Now it is possible to use a face mask, if you keep an Apple Watch on your wrist, use a face mask. Here’s how to set up the new iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 features.
This feature, which lands today as part of an update to iOS 14.5, will allow the Apple Watch passcode to bypass the input prompt that usually appears after an unsuccessful Face ID attempt.
Now, with the companion Apple Watch slapping the user’s wrist, the attempt at Face ID will succeed even when only a small portion of the face is visible. You have to enable the new setting in iOS 14.5, but it can only be achieved in a few taps.
First of all, you have to head over to iOS 14.5 Settings> General> Software Update. You can do this over the air as usual, provided that you are connected to Wi-Fi and have a good amount of battery.
You will also have to download watchOS 7.4, which has also surfaced today. You can update your Apple Watch by tapping Settings> General> Software Update Directly connected to Wi-Fi Apple Watch with more than 50% battery.
Once both operating systems are updated, you can enable the unlock feature quickly. Get on the bus Scroll to Settings> Face ID and Passcode and unlock with Apple Watch. From there toggle the setting, which lists the name of your Apple Watch in ‘On’.
After that, the facility will be enabled. Users will “unlock Apple Watch iPhone” when any mask is detected. This is an important distinction. It doesn’t make your face look hidden behind a mask, just a mask.
Apple also states that users will receive a haptic notification on their watch that will enable them to re-lock the iPhone if they were not unlocked which were unlocked. This is important because once the feature is enabled, anyone wearing a mask can pick up your phone and unlock it, provided that the Apple Watch is also nearby.