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How far can an Apple Watch unlock a MacOS MacBook from?We test this new remote unlock feature in MacOS and get a lot more range than we expected.
One of the cool things about Mac OS is that you can use your Apple watch to unlock your Mac once you get them all synched up, which actually takes awhile. So one of the number one how well that worked. I lock the screen, I have everything synched up here. I'm gonna go like this unlocking with Apple watch, I get a little ding that's okay but I wondered how far away you can actually go. So I'm gonna go and lock the screen again. And I'm gonna go out, I've got my tape measure taped right here to the front of the laptop. I'm gonna go out to four feet. So Joe's gonna lean in over here and hit the spacebar and wake up the computer. And let's take a look and see what happens. Four feet away, boom. That unlocks just fine. So we're gonna put it back to sleep again. And I'm gonna go out further. Okay, six feet. All right, Joe, let's hit it again and see if we can unlock our Macbook from six feet with the Apple Watch. [BLANK_AUDIO] And it's going to, unlocked. That was great. Okay, put it to sleep again. Okay, now I'm at eight feet. I'm just gonna wake the system up again and see if we could turn it on from here. And lets see what we have, and it worked, wow. Alright, lock it again. Lets take it to ten feet. And slow, slow, nope didn't work. Okay, we're too far away now. Lat's try from nine feet. Okay, hit the space bar. And I'm just gonna unlock it. Okay, nine feet worked, wow. So right here, in this particular test, we got up to nine feet away and we're still able to unlock the MacBook using the Apple Watch. I've tested it a bunch of other places, and Sometimes, five to seven feet is the sweet spot. In this case, this is the furthest we've ever gotten, nine feet, although I wouldn't say based on our other tests that that's really, you could reliably unlock your MacBook from nine feet away, but it's something to keep in mind if you MacBook is sitting at a desk and you're all the way across the room.