session after you turn on or restart your Mac, connect by entering your password manually. After that, Apple Watch connects to you.

Set up automatic unlock

Make sure your Apple Watch uses watch OS 3, and your Mac to mid-2013 or newer model uses macOS Sierra.
For more information, see system requirements of continuity.

Automatic unlocking

Automatic unlock works with these devices and operating systems:

watchOS 3 macOS Sierra
  • Apple Watch (1st generation)
  • Apple Watch series 1
  • Apple Watch series 2

  • MacBook (early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (late 2013 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (mid-2013 or newer)
  • Mac mini (late 2014 or newer)
  • iMac (late 2013 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (end of 2013 or later)

Make sure your Apple ID to use instead of the two-step verification two factor authentication. Learn more.

Make sure that your devices are configured as follows:

  • Your Mac has Bluetooth and Wi - Fi enabled.
  • Your Mac and Apple Watch are connected to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
    On your Mac, choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, and then click iCloud.
    On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then go to general > Apple ID.
  • Your Apple Watch uses a password.
    On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then type the access code.
  • Your Mac has "allow your Apple Watch unlock your Mac" selected in Security & Privacy preferences.
    Choose the Apple menu > System Preferences, click on Privacy & Security, then select the general tab.

pgirardi, if you are unable to unlock your main computer after trying these steps, then you will need to cancel the match your iPhone and Apple Watch and try again.

Cancel the match your iPhone and Apple Watch

Take care.

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