Remotely Lock Your Mac Or Windows PC From Your iPhone Or Apple Watch
You stepped away from you system and forgot to lock it. The automatic lock delay is set to a good five or maybe ten minutes and you’ve got something important open on your desktop so you really can’t wait for it to do the job for you. If nothing else, there’s a chance someone might come in and mess with your wallpaper.
Meet LockItUp an absolutely wonderful iOS app worth $3.99 in the App Store that lets you remotely lock your Mac or Windows PC from your iPhone and Apple Watch. You can add multiple systems to it and lock them with a single tap. The app works from the Apple Watch as well so even if you’ve left your phone on your desk, you can still lock your system from your wrist.
Your iPhone, Apple Watch, and your Mac and Windows PC must be connected to the same WiFi network. The developers have generously shared ten promo codes for us to giveaway to our readers. Check the end of this post for details.
You will need to install the LockItUp app on your Windows PC or your Mac. The desktop client for both is free. Install the LockItUp app on your iPhone and launch it.
On your iPhone, tap the plus button on the Link Up Your Computer screen. Allow it to access your camera and then point it at your screen. The desktop app should be showing you a QR code. Scan this with the LockItUp app and the system will be added.
To lock your system, tap on the Lock button and your system will be locked.
If you want to add more systems, tap the plus button at the bottom left and follow the same process as before to add it. If you want to lock a different system, tap the list button at the bottom right, and tap the system you want to lock.
One reason I love this app is because it relies on your WiFi network and not Bluetooth to work. Bluetooth is very restricted in range and is also far less reliable. A WiFi network can cover a much larger area. If nothing else, most offices and even homes have their routers set-up so that they can remain connected to the same network while they are on the same floor.