Unlocking your iPhone withduring the has been a hassle, to say the least. Instead of your iPhone unlocking as soon as the screen lights up, you're instantly asked to enter your PIN code. It's extremely frustrating with mobile payments or sending a text while you're out -- especially when trying to avoid touching your mask at all costs.
But the ability to unlock your release of iOS 14.5, and it still works with the . The , like scanning any text (even in photos), real-time rain alerts and more.using while wearing a face mask on isn't a new feature. It was announced earlier this year. Apple found a solution to the problem (kind of) with the
But before you get too excited, it's good to know that this trick requires an Apple Watch to work. Apple borrowed theusers and brought it to the iPhone. Below I'll walk you through how to set up the new Face ID unlock feature, and show you how it works. And if you're considering an Apple Watch, it hits stores this Friday but you can now. You may even be able to . This story was recently updated.
Find and turn on the 'Unlock' feature with your Apple Watch
Once your iPhone is running iOS 14.5 or later and your Apple Watch has WatchOS 7.4 (or newer) installed, you can turn on Unlock with Apple Watch with a few taps.
Open the Settings app on your iPhone and then select Face ID & Passcode, enter your PIN when asked. Next, scroll down until you find the section titled Unlock with Apple Watch. The name of your Apple Watch should be listed there. Next to it is a toggle to turn the feature on or off. Slide that switch to the On position and then back out of the Settings app.
How to use Apple's 'Unlock' feature while wearing a mask
Going forward, whenever you're wearing a face covering, all you have to do is hold your phone up like you normally would to unlock it with Face ID. You'll feel a haptic tap on your wrist, letting you know your watch was used to unlock your phone.
The alert on your watch is more than just an acknowledgment that your phone was unlocked, though. It includes a button to lock your phone, in case it was unlocked by someone else. It's a security feature to ensure that someone else doesn't pick up your phone and unlock it while wearing a mask. While unlikely that it will happen, it's a reassuring fallback method to keep your data safe.
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