Getting MacID Set Up

Setup with MacID has always bee simple. I’ve tried to make sure there are as few steps as possible.

When Bluetooth is working great, setup can be achieved in as little as 10 seconds, but all too often Bluetooth on OS X has some sort of issue. (This is also why Handoff and AirDrop are sometimes flaky.)

I’ll run through the setup procedure first, and then some common fixes for issues while setting up.

  1. Download both MacID for iOS and MacID for OS X.
  2. Make sure Bluetooth is on, on your Mac and iOS device.
  3. Open MacID for iOS, approve the request to share data with Bluetooth devices and for notifications.
  4. Launch MacID for OS X. A window should appear like this:Device discovery window
  5. Once your iOS device’s name appears, click on it. MacID will stop searching and will display a continue button:Selecting your device
  6. Click the continue button to be taken to the password entry field. You’ll need to enter your Mac’s system password, and then again just to make sure you don’t make a mistake. Once your password is entered, click the finish button:Entering your password


That’s it! Once the window disappears, you’ve paired devices and can now lock and unlock, control audio and set up Tap to Unlock. If you’re having trouble getting your device to show in the setup window there are a few things you can do:

  • While the set window is open and MacID for iOS is still in the foreground, click the WiFi icon. Sometimes Bluetooth LE can get stuck at the “connecting” phase, and for some reason clicking the WiFi icon forces it to unstick. This could be something to do with Personal Hotspot forcing a connection, I’m not really sure. All I know is it sometimes works.
  • If that doesn’t work, on both Mac and iOS, try toggling Bluetooth off and back on.
  • If your device still doesn’t show, try restarting your Mac. (You can restart your iPhone too, but in my experience it’s rarely where the issue lies)
  • If nothing above works, you can try resetting Bluetooth. Thankfully, MacID now has a built in way of resetting Bluetooth.

If after all the above you still can’t get MacID set up, there could be an issue with your Bluetooth chip. If Handoff and AirDrop are having trouble, that’s almost certainly the issue. It could also be software related which means a future update to OS X could fix it, but you should contact Apple support anyway.

14 thoughts on “Getting MacID Set Up”

  1. Hello, I am using the macID as I just recently found out about it. However, it says “Auto-lock is prevented by ‘coreaudiod'” Does anyone know how to fix this because I can’t use proximity to lock my Mac now and have to manually trigger it.

    1. Try closing apps until it goes away and then you can find out which app is causing the issue. You can also make it so that MacID ignores apps that are keeping the screen awake.

  2. I’m running a Late 2011 MacBook Pro. The website says this is incompatible with MacID. Actually it is – after spending about $10 to purchase an IOGEAR Bluetooth 4.0 USB Micro Adapter (GBU521). Plugged it into one of my USB ports, went to System Preferences, turned on bluetooth, and it found my iPhone and the MacID app immediately. Works great, No issues.

  3. Hi

    I’ve tried setting up Macid with 3 single finger taps on the Mac trackpad and also tried with 4 single fimger taps. Both work to wake or sleep the Mac fine.

    However I like to click through the Calendar to view each week. After 3 or 4 clicks the Mac drops to sleep.

    What tap pattern do I need to avoid this?



    1. Hey 🙂

      You need to make your pattern a bit more complex than that. Remember, it’s not where you tap that matters it’s the amount of fingers per tap. So the first tap could be 1 finger but then the next one could be 5 fingers. Hope that makes sense!

  4. Hi there,
    I have been using macID for a week now and it works great. It is very handy. It runs smoothly. I did not notice any bug or any drain of battery. I haven’t buy many Apps but this is one is really a must.


  5. Who can I email for some help? I bought the program and it doesn’t quite do what I want. My sole purpose for buying the program was to unlock my mac after a clean boot without ever having to touch the mac. I can’t seem to do that. Is this possible?

    Thank you!

    1. Hey 🙂

      Unfortunately this isn’t possible at the moment due to the fact MacID needs to access the keychain (where it stores your password) and the keychain is locked until you initially log in. Sorry!

  6. Hi, Tap to unlock seems to be the feature I use the most, but I’m not sure if it’s possible to change the unlock pattern and how to do it!
    Thank You

    1. Sorry for taking so long to reply, the site was bombarded with spam and I’ve only just got round to sifting through it.

      At the moment the only way to change the pattern is by disabling and re-enabling Tap to Unlock, I’ll have a look at adding a better way of doing this in the future.

  7. Hi there
    I installed MacID 2 days ago and have the proximity stuff working A-ok. However the pattern tap-to-unlock stuff isn’t working. It shows the setup dialog, but nothing happens after I enter a pattern then hit save.

    1. Sorry for taking so long to reply, the site was bombarded with spam and I’ve only just got round to sifting through it.

      If this happens again, open Keychain Access on your Mac and type “MacID-Secure-Data”. Delete anything that appears and restart MacID for OS X. Click “change password” and then after re-saving your password you should be able to set Tap to Unlock up again.

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