Unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask, using Apple Watch

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Most of the people’s are never been a fan of Apple’s Face ID. They love to see Touch ID instead of Apple’s Face ID, make a comeback. Contempt for Face ID has risen even more as mask mandates continue, and have rendered the function virtually useless when in public. Fortunately, an alternative authentication method is right around the corner.

This feature is still in Beta Version but is no longer limited to Developers

On Thursday, Apple has released the public beta version for watch-OS 7.4, which expands the feature of “Unlock with Apple Watch” especially for iPhones, and hopefully in the future macOS can also. We first learned the functionality, when the beta rolled out to developers earlier this week with ‘Watch-OS 7.4’.

Unlock with Apple watch and has been available for quite some time but has only been compatible with macOS only. The feature will now work for regular users with iPhones updated to the upcoming iOS 14.5, which is also currently in beta testing and soon to be rolled out.

Unlocking iPhones with Apple Watch does not replace ‘Face-ID’ but acts as a secondary authentication method if the sensors can’t read your entire face, especially when you are wearing a mask outdoors. When this occurs, instead of presenting users with the passcode screen, the iPhone will ping their Watch wearing on wrist.

If it is unlocked and on the user’s wrist, it will send an authentication token on the Apple watch and if those two conditions are not met, the iPhone will present the user with the passcode screen as usual.

Unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask, using Apple Watch

To start using this feature, you will first need to update your Apple Watch to ‘iOS 14.5’ beta. As long as you have an Watch profile established on your device, the watch-OS 7.4 betas should become available once you have upgraded your iPhone device. Place your Apple Watch on the charger with your iPhone nearby-ON.

It must have at least 50% of charge before it triggers the installation process. Once installed you will find the activation toggle; in Settings,>> Face ID & Passcode >> Unlock with Apple Watch.

Note, that this feature only works with unlocking iPhones. For purchases or anything else that requires Face-ID authentication, you will have to either uncover your face or enter the pass-code.

Also, keep in mind here that you are dealing with the beta version only. You are likely to encounter bugs of various kinds, even ones that are unrelated to this feature. If you can’t risk a possible meltdown of either device, you’ll want to wait for the stable release update.

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