Version History

Near Lock is constantly improving. Check the list below to see what we have added in the major updates since we launched version 3.0.


  • macOS Sierra update:
    • Near Lock should now work reliably on macOS Sierra.
  • iOS 10:
    • Near Lock should now work reliably on ios10.
  • WiFi unlock:
    • you can now keep your Mac unlocked while connected to your selected WiFi (eg. home network)
  • Mac Login photos:
    • you can now set up Near Lock to take a photo after each Mac login
  • Near Lock Tutorials
    • some features will show step-by-step tutorials to better explain how they work
      • Mac Wake Unlock tutorial
      • Near Lock automatic unlock tutorial
      • Clipboard (copy paste) tutorial
      • Mac Control info with explanations
      • Mac advanced notification settings explanations
  • Clipboard
    • you can now use Near Lock to copy and paste from and to your Mac (also using keyboard shortcuts or the notification widget on your iPhone)
  • ios10 notification widget
    • the iPhone widget got a new look and a new copy/paste functionality
  • Mac notification settings explanation
    • improvement of the Near Lock layout and notification settings that can be found in the advanced settings of the Near Lock Mac app
  • Authentication options (password prompt dialog such as when installing new software)
    • you can choose how you wish insert password with Near Lock once a password dialog shows on the Mac screen:
      • do not insert automatically
      • yes or no
      • touch ID or passcode
      • double knock
      • insert automatically (don’t ask)
  • Additional options in the Mac menu bar settings
    • style the menu bar
      • show and hide some sections from the menu bar in the advanced settings
  • Mac Control settings
    • set up Near Lock to track how and when you use your Mac
    • take photos on failed login attempts
    • take photos after each login
  • Note: Take photo on failed login attempts does NOT work on macOS Sierra. Apple had some major changes in their Sierra update and we are still working on fixing this feature.
  • Settings simplifications
    • removing some advanced settings to the iPhone settings


  • macOS Sierra update
    • Near Lock should now work on macOS Sierra.
  • Warning: on iOS 10.0.1 Near Lock will still not connect in the background it is a known Apple bug and it should be fixed in their next release.
    Note: a new version of Near Lock for iOS10 and macOS Sierra is going thought final testing and should be available soon.


  • Detect failed login attempts into your Mac
    • receive an iPhone notification every time a wrong password in inserted into your Mac
    • take a photo on your Mac when a false password is inserted
    • generate and share a Near Lock Mugshot picture

  • Unlock Mac with Knock (Double knock)
    • login into your Mac by double knocking on your iPhone
    • unlock with double knock when you approach your Mac
    • unlock with double knock when password field appears on sleep screen
    • use knock to authorize Mac request: such as installing new software

  • Track login times
    • you can now see all the login logout information
    • track how users login into your Mac: manually, with password, using Near Lock, Apple watch
    • a nice user interface of the Mac login tracking information
  • Authorization requests settings
    • choose how you want to authorize the Mac authorization request: TouchID, knock, yes - no, none
  • Near Lock today widget settings on iOS
    • set up today widget restrictions in the iPhone settings
  • Added a new on-boarding Near Lock tutorial on iOS
    • a short, fun and simple tutorial about what Near Lock is about
    • a list of the most interesting features
    • this tutorial can be found on the Welcome screen
  • Improvements
    • improved the distance calculation
    • improved the login, logout speed
    • improving the bluetooth connection login
    • improving the error messages for a clearer understanding of possible problems
    • apple watch speed improvements
    • overall improvements and speed


  • Fixing the crash for certain languages


  • Adding the Near Lock tutorial after pairing
  • Various fixes and improvements from user feedback


  • Rare crash fix - after user feedback
  • Updater improvements


  • Auto updated fix


  • Connection improvements
    • sometimes Near Lock would not reconnect automatically


  • Authorise user using Near Lock
    • easily authenticate user with Near Lock when installing new software
    • updating the login tracker file location
    • updating the login logic after unlocking Mac with Near Lock
    • updating the Near Lock Mac icon
    • update logic bug fix
    • chinese langauge crash fix
    • option to disable sound notifications
    • improving the Near Lock error wizzard
    • adding additional Near Lock settings
    • adding an option to disable sound on lock/unlock
    • overall UX improvements
  • Languages
    • adding Dutch - thank you Tim!
    • improving the current localizables
  • Bluetooth connection improvements
    • BLE stability enhancements
    • improved the proximity calculation


  • Multiple Macs
    • simulations control of all your Macs at the same time
  • Ping your iPhone
    • in case you cant find your iPhone you can use the new ping feature from your Macs
  • Login Logout tracking
    • you can now track when your Mac has been locked or unlocked
    • you will also get the login session time
  • Apple watch
    • using the swipe menu you can lock and unlock your Mac by swiping
  • 3D Touch
    • you can now lock and unlock you Mac with 3D Touch
    • you can lock and unlock all of your Mac's at the same time using 3D touch
  • Touch ID
    • authorize user login with your fingerprint
    • user your fingerprint for more security
  • Near Lock languages:
    • English
    • German
    • Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil)
    • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
    • Arabic
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Italian
    • Dutch
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Russian
  • Supported OS X:
    • Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan
    • Supported iOS:
    • iOS7, iOS8, iOS9

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