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Apple’s iOS 14.5 Now Enables iPhone Users Unlock Device With Face Mask On

A new update to Apple’s iOS allows iPhone users to unlock their devices using Face ID while wearing a face mask, but they must also have an Apple Watch for the feature to work. 

The feature, part of Apple’s iOS 14.5 update, works with the iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 models onwards. 

To securely unlock their devices, users must first wear an unlocked Apple Watch nearby.

Next, glancing at the iPhone allows it to detect a mask. Users will then receive haptic feedback from their watch, meaning their phone has been unlocked.

The “Unlock With Apple Watch” function can be found under Face ID & Passcode in Settings.

This will allow the phone to bypass facial recognition.

Further, Apple has also introduced a privacy tool, App Tracking Transparency.

It lets users choose whether or not to allow apps to “track their data across apps or websites owned by other companies for advertising, or share their data with data brokers”.

Simply go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode, and scroll down to the new Unlock With Apple Watch option.

Toggle it on to turn on the feature.

If you can’t find the “Unlock With Apple Watch” option, this means you probably did not update your device to the latest iOS 14.5. Make sure you do that first.

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