Near Lock – Use your iPhone to lock and unlock your Mac automatically

(App) Near Lock

Near Lock  App Description :

Use your iPhone to lock and unlock your Mac automatically. When you walk away from your Mac, it will be automatically locked. Once you approach your workplace, Near Lock will unlock your Mac.
Unlock your Mac with your fingerprint (Touch ID), double knock, Apple Watch, notification widget or use the iPhone 3D touch.
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To use Near Lock download the Mac application:

App Features :

locking and unlocking your Mac automatically – depends on the distance between your iPhone and your Mac
easily set the distance on which your Mac should be locked or unlocked
for additional security use your fingerprint (Touch ID), double knock or Apple Watch for each Mac login authorization
manually lock and unlock your Mac with your iPhone
knock twice on your iPhone for a faster Mac login.
take a picture and receive a notification when anyone tries to login into your Mac.
track and see all recent Mac login and logout times.
WiFi Unlock – keep your Mac unlocked while connected to your selected WiFi network (e.g. Home network)
Clipboard – copy and paste text to and from your Mac
choose between sleep (hibernate) and screensaver when locking your Mac
receive notification when your Mac is locked or unlocked
unlock your Mac directly with the iPhone’s interactive notifications – swipe left on received notifications
control your Mac through the iPhone Notification Center Widget – quickly lock and unlock your Mac from anywhere on your iOS device
control your audio: pause music when you log out, play when you login – works with Spotify, QuickTime, VLC, iTunes
to save your battery Near Lock uses Low Energy Bluetooth 4.0 for the communication between your devices
control Near Lock from your iOS device or your Mac’s menu bar
make locking and unlocking your Mac faster with 3D Touch – only iPhone 6S or newer
use your iPhone to control multiple Macs
find my iPhone feature – in case your iPhone is lost you can now ping it from your Mac
authorize Mac tasks (such as installing new software) with Touch ID or by knocking on your iPhone
lock and unlock your Mac using Siri on your iPhone

Your credentials and data are secured and never leave your devices – AES encryption. For additional protection, the bluetooth communication channel is internally encrypted.

Near Lock requires a Mac that is running Mavericks or later. Your Mac also needs to support the latest Bluetooth LE technology.

The following Macs support Bluetooth LE:
iMac late 2012 or newer
MacBook Air 2011 or newer
MacBook Pro 2012 or newer
Mac mini 2011 or newer
Mac Pro late 2013 or newer

Thanks to all the Near Lock users for the great feedback and suggestions!

Near Lock won second place at the “Show Your App Award” in Munich

If you enjoy using Near Lock, please take a moment and leave an honest review: it really helps.


Additional Information :

  • Size 40.8 MB
  • Requires iOS 9.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

User Reviews :

Works great, sometimes.

This is an awesome app when it works. I feel like it has a lot bugs that need to be worked out. When the app works as designed it is a wonderful experience, but when it breaks it is a huge pain to get it going again. I’m not sure if these bugs have more to do with apple or the creator of the app, but I wish they could provide a faster update schedule. Best option would be for apple to buy this app and integrate it.

Works great!

After researching all of the available unlock apps (many of which seem to be abandonware) to see what’s available to unlock a friend’s iMac from her iPhone, I stumbled upon Near Lock, and liked it so much, I paid for the Pro version to use on my laptop & iPhone.

BTW, for anyone who hasn’t figured it out yet: long-tapping on your computer’s icon on the main page of the app is the way to lock (or unlock) your Mac: you don’t have to tap on the tiny lock icon (which takes you to a second page) to unlock it.

As far as features I’d like to see added in a future update (hence why I gave it only 4/5), a “shake iPhone to lock/unlock Mac” feature would be a slick way to call up Near Lock app when the iPhone is locked, thus unlocking both iPhone and Mac with only one fingerprint scan (or locking Mac with only a shake).

(Yes, I know app offers a double-knock feature, but it seems to be used to authenticate vs calling up the authentication prompt page, at which point I’d like to use fingerprint scan to unlock.)

I also dinged a star since I reached out to the dev a few weeks ago, but they never got back to me (maybe his sister in the demo video managed to get into his e-mail account, & deleted my e-mail when he walked away from his laptop?).

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