Turn on the Mac with the Apple Watch is possible

It’s widely acknowledged that the synchronization between the Apple Watch and iPhone is exceptional, as they are the perfect companions for modern-day users. However, the Watch is an Apple device and therefore can be synced with its entire ecosystem, including Macs. In this post, we will explore how to turn on a Mac using an Apple Watch.

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Check the compatibility of your Mac and Apple Watch

Prior to proceeding with the tutorial, it is crucial to ensure that your devices are compatible with each other. Your Mac must support Bluetooth 4.0 (2012 or later) and your Apple Watch must be Series 1 or newer. Additionally, both devices must have the latest version of macOS and watchOS installed. You can check for updates by visiting the following pages: macOS and watchOS.

Set up Wake-On-LAN on your Mac and Apple Watch

To activate the feature that allows you to turn on your Mac with your Apple Watch, the first step is to enable Wake-On-LAN. This function makes it possible for your Mac to power on upon receiving a signal over a network. Follow the steps below to turn on Wake-On-LAN on your Mac:

1. On your Mac, open the System Preferences app, which you can find in the Dock or by clicking on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen.

2. Click on “Energy Saver.”

3. Check the box next to “Wake for network access.”

4. Close the Energy Saver window.

Now that you have enabled Wake-On-LAN on your Mac, you can proceed to the next step of the process.


After completing the setup process for Wake-On-LAN on your Mac, you can now proceed to download the Wake Me Up app on your Apple Watch from the App Store. This app enables you to remotely control different features of your Mac with your watch, such as turning it on.

Once you have installed Wake Me Up on your Mac, the next step is to set it up on your Apple Watch. It is important to keep in mind that your Apple Watch should always be paired with your iPhone. The following steps can help you in setting up Wake Me Up on your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone and search for “Wake Me Up”.
  2. Download and install the app on your iPhone, which will automatically install on your Apple Watch.
  3. Open Wake Me Up on your iPhone and follow the instructions to pair it with your Mac.

Turn on your Mac with your Apple Watch

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Before proceeding to configure the Apple Watch, it is important to ensure that the device is either turned off or in sleep mode.

  1. Unlock the Apple Watch and open the Wake Me Up app
  2. Look for the “Wake On LAN” or “Turn on Mac” option and click on it.
  3. The application sends a signal to turn on the Mac automatically.


It is crucial to ensure that both your Mac and Apple Watch are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, the Apple Watch may not be able to turn on your Mac. Additionally, it is worth noting that the Wake Me Up app has more features than just remotely turning on your Mac. Therefore, you can explore all the features it offers by going to App Preferences.