Wearing a mask? Unlock your iPhone using Apple Watch

The spread of COVID-19 makes us all wear masks in our daily routine. So, for iPhone users, Face ID will not work if you try to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask. Apple fixes this issue for those who have Apple Watch and watchOS 7.4 and iOS 14.5 installed on their iPhone device.

As I wrote this guide, the software is in beta and you can now install the public beta. You can wait for the final feature release of iOS 14.5, and then you can unlock your iPhone if you wear a mask using the Apple Watch.



  • Apple iPhone with FaceID and Apple Watch.
  • Updated software must be installed on the iPhone and Apple Watch, iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 respectively.
  • Your Apple Watch should be on your wrist and close to the iPhone
  • Must be secured with a password and unlocked.
  • Also, make sure that the Apple Watch Wrist Detection feature is not disabled, otherwise you will not be able to unlock your iPhone using the Watch.

How to unlock Apple Watch

To enable the “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Face ID & Passcode option and enter the passcode when prompted.
  3. On the next screen, scroll down to the “Unlock with Apple Watch” section and turn on the switch to turn it on.

See also: Disconnect Apple Watch with or without iPhone

Now just light up your iPhone with a face mask and it will unlock and you will also see a notification on your Apple Watch ‘iPhone unlocked by this Apple Watch’. With this message there will be a “Lock iPhone” button that you can use to lock your iPhone from the Apple Watch and force you to enter the password or use the Face ID without wearing a mask .


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