Thanks to Apple Watch you can unlock your iPhone without having to take off the bezel and without having to enter the PIN.If you are wondering how to unlock the iPhone with the mask on , know that with the new iOS 14.5 update you can do it automatically through your Apple Watch .
For months we have been living with the most basic – and therefore fundamental – rules to avoid the spread of SARS-CoV-2: wash your hands, maintain the right social distancing, wear a mask. Let’s avoid listing the serious inconveniences of this historically difficult moment for the whole world, to face a decidedly banal one: the inability to use Face ID.
Unlock iPhone with bezel
If you own an iPhone it will be good that it is impossible to unlock the screen with Face ID (facial recognition) if you are wearing the mask. The only solution in these cases is to use the good old PIN.
If fingerprinting comes in handy with Android smartphones, for the most recent models (iPhone X, XS, 11 or 12) of Apple smartphones, all this is not possible.
If we think about it, for many it’s just a hassle to have to remove the mask or enter the PIN. For others, taking off the protection or typing the code with your hands could be an impossible or risky or unsafe gesture to make.
Apple has decided to intervene with the next iOS 14.5 software update which allows those who also use Apple Watch to use the two devices in combo to unlock the screen.
How to Unlock iPhone with Bezel with Apple Watch
In order to set up iPhone unlocking with your Apple Watch (Series 3 or later) know that both will need to be updated (iOS 14.5 or later on iPhone and watchOS 7.4 or later on Apple Watch).
After updating the two devices:
- Open SETTINGS on your iPhone
- Tap Face ID & CODE
- Enter the unlock code
- Scroll through the options to UNLOCK WITH APPLE WATCH
- Activate the option
To be able to actually unlock the iPhone with Apple Watch :
- Face ID needs to locate a face mask
- Apple Watch must be worn and unlocked and PIN protected
- the iPhone must be close
Know that the first time you try to unlock iPhone with this method, it will still ask you for the unlock PIN . Subsequently, they will take place automatically (the procedure will have to be repeated every time the Apple Watch is undone