Let’s learn how you can prevent Auto Unlock Mac with Apple Watch using Intune. This guide on how to prevent auto-unlock with your Apple Watch on a Mac.
Preventing your Mac from auto-unlocking with your Apple Watch is an important security measure to consider, especially if you’re concerned about unauthorized access to your computer.
While the feature is convenient, knowing the potential security risks and how to disable them when needed is essential. In some situations, you may not want your Mac to automatically unlock, such as in shared workspaces or when you want to control when and how your computer unlocks.
While you are wearing an Apple Watch, your Mac can sense when you are nearby and log you in automatically. You can also use Apple Watch to approve other requests for your administrator password.
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Prevent Auto Unlock Mac with Apple Watch using Intune
The following steps help you effectively manage automatic unlock Mac for macOS managed by Microsoft Intune. This allows admins to Prevent Auto Unlock Mac with Apple Watch.
- Sign in to the Microsoft Intune Admin portal https://intune.microsoft.com/.
- Select Devices > Configuration profiles > Create profile or Navigate directly to macOS > Configuration profiles. Here, in this case platform will be prepopulated.
In Create Profile, Select macOS in Platform, and Select Profile Type as Settings Catalog. Click on the Create button.
In the macOS Basics tab, enter the descriptive name for the new profile. For example, Prevent Auto Unlock Mac with Apple Watch, add a description for the profile to understand the policy usage, and Select Next.
On the Configuration settings tab, With the settings catalog, you can choose which settings you want to configure. Click on Add Settings to browse or search the catalog for the settings you want to configure.
Search for “Auto Unlock” or “Allow Auto Unlock”. Select the “Restrictions” from the search result. Select “Allow Auto Unlock” and close the settings picker pane.
Configure the Restrictions payload to enable or disable features on devices. These configurations can be used to prevent users from accessing a specific app, service, or function on enrolled devices.
Another restriction can be added to prevent the sharing of passwords over AirDrop on an iPhone, iPad and Mac. Certain restrictions on an iPhone may be mirrored on a paired Apple Watch. This policy setting allows you to allow Auto Unlock on devices, Toggle the switch to set False, and click on Next.
Using Scope tags, you can assign a tag to filter the profile to specific IT groups. One can add scope tags (if required) and click Next to continue.
Now in Assignments, in Included Groups, you need to click on Add Groups, choose Select Groups to include one or more groups, and click Next to continue.
In the Review + Create tab, you need to review your settings. After clicking Create, your changes are saved, and the profile will be assigned to the added devices group.
A notification will appear automatically if you see it in the top right-hand corner. You can see that the Policy “Prevent Apple Watch from Terminating Session Lock” was created successfully.
Monitor Prevent Auto Unlock Mac Policy
Intune provides several features to monitor and manage device configuration profiles. Once the configuration profile is applied, To monitor Intune policy assignment, from the list of Configuration Profiles, select the policy you targeted, and here you can check the device and user check-in status.
Note! The device groups will receive your profile settings when the devices check in with the Intune service. The Policy applies to the device.
If you click View Report, additional details are displayed. Additionally, you can quickly check the update as devices/users check-in status reports:
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About Author – Jitesh, Microsoft MVP, has over six years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus is Windows 10/11 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.