You can now use Face ID while wearing a mask – here’s how
It’s now available in iOS 15.4.
The last two years of mask-wearing has given Apple some hard choices to make with its Face ID recognition system. Now you can use it to unlock your iPhone, while still wearing your mask, and without needing to buy an Apple Watch.
Included in iOS 15.4, Apple has added a new section to the Face ID settings. When enabled, it “recognize[s] the unique features around the eye” to make Face ID work while you’re masked up.
How to set up Face ID with a face mask
You’ll need to be on iOS 15.4 for this to work (here’s how to update your iPhone to iOS 15.4). You’ll also need to have an iPhone 12 or newer, as Face ID with a Mask seems limited to newer devices. The option doesn’t appear on our iPhone 11 Pro.
Open the Settings app
Scroll down to Face ID & Passcode
Enter your passcode when asked
Scroll down to Use Face ID With a Mask and toggle it on
Follow the Face ID scanning prompts
Once completed, you will have Use Face ID With a Mask set up
That’s it, now your iPhone is all set to use Face ID while you’re wearing a mask. Apple does note that Face ID is “most accurate” when it’s set to full-face recognition.
Still, that’s the trade-off for not having to tap your passcode in to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask.
The new feature is only available in iOS 15.4. You’ll need an iPhone 12 or newer, as earlier iPhone models don’t appear to be supported. The new feature also isn’t supported on any iPad models.
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