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macOS Sierra Apple Watch Unlock - persistant iCloud Sign in required dialog

I had the same problem: In settings I was definitely logged into iCloud, but the Apple Watch unlock setting still claimed I wasn't. I stumbled on the following weird solution: I happened to start ...
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Apple Watch assumes incorrect birthday for its owner

Check your My Card in the Phone app, at the top of the Contacts tab or ask Siri "whose phone is this?" and tap the resulting card. Make sure the Birthday field in the card is accurate and ...
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Dead Apple Watch -- security risk?

The best way to ensure that it is recycled securely, without resorting to any destructive practices that might hinder the recycling of the materials, is to hand it in to an Apple Store. Apple will ...
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How does the Apple Watch <-> macOS Sierra unlock feature work in detail?

It uses both Bluetooth LE 4.0 AND 802.11ac WiFi. Bluetooth is used to discover the Apple Watch and establish a connection. Then it uses WiFi to do "time-in-flight" calculations - i.e. to figure out ...
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How is the Apple Watch ECG disabled in certain countries?

According to a few 2018 articles, the restrictions are based on the region where the watch was sold, and the removal of blocks is implemented by a watchOS update. Not tied to ID. No geo-fence. ...
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Is it possible to use an Apple Watch to authorise sudo in Catalina?

There is a PAM module for this on GitHub: https://github.com/biscuitehh/pam-watchid (This is forked from a TouchID PAM module, btw.)
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How do I turn off News notifications on my Apple Watch?

Actually I was having the same problem and discovered why. In the News app itself there are some notification settings. Why it's so obscure and hard to find is unlike Apple, but it's there all the ...
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How to update my weight in the Activity app

The Activity app uses the info stored in the Health app. To change your weight: Open the Watch app on the iPhone On the My Watch tab, scroll down and tap on Health Tap Edit in the top right corner ...
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Is it not possible to make Apple Watch chime on the hour?

There's currently no native way to play a chime on the hour with watchOS - well, at least not without workarounds using the Timer, Reminders, etc. However, there are a number of 3rd party Apple Watch ...
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How is the Apple Watch ECG disabled in certain countries?

I would expect the opposite mechanism that what your title says - empirical evidence shows ECG is disabled everywhere by default and only enabled where cleared. This is also observed for COVID-19 ...
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Dead Apple Watch -- security risk?

The storage in the Apple Watch is encrypted and the device secured with secure boot and activation lock so disposing of it should not be a security risk. System Security for watchOS That said, there’s ...
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How can I temporarily turn off the Apple watch display?

I think Apple's new Theater mode is what you are looking for. It's now available as of WatchOS 3.2.
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Is Apple Pay on Apple Watch safe if iPhone Jailbroken?

[EDIT] - This edit revises my answer to: more specifically answer the OP's question for their exact scenario reduce ambiguity by making clearer the parts of my answer that were more general in nature ...
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How to play music on iPhone via Apple Watch on watchOS 4?

Correct, with watchOS 3.x it was possible to use Apple Watch as a kind of remote for iPhone's Music.app: Browse all available music by artist/album/genre Start/stop playback on your iPhone with Apple ...
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Why does my Apple Watch glow green sometimes?

It's taking your heart rate. Per Apple: "Blood is red because it reflects red light and absorbs green light. Apple Watch uses green LED lights paired with light‑sensitive photodiodes to detect ...
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Use Apple Watch LTE data for hotspot

TLDR - Could Apple do this with a quick update - of course it’s technically possible. Will Apple do so? I expect this decision to ensure battery use is minimized to hold, but who knows what new ...
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Why Apple watch 4 has not enabled ECG feature for the countries other than US?

The ECG function requires approval from the relevant regulators in the region, which takes time to acquire. In the US, Apple worked with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a number of years ...
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Apple Watch unlock feature for macOS Sierra requires turning off 2-step-verification

You need to disable two-step verification and enable two-factor authentication. If you follow the steps in this article, it will show you how you can use your Watch to wake-up your Mac. One of the ...
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How did my Apple Watch answer a phone call after my iPhone's battery died?

This is WiFi calling and iMessage in action. iMessage is a messaging service that is brokered through Apple's iCloud servers and delivers point to point messages to multiple devices instead of ...
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Prevent the Siri Watch Face from displaying Photo Memories

Photo Memories, along with other "Data Sources" for the Siri Watch Face, can be turned off in the Watch app on iOS. Watch app > My Watch > My Faces > Siri (Watch Face) > Data Sources You can also ...
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Apple watch still paired to an iPhone I no longer have

One thing you can do, assuming you're not worried about losing the data on your Apple Watch, is to erase all content and settings on the watch itself. However, if you have no access to a backup, then ...
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What is the Apple Watch to iphone pairing animation called?

I don't think it has a public, catchy "name" as such. Apple seems to refer to it is as an "optical label", but that is a very generic term. The technology can be thought of very much like an animated ...
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What stops step data from the accelerometers on the phone and watch from doubling up?

Apple Health is smart. It automatically aggregates step data, so that every minute, it takes the step count from the last 60 seconds from the device with the highest input and adds that to the daily ...
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How do I transfer data and settings from one Apple Watch to another?

iMore provides a step-by-step set of instructions to restore an old backup onto a new watch that I have summarized below. The first step is to unpair the old watch from your phone. As part of that, a ...
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Missing Time Travel feature on Apple Watch in OS3?

There's a toggle for Time Travel (the name of the feature you're talking about) in the Watch app on your iPhone. Turn this on to enable the feature.
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How does the Apple Watch <-> macOS Sierra unlock feature work in detail?

I found a interesting article, where this feature is described in detail: https://networkingnerd.net/2016/09/21/apple-watch-unlock-802-11ac-and-time/
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Can I delete the Watch app without unpairing Apple Watch?

The apple watch app on your iPhone will not let you remove itself unless you unpair the watch first. So technically, no. As it is essential for the operation of the watch. What I did was just make a ...
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Connect AirPods to Apple Watch

Apple's official answer on this is a bit contradictory: their promotional page lists Apple Watch as a device you can use with them while their main support page only lists Mac and iPhone as compatible ...
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