How to unlock Apple iPhone with Face ID while wearing mask

Apple introduced its Face ID, the facial recognition system with the launch of the iPhone X which replaced its traditional Touch ID. With this new replacement, Users can unlock their iPhones in a much simpler way than before.

Besides the advantage of Face ID recognition, there also some cons of this system. The function does not work when a person wears a mask or while the face is covered. In this case, the Touch ID would be a better option for unlocking purposes.

With the global COVID-19 pandemic, people are forced to wear masks in public places, and with the mask on it is not possible to unlock the phone. However, Apple is working on a new system that will help users to unlock their iPhone using Face ID even with the mask on.

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The company has recently seeded the first developers beta of the upcoming iOS 14.5 for testing purposes and along with that, a new feature is added which allows the users to unlock their iPhones with the help of the Apple Watch even while wearing the mask. Now let’s understand how the process works.

It is similar to unlocking the Mac with an Apple Watch. To use this functionality on your iPhones your Apple Watch needs to be nearby, unlocked, and protected by a passcode. Remember, this unlocking system is only used while unlocking your iPhone and not for any other in-app unlocking. If the passcode is not set on the watch then follow the steps below.

  • Launch Watch app on the iPhone
  • Select Passcode
  • Turn Passcode on
  • Then enter the passcode you want to set

You have to enter the passcode for the first time you unlock your iPhone and then, Once you do that then all the attempts to unlock the iPhone with the Apple Watch will be successful with haptic touch. You have to re-enter the passcode each time you remove the Apple Watch and also for the first time you unlock the iPhone each day. Now let’s get on to how you can adjust the settings to use this feature.


  • iPhone X or later with iOS 14.5 or above installed
  • Apple Watch Series 3 or later with watchOS 7.4 or above installed

How to set up iPhone with Apple Watch for unlocking

  • Open Settings on the iPhone
  • Go to Face ID and Passcode
  • Enter the Passcode of your iPhone
  • Scroll down to ‘Unlock with Apple Watch’ and toggle the switch next to Apple Watch to green


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