Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the masks have become mandatory. Observing the decrease in the mortality rate, using masks in public has become of utmost importance. Nothing has changed, the pandemic still exists but the masks have become the new normal. Now, people wear them more for personal safety and less because of a legal requirement.
But, one thing that has recently changed in our phone’s face recognition system is that they recognize us with masks. Unfortunately, not all phones can unlock with face masks. Only people who have iPhone 12 and iOS version 15.4 (released in March 2022) can use this feature.
Before iOS 15.4, the face recognition feature of Apple could easily recognize a person even with a face mask on. Apple made it possible only if you had an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone; you could easily unlock it even if you were wearing a mask. The Apple face ID (face recognition feature ) would recognize you even in the face mask.
So, the happy news is those days of removing masks to unlock your phone are gone. Technology is progressing day by day. Thanks; the 15.4 version of iOS gave everyone great relaxation and convenience by updating this feature.
How to Unlock your iPhone Wearing a Mask
To make it better, Apple keeps on tweaking something to the face recognition ID. You must have noticed that the face recognition feature does not recognize your face every time, the screen quickly jumps to the Passcode, and you open it by using the Passcode. The new iOS version has come up with all the needed things to solve this problem.
The release of the new iOS 15.4 caters to its users with exactly what they want, the ability of the iPhone to recognize a person with a mask. Thus, with this, the need for passcodes will end. Here is how to get started.
1. Update or install the new iOS version (15.4)
2. Land on the face ID, set up a page, and get started from there.
3. There will be an option of choosing Face ID with a mask. Please select it and move further.
4. Carry out your face scan procedure. No need to wear your mask while doing this.
5. Once it’s done, perform the ID set up again.
Now, in case of setting up the ID with a face mask on, you need to redo the scans with your mask. Some things need to be taken care of. Suppose you opted for “set up later” while setting Face ID with a mask. You can still activate it anytime.
See the below instructions to activate the setup.
1. Go to the settings on your iPhone.
2. In the Face ID settings, enable Face-ID with mask setup and again scan your face just like the abovementioned steps.
With this, the concern has been solved. But wait, did we miss out on something? Hmmm, yes, it’s generally asked questions. So, let’s move towards them.
Can I unlock my iPhone with Apple watch?
Yes, it is possible in IOS 14.5, and the watch should be 7.4. The Apple wearers can easily unlock their iPhone if they are wearing an Apple watch. Moreover, the proximity of your Apple watch to your iPhone should be close.
Can I use Passcode even after setting up FaceID with or without a mask?
Yes, you can. Usually, when your iPhone has FaceID set up, it tries to find your face. You need to swipe up the iPhone from the bottom and jump to your passcode screen. After swiping up, you will see FACE ID on the screen, just click on that and enter the Passcode afterward.
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