How to unlock iPhone with Face ID while wearing a face mask


MORE of us are having to wear masks and that’s led to some people having issues opening their iPhone via Face ID.

However, Apple has worked on an update to try and remedy this and there’s also a trick you can try to get around the problem.

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Although it doesn’t have a 100% pass rate, researchers at Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab discovered that you can technically train Face ID to recognise you with a mask on.

It involves setting up the biometric system while wearing half a mask.

First you’ll need to go to “Settings” and click on “Face ID & Passcode”.

You can either select to “Reset Face ID” or set up your masked face as an “Alternate Appearance”.

Click your choice and then wear your mask but fold it in half so it’s only on one half of your face.

Your phone may give you a “Face Obstructed” message.

If this happens move the mask slowly away from the centre of your face and only just cover the tip of your nose.

You should eventually get a “Move your head slowly to complete the circle” message.

Then you’ll be asked to do two scans of your face.

Your iPhone should then read “Face ID is now set up”.

All you need to do now is put your mask on and test it out.

The researchers who found this method did note that it doesn’t always work so you may need to be patient or to just use your numerical passcode.

Face ID should still work when you’re not wearing a mask at all.

If you’re still having problems you can go back into “Settings”, follow the steps above but try using a mask on the other side of your face.

You can also try “Set Up Alternate Appearance” instead of resetting the whole thing.

Apple also released an update to try and make life easier for masked Face ID users.

Back in May, software update iOS 13.5 contained a feature that simplified the Face ID process.

It means masked users no longer have to wait through several failed Face ID attempts to enter their passcode.

After the first time your phone recognises that your nose and mouth are covered, it should automatically prompt you to swipe up and enter your PIN.

This could encourage people not to take off their masks when they don’t have to.

It’s important to note that this feature should not make Face ID any less secure.

Alternatively, you could just turn Face ID off altogether.

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