Unlocking the iPhone with Face ID during the pandemic was a frustrating exercise, and with good reason. Instead of your iPhone being unlocked as soon as the screen lights up, you will be prompted to enter your PIN. It slows down the whole process and is incredibly annoying.
After you install iOS 14.5 (), you can instantly unlock your iPhone, so you don’t have to type in your PIN every time you want access, or take your mask off and put it back on.
Here’s the catch (because there’s always a catch): you’ll need an Apple Watch for this to work. Apple has itusers and brought it to iPhone. Below I’ll show you how to set up the new Face ID unlock feature and show you how it works.
Where to find and turn on Unlock with Apple Watch
Once iOS 14.5 is installed on your iPhone and installed on your Apple Watch WatchOS 7.4, you can turn on Unlock with Apple Watch with a few taps.
Open the Settings app on your iPhone, then select Face ID and Passcode, Enter your PIN when prompted. Then scroll down until you find the section with the title Unlock with Apple Watch. Your Apple Watch name should be listed there. Next to it is a switch to turn the feature on or off. Slide that switch to the On position and then back from the Settings app.
How to use the new unlock feature
In the future, when wearing a face cover, all you need to do is hold up your phone as you normally would to unlock it with Face ID. You will feel a haptic tap on your wrist, letting you know your watch has been used to unlock your phone.
However, the alert on your watch is more than just a confirmation that your phone is unlocked. It includes a button to lock your phone, in case it has been unlocked by someone else. It’s a security feature to make sure someone else doesn’t pick up and unlock your phone while you’re wearing a mask. While this is unlikely to happen, it is a reassuring fallback method to keep your data safe.
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