MacID 4+

Kane Cheshire

    • 2.9 • 108 Ratings
    • $3.99


MacID 2 is now available and is called Unlox. Search for Unlox on the App Store to upgrade! Unlox is a beautiful new redesign of MacID, built from scratch in Swift.

Unlock your Mac with just your fingerprint, passcode, or watch – without even unlocking your iOS device.
Requires a Mac with Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) running macOS Yosemite or newer, and an iOS device with Bluetooth LE running iOS 8 or newer.
Please make sure your devices support Bluetooth LE before purchasing MacID for iOS.

• Works with multiple Macs, iOS devices and Apple Watches at once.
• Unlock your Mac using Touch ID, Passcode, Apple Watch or Pebble.
• Apple Watch Complication & background refresh for super quick access.
• Interactive notifications – you don't even have to unlock your iOS device.
• Control your Mac's audio – works with iTunes & Spotify!
• Manually lock your Mac or start the screensaver remotely.
• Auto-lock when your iOS device moves away from your Mac.
• Proximity Wake & automatic unlocking when returning to your Mac.
• 3D Touch shortcuts.
• Notification Center widget – unlock your Mac from anywhere on your iOS device.
• Share clipboard text to and from your Mac.
• Choose from beautiful colour schemes.
• Use MacID to authorise tasks that require your macOS admin password. (Admin accounts only)
• MacID for macOS never connects to the Internet without your consent.
• Your macOS password is never broadcast and never leaves your Mac.
• Incredibly simple to use but packed full of features and options.
• Automatically throttles connections during Low Power Mode to save even more battery.

You don't even need to open the app to unlock your Mac. MacID intelligently notifies you when one of your connected Macs is woken up, which you can action directly from your iOS lock screen using either your fingerprint or passcode.

MacID can notify you when tasks require your macOS admin password, like moving protected files to Trash or changing a setting in System Preferences. (Admin accounts only)

You can also play, pause and skip iTunes & Spotify on your Mac remotely, as well as change the volume. Simply long-press on the audio controls to toggle between track and volume controls. Audio controls work anywhere the physical keys would on your Mac.

Press hard on the app icon to quickly access settings or to lock and unlock your Mac.

Create Home Screen shortcuts and URL schemes to lock and unlock your Mac from other apps.

Ever needed to quickly share a phone number or piece of text between your Mac and iOS device? Clipboard sharing is built right into MacID – share any piece of text quickly and reliably. And now you can do it right from the Notification Center.

Enable auto-lock in MacID for macOS and your Mac will automatically lock when your iOS device moves away from it. You can even get notified when your Mac locks itself.

Enable Proximity Wake in MacID for macOS and your Mac will wake its display when your iOS device gets near. Simply authorise from the interactive notification MacID sends you to unlock your Mac, or enable automatic unlocking to have MacID do it for you.

MacID includes a handy Notification Center widget, which will show all your currently connected Macs and give you quick access to lock and unlock them from anywhere on your iOS device. You can even start a Mac's screensaver or share the clipboard.
Macs that support Bluetooth LE:

• MacBook Air 2011+
• MacBook Pro 2012+
• iMac 2012+
• Mac Mini 2011+
• Mac Pro 2013+

Check if your Mac supports Bluetooth Low Energy: click the Apple menu > About This Mac > System Report > Bluetooth.

MacID for iOS needs to be paired with the free MacID for macOS companion app, which you must download from:
Featured as EE's "App of the Week" in the UK
One of Time Magazine's "5 Apps Not To Miss" and "7 Best Apple Watch Apps"
Featured in 100s of articles across the globe!

What’s New

Version 1.3.6

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

HELLO! Long time no speak. How are you? I hope you've been well. I must apologise for my prolonged absence; the last half of 2016 absolutely ran away from me but I've caught up and I'M BACK! :D

So what's new in MacID v.1.3.6?

- Are you running iOS 10.3 or newer? Then you can take advantage of new APIs in iOS that allow us to change the app icon on your home screen. That's right! When you change your colour scheme in MacID for iOS, you can have the icon change too!

- The MacID widget has had a beautiful redesign to make use of the expand/collapse functionality in iOS 10. The "show more" button will now only show if there's more than 1 device connected. And like before, you can choose to hide the widget if no devices are connected. I'm afraid there's no decent way for widgets to speak to the main app still, so for now the widget will still have to open the main app.

