A pedestrian wearing a protective mask was using her mobile phone when he walked past an Apple iPhone advertisement on Orchard Road, Singapore.
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As long as you are wearing an Apple Watch, Apple will soon allow you to unlock your iPhone. This means that it is much easier to unlock the phone while wearing a mask, and you must now remove it to make Face ID work.
This feature will be launched sometime this spring, when Apple will launch iOS 1
It’s really good. If you have a Mac and Apple Watch, you may be familiar with this process-for example, you can unlock your Mac by simply wearing your Apple Watch close to your Mac.
This experience is indeed similar to the iPhone. If you wear a mask (or even don’t), just swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen. Your iPhone will scan a part of your face, and your Apple Watch will make a little buzzing sound, indicating that it has been used to unlock your iPhone. Unlock instantly, just like Face ID without a mask.
I also tested not just masks. I raised my shirt to cover my forehead and eyes, but it worked well. When I cover my entire face, or try to unlock the phone without facing the phone, this feature will not work.
When iOS 14.5 is launched, you can set it up as follows.
How to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch
Use iOS 14.5 to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch.
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I tested it with iOS 14.5 Beta. However, once the software is available to everyone this spring, you can follow the steps below to set it up.
- Open the settings on the iPhone.
- Tap Face ID and password.
- Enter the iPhone password.
- Scroll down to “Unlock with Apple Watch”.
- Toggle the button next to the Apple Watch so that it is on.
That’s it. Now, when you unlock the iPhone while wearing a mask, the Apple Watch will make a slight buzzing sound when unlocking the iPhone.