How to unlock an iPhone using Face ID if you have a mask on?

Wearing a mask has become an accessory that always accompanies us, fortunately Apple has foreseen this and has been updating it to provide us with the possibility of unlocking your iPhone even with a mask and even if you wear glasses. Of course, you will possibly require your Apple Watch to be able to unlock your mobile. If you want to unlock your iPhone in the fastest way, we will show you how to do it.

From the version 14.5 is possible but also if you have version 15.4 you will be able to unlock your mobile in a better way. Today we will tell you two ways to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask.

What versions of iOS unlock the mobile using Face ID even when wearing a mask?

You have to have version 14.5 or final version 15.4 so you will require an iPhone 12 or 13. Well, the last mentioned requires Face ID of the second generation. However, you have to pay attention to the updates, for that you must see if you have updated the mobile, which you can do in the section of General.

Here you have to enter ‘Software update’ and check for updates. And if you have version 14.5 you also have to keep an Apple Watch charged, we recommend that you have it in a 50% battery or more.

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Under what conditions is an iPhone unlocked using Face ID with a mask on?

If you have iOS 15.4 it will be very simple, because once installed you will see an invitation to configure Face ID with the mask. You will only have to press the invitation or if you do not, then you will have to go to the settings, and enter the Face ID section, and here you have to activate ‘Use Face ID with a mask’ here you will configure this form again security, you have to put your face centrally and turn your head.

You have to do it without a mask and without glasses, then you will have to add your glasses and your mask, that is, you must take a photo with both (if you use them). Although you have to keep in mind that you will not be able to do it with sunglasses. We remind you that if you have an iPhone you can easily protect Google Drive with Face ID lock.

How to unlock an iPhone with Face ID if you have a mask?

If it is with the version of iOS 15.4 then after configured you must put yourself in front of the camera and that’s it. But if you have iOS 14.5 then there you must do it is with your Apple Watch, and this you must configure it. To configure your Face ID you will have to enter the Face ID settings and select ‘Unlock with Apple Watch’ here you must activate it, if you have several you must activate the one you use daily.

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You may have to enter a previously set code or password to activate this option. Yes, your iPhone it will unlock when you have the watch nearby, you have to take that into account. But your Apple Watch will notify you every time it is unlocked, yes, you will still have to use Face ID.

What to do if the Face ID of your iPhone does not unlock the device when wearing a mask?

Actually this shouldn’t happen because once you put your face in front of the device, it should unlock, but it can happen because Face ID it does not recognize faces at long distances or at dubious angles. The maximum distance is approximately 50 cm.

In the same way we will tell you some things you can do, also keep in mind that you can enter the official Apple page and see all the information it gives you about Face ID.

If you have an Apple Watch

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As we have already told you, if you have an Apple Watch you will be able to unlock your mobile, but you have to meet certain requirements, and of course be activated. The FaceID you should detect the mask, your watch must be on or as close to your wrist as possible, it must be unlocked, and it must have a password enabled. Otherwise, you will not be able to unlock your mobile.

Placing a pattern

If, apart from Face ID, you have an established pattern to unlock your phone, you can use it as many times as you want, but you can’t go wrong because the phone won’t unlock. Be careful and if you can’t get it unlocked then you can try to take off your mask and do it, if you can’t then you should think about revert to factory settings or to go to a specialist who can help you. If you occasionally need to reset your iPhone to its factory data and make it like new, you can do it yourself.