As the pandemic has turned our life upside down, many updates added in Apple devices to make our life easy. Now iOS 14.5 will allow you to unlock the iPhone even when you are wearing the masks with watchOS 7.4. This is because many users found it difficult to unmask and unlock their iPhone. So this update is useful to follow the safety protocols and also to unlock the phone easily. This will change how the face id will work to unlock the mobile. Know all the details about the latest update here.
What does the new feature consist of?
According to reliable sources, the new “Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch” feature will enable the user to unlock the phone when they are wearing the mask. The face id feature in the iPhone will detect if the user is wearing the mask. Then if the user is wearing an unlocked Apple watch the face id will unlock the phone too. But one thing the users have to keep in mind is that if they disable the Apple Watch wrist detection feature then the iPhone will not unlock with the Apple Watch.
Apple shared that iPhone can make use of the Apple Watch to unlock if the face id detects the user wearing the mask. The Apple Watch has to be near to the iPhone on your wrist and most importantly it has to get unlocked and secured by the passcode. For the security reasons, you can use the Apple watch to again relock the iPhone.
This is the second change Apple has done related to face id and face masks. Last year, Apple introduced iOS 13.5 which made it easier for the users to skip the Face ID prompt when wearing masks to get the passcode screen. The recent change is a major update on how the iPhone and the Apple watch can get used together. Many users asked Apple to add this feature during the Covid 19 pandemic as this feature makes unlocking easy.
How to make use of the new feature?
You have to get enrolled in the Apple Developer Program to get this feature. As of now, this feature is part of the developer beta. You will have to wait for Apple to release the feature in the public versions in a few months. But when it gets released you have to open your iPhone and go to Settings > General > Software Update. Then click on iOS 14.5 and install and download it on the phone. After that, you have to update the Apple watch too.
You can update it through the watch app on your iPhone or directly through the watch. This will help you to get the update and make use of the feature. Turn the new feature ON by going to settings and then to Face ID & Passcode > Unlock with Apple Watch.
If your Apple Watch is on your wrist then you can easily use it to unlock your iPhone even when wearing a face mask. However, you have to wait for the feature to release to benefit from it.