- The MacID widget and MacID for watchOS now show the current charge levels for MacBooks. MacID for macOS hooks into times that it already communicates with MacID for iOS, so there is no extra power used for this. The compromise is that the battery charge will not be continually up to date, so use it more of an advisory!

Don't forget to update MacID for macOS! Here's what's new there:

- MacID for macOS now remembers between launches if you asked a Mac to disconnect. Handy for those (often) times that Bluetooth needs resetting.

- Tap to Unlock tap pattern no longer gets forgotten if you have to forget and re-add your primary device. You still need to have a device paired to actually use Tap to Unlock, though.

- You can now stop MacID from disabling auto-lock when apps keep your screen awake. Use this with caution because auto-lock may trigger while you're watching a movie!

- Ensures that MacID AppleScript extensions get run in alphabetical order. To find out more about MacID for macOS AppleScript extensions, search for "extension" on the MacID blog.

As always, if you have a moment spare, please update your rating and review in the App Store. Every time a developer updates an app, the rating gets removed from search results. Independent developers like myself rely on these ratings, so if you have the time it is seriously appreciated. Thanks!

If you're experiencing regular time-outs with Bluetooth connections since updating to Sierra, you're not alone. With some persistence and restarting, most of these issues can be resolved eventually! Check out the MacID help page for more information.

Lots of <3,


Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

cucucumbur ,

Works better than the rest (which isnt hard)

I have tried all the solutions for proximity iphone-mac auto lock and unlock. This is about the closest ive come to an app that is worthy of being on my “essentials” list of apps that I install immediately on getting a new phone. But; the Bluetooth connection can be kinda wonky, and proximity-only locking/unlocking is in the menu and enabled, but doesnt seem to change the default behavior. The defeult behavior which includes opening an app, waiting a few seconds to see your macbook visible (sometimes 🙄), pressing it, then pressing the home button for touchid. It takes longer and is more of a disruptive process than just logging in.
Well, if the proximity features worked I wouldn’t mind. But since it seems like once again there is no app that will let you say “unlock when im within 10 meters, lock when im further.
The design is pretty good though, and its the best thing ive found in the market space 😫

gmansc ,

works for a bit then dies

Don't waste your time with this app until the developer becomes serious about its maintenance. I installed about two weeks ago and, for a while, it worked nicely. However, it has now died and restarting all devices/computers, reinstalling the app and it computer client fail to bring it back to life. Recent comments on the developer's web site are three months old. Clearly, this is a part time project that's not getting the attention it needs -- especially for a $4 app.

Tomz0086 ,

Does not recognize that I’ve changed my Passcode

Problem 1.
The devices would not find each other.

Toggling Bluetooth on and off, resetting Bluetooth did not work, so I uninstalled MacID from both iPhone and Mac and then reinstalled after rebooting both devices.

This resolved my Bluetooth connectivity issues.

Problem 2.
The app did not recognize that I’ve changed my login password.

Go into Keychain and delete anything associated with MacID.

Disconnect and forget device.

Relaunch MacID

Re add iPhone. It then asks you to enter your current login password.

(For me, multiple times this failed as clicking continue to update my password just hung and did nothing)

But this was because I did not relaunch the app after the keychain delete.

😑 so hopefully now it will go back to working the way it did before which was rather flawless.

Definitely some bugs but great app otherwise.

I’ve been using it for years.

Dev doesn’t really respond to emails but it’s just him a one man army so it’s understandable.

Thank you 🤓 this is this best of the bunch. Pretty much a must have.

Developer Response ,


I want to apologise for the lack of updates. Over the past year I've been redeveloping MacID for the latest versions of iOS and macOS to fix years of workarounds for various Bluetooth bugs. I'm happy to say MacID 2 is now available, but unfortunately Apple made me change the name, so MacID 2 is now called Unlox.

If you paid full price for MacID you should be able to search for the Unlox Upgrade Bundle on the iOS App Store and get the upgrade for free/discounted.

Unlox requires macOS High Sierra and iOS 11.2. I hope you love Unlox!

You can find more info about Unlox at, or tweet me @UnloxHelp and I'll help whenever I can!

App Privacy

The developer, Kane Cheshire, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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