How to turn on the Mac with the Apple Watch

The synchronization between the Apple Watch and the iPhone is well known, because they are the most ideal companions that you can have today. However, the Watch is an Apple device and therefore has a synchronization with its entire ecosystem, including Macs. Therefore, in this post, Let’s see how we can turn on the Mac from the Apple Watch.

Check the compatibility of your Mac and Apple Watch

Before getting into the post in question, it is important to make sure that both devices are compatible with each other and that your Mac supports Bluetooth 4.0 (2012 or later) and an Apple Watch Series 1 or later. Also, both devices need to be updated to the latest version of macOS and watchOS. To do this, you can visit the following page: macOS and watchOS.

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

The first step to turning on your Mac with your Apple Watch is to turn on Wake-On-LAN. This feature allows your Mac to turn on when it receives a signal over a network. For enable Wake-On-LAN on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences or System Settings on your Mac.
  2. Access the economizer tab.
  3. Under the “Power Adapter” tab, check the “Enable access to this computer from the network” box. In the “Battery” tab, do the same
  4. Download and install a third-party application.

We have already finished the process of preparing the Mac. Now, we have to go to the App Store and download the Wake Me Up application on the Apple Watch. This app allows you to control various functions of your Mac using your Apple Watch, including turning it on.

Once you’ve installed Wake Me Up on your Mac, it’s time to set up your Apple Watch. Remember that the Apple Watch must be paired with your iPhone at all times. The steps are the following:

  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

Once we have the Mac configured, we are going to proceed to configure the Apple Watch. However, before that, we have to make sure that the Apple Watch is in sleep mode or turned off.

  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’s important to note that both your Mac and Apple Watch are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, you may not be able to turn on your Mac using Apple Watch. In conclusion, the Wake Me Up app performs much more than just turning on your Mac remotely, so you can take a close look at everything it offers in App Preferences.

Wake Me Up - Wake-on-LAN
Wake Me Up - Wake-on-LAN