Using macOS 11 Big Sur, many items that used to require my user password now annoyingly buzz my wrist.

I can still type my password, but now I have to first press "Use Password..." in the alert.

How can I disable this Apple Watch feature and make password entry the default method?

I do not want to disable unlocking the Mac itself from the login screen. There, I want to continue to use my Apple Watch.

Approve with Apple Watch

System Preferences is trying to unlock the Software Update preferences.

Approve with Apple Watch or enter your password to allow this.

Use Password...

On the Apple Watch the prompt is:

Double Click to Approve

1 Answer 1


Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General. Then disable the checkbox in the image below:


  • Is there any way to disable this for apps, but still allow unlocking the Mac itself?
    – pkamb
    Feb 1, 2021 at 16:48
  • @pkamb As of now I don't believe that's possible.
    – fsb
    Feb 1, 2021 at 18:33

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