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Update your iPhone for facial recognition in iOS 13.5



  User unlocks iPhone with passcode while mask is worn without Face ID
Khamosh Pathak

In the age of coronavirus and contact tracking, even unlocking your iPhone with Face ID can be a hassle. Starting with iOS 1

3.5, Apple is going to make the process of opening your iPhone easier while wearing a mask, but not in the way you'd expect.

What is mask detection on iPhone?

The iOS 13.5 update makes some changes to the iPhone unlocking process on newer phones that do not include a fingerprint sensor. Instead of spending 3 to 5 seconds scanning your face to biometrically unlock your handset, once an mask is detected, your iPhone will drop you into the password screen.

Apple made this change to its mobile operating system because Face ID uses data points earned by mapping your entire face. Unfortunately, that technology cannot simply be changed to adapt to our new masking lives.

 Enter the password screen on iPhone with Face ID

It is also important to note that this new behavior is only for when your iPhone detects that you are wearing a mask. If your face is visible when you swipe up, your iPhone will spend a few seconds finding your face.

The Face ID Mask Detection feature is being rolled out worldwide and will be enabled automatically when you update to iOS 13.5. If you're not a fan, unfortunately you can't disable this feature either.

If you haven't already, it's time to update your iPhone.

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Do Masks Work with Older iOS Versions?

Before swiping iOS 13.5 up with a mask on, you still saw the scan text "Face ID" for 3 to 5 seconds before giving up and you were asked to enter the passcode.

You can try putting on an alternate look with the mask folded in half to get around it, but the results will be obscure at best.

RELATED: Using Face ID on Your iPhone While Wearing a Mask


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