It was difficult for you to unlock your iPhone with Face ID if you are wearing face mask. With the new update of iOS 14.5, even with your face mask, you can now unlock the iPhone with your Apple Watch. We illustrate how this useful time saving function can be configured and used.

This exciting new feature Apple has developed in iOS 14.5 to make it easier to unlock the iPhone during the global COVID-19 pandemic. If your iPhone uses Face ID, it’s obviously not good if you unlock while wearing a mask, for the TrueDepth camera must show the area around your mouth and nose in order that Face ID works efficiently.

Apple has made it a bit easier for iPhone users to skip the Face ID when wearing a mask, when iOS 13.5 was released in April 2020. The trick is to skip to the passcode entry screen to skip the Face ID session immediately, But in your passcode you always had to punch.

With iOS 14.5, just by using your passcode- protected Apple Watch you can now unlock your iPhone. This functionality works securely because of the fact that an user has already authenticated Apple Watches despite a much less facial recognition precision due to the wearing of a mask.

What you need is an iPhone X or newer with an iOS 14.5 and a watchOS 7.4 installed system or later, the watch should be an Apple Watch Series 3 or later. Follow the full guide I provide below to learn how you can unlock your iPhone with apple watch while wearing a face mask.

How to set up unlock iPhone with Apple Watch

You must set up the option to allow your iphone to be unlocked in the first place with the Apple Watch before you can unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask.

  1. Open the iOS/iPadOS 14.5 or later Settings on your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Select from the root list “Face ID & Passcode” and enter the passcode when asked.
  3. Turn to ON location next to “Apple Watch Unlock.”

You will see that the alternative is gray. If so, upgrade to watchOS 7.4 or later on your Apple Watch. You can now unlock your phone by wearing your watch with the function configured.

How to Unlock Your iPhone With Apple Watch

Now it should be extremely simple to unlock your iPhone with Face ID when wearing the face mask.

Your watch has to be nearby and on your wrist, unlocked, and secured by a passcode in order to access and unlock your phone. If you haven’t set up a passcode yet, run the watch-app (so you’ll have to do it twice to confirm) and select Passcode -> Turn Passcode to ‘ON’.

When the Apple Watch is on the wrist, the iPhone will recognize it and unlock it immediately. The watch will make a soundy buzz and show on your wrist, and you will be notified that your iPhone has been unlocked by this notification. Under this notification message you will also find a button to lock the iPhone.

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