Written by Jimmy

3 ways my MacBook works with my Apple Watch

These days, I'm completely part of the Apple ecosystem, which offers a lot of convenient extras for me. For instance, my Apple Watch and MacBook interact in different ways to ensure my digital activities run smoothly. In this article I'll talk about 3 handy ways in which my MacBook works together with my Watch.

What do I need?

In order to be sure that all the methods described in this list work, I make sure I have the following things.

  • Apple Watch with WatchOS 3
  • Mid-2013 Apple MacBook or newer
  • Bluetooth and WiFi are turned on
  • MacBook and Apple Watch are using the same Apple ID

1. Unlocking my MacBook

Unlock Apple MacBook with Apple Watch

Pretty much any device these days asks me for my password if I want to use it. That's a great way to keep strangers from accessing your files, but it's not that great if you want quick access to your devices. Luckily, thanks to my Apple Watch, I don't have to enter a password when I get back behind my MacBook after a quick break. I press a button and my Apple MacBook unlocks automatically when my Apple Watch is near. I can turn this on in System Preferences → Security and Privacy → Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.

2. Control iTunes

Control iTunes with Apple Watch

On my way to work, I often use my Apple Watch to skip to a next song on my Apple iPhone. Once I get behind my MacBook, I continue listening to music. With the right settings, I can also use my Apple Watch for controlling iTunes on my Apple MacBook. I open the remote app on my Apple Watch, after which a similar icon appears in iTunes' task bar on my Apple MacBook. I enter the 4-digit code displayer on my Apple Watch on my Apple MacBook and I can now easily control my music from my wrist.

3. As a clicker in Keynote

Apple Watch as a clicker in Apple Keynote

The third way I use my Apple Watch requires Apple Keynote on both my MacBook and my iPhone. I turn on remote controls in the Keynote preferences on my iPhone and connect my iPhone. I then open Keynote on my iPhone and also switch on the remote function there. Before my presentation starts, I open the Keynote app on my Apple Watch, and easily click through the slides via my wrist.


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