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Unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask

Like many people, I have gone from not having any face masks other than PPE for chemical exposure to having a small collection of the things for use when I’m out and about. That’s all well and good, but wearing them means that I have to use my code to unlock my iPhone, which gets annoying.

With the release of iOS 14.5, Apple has implemented functionality to allow you to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask – if, that is, you’ve got an Apple Watch which is unlocked. It is functionally the same feature that lets you unlock your Mac. Here’s how you set it up:

1. Open Settings, and go to Face ID & Passcode:

2. Scroll down to Unlock with Apple Watch, and enable the feature using the radio button:

3. Tap “Turn on” in the dialog box that pops up:

That should see you sorted. It took a few minutes to activate when I set it up. You’ll receive a notification on your watch when the iPhone unlocks, and gives you the option to lock the iPhone from the watch if you want to do so.

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