How To Unlock Your iPhone With Your Apple Watch
Apple’s iOS 14.5 is released now, and it comes with the ability to have your Apple Watch unlock your Face ID-protected phone if you are wearing a mask, it is a huge problem these days when you are wearing a mask and your iPhone didn’t recognize you and you have to pull down your mask every time when you want to unlock the phone. This new update will make it a lot easier to get through your day without having to enter your passcode each time you need to use your phone. As long as you are wearing your Apple Watch, you will be able to unlock your iPhone just by turning on the screen.
Once you have installed iOS 14.5 (and watchOS 7.4), it’s easy to allow the feature that lets you unlock your iPhone with your watch.
To turn on the function:
- Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode, and go down to the new Unlock With Apple Watch option.
- Toggle it on to turn on the feature. That’s it, you don’t have to do anything on the watch.
First, and most significant to note, is that your phone isn’t looking for your face with a mask, it’s looking for a face with a mask. With this feature on, anyone wearing a mask can able to unlock the phone with no problem if I was within three or so feet. Apple even warns you about this feature when you turn the feature on.
Apple’s solution to this is whenever your Apple Watch is used to unlock your phone, the watch hums you, along with a notification saying your phone has been unlocked and a key to lock it. Pressing that lock button instantly locks your phone and requires a passcode on the next unlock.
With that problem out of the way. I tried it with a variation of masks, and it operated with all of them for me. It is worth noting again that the phone is looking for a face with a mask, so this option won’t help you if your phone is resting on the desk and you try to unlock it — because the Face ID can’t see you.