If you’ve already received the iOS 14.5 update from Apple, you would be happy to know that you can now use the Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone. Finally a solution that allows you to use iPhone without entering the passcode, even if you are responsible for wearing a face mask. NextPit shows you how easy it is to unlock.
If you are using an iPhone without Touch ID then you are certainly very familiar with the problem. For example, you might want to check your digital grocery list at the grocery store while wearing a face mask. Since Face ID has to scan your face in order to unlock the iPhone, it is practically impossible to do so when wearing a face mask as you will have to use the passcode instead. This is a cumbersome process and definitely a hassle, especially if you wear gloves in winter or on colder days.
With the iOS 14.5 update, Apple has finally found a solution to the problem. If you also use the Apple Watch in addition to the iPhone, you can also unlock the connected iPhone using this method. The Apple Smartwatch doesn’t even need your fingerprint to unlock your smartphone. Here is our guide:
How to unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch
By default, this feature remains disabled in iOS 14.5. To activate it, go to your iPhone’s settings and go to the “Face ID & Passcode” menu. As you can see in the screenshot, you will see an option to unlock via Apple Watch under “Unlock with Apple Watch”.
Once you’ve enabled the setting, you’ll need to re-enable this feature in a pop-up window:
To try it out, you must be wearing your Apple Watch and it must be unlocked as well. Now take your locked iPhone in hand or tap the screen to activate it. If face recognition fails, your Apple Watch will vibrate briefly and the iPhone will unlock. You will now have to get used to this process if you are wearing face masks.
Is unlocking less secure when wearing a mask?
The new method of unlocking, while not accessing biometric data, is still fairly secure. This is because data protection-related information such as Apple Pay cannot be accessed even when unlocking via the Apple Watch. In addition, this feature only works when your Apple Watch is connected to your iPhone.
You’ll also need to enter a passcode to use the Apple Watch. This is necessary every time you take them off and wear them again. This means that someone cannot simply grab your Apple Watch and iPhone and access your data.
What do you think of this neat new feature in Apple iOS 14.5? Have you tried unlocking with Apple Watch or do you prefer to unlock with a passcode while wearing a face mask?