Is there currently a way to control a Mac's audio volume from the Apple Watch?

I use AirPods paired with my Mac to play audio. Unfortunately, Apple didn't provide a convenient way to adjust the volume of the Mac from the AirPods1. I realized that the Apple Watch might be able to work as an interface for changing Mac volume instead.

Unfortunately, I haven't found any good way yet; i.e. Apple didn't provide Watch functionality for system-wide Mac volume adjusting. The only somewhat-way I've found is if audio is playing from Mac iTunes, and the iPhone/Watch is paired with that library via Home Sharing. The volume can then be changed with the Watch Remote app – but that doesn't trigger system-wide volume. It only changes iTunes' in-app volume.

Is there perhaps some third-party software for iOS/WatchOS that can accomplish this?

Note about iPhones: I know that the iOS app BTT Remote can control a Mac's volume, but unfortunately there is no Watch app for it. I don't wear an iPhone at all times while at home, but the Watch is on my wrist.

1The only way I know of is to invoke Siri on the AirPods and tell her to "lower the volume by x percent".


I've used MacID with great success on my Pebble smartwatch but they also have support for Apple Watch. It's $4 but TOTALLY worth it!


The watch app requires the companion iPhone app to sync with the desktop app and control the volume and track selection.

And that's not all, the iPhone to Mac has a proximity sensor so you can set your computer to unlock AS YOU APPROACH IT and lock if you get up to walk away.

I hope this answer helps :)

  • This is a slick tool - some people have reported it’s not as reliable as Apple’s Watch unlock, but the price is low enough to be a throw away if it doesn’t pan out for you. – bmike Dec 6 '17 at 17:34
  • Yea I must admit that it used to much more reliable. Since the latest macOS updates I've noticed that occasionally I need to reconnect the desktop/mobile apps which sometimes requires forgetting the device and re-adding it. Again, it's not consistent or all that frequent and I hope that the developers see to fixing it. – Jesse Novotny Dec 8 '17 at 18:20

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