iOS 15.4—How To Unlock Your iPhone While Wearing A Mask | #ios | #apple | #iossecurity


Apple’s iOS 15.4 is finally here, along with a bunch of brilliant new features. One of the most useful of these is the ability to open your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask.

Apple fans have been asking for the headline iOS 15.4 feature for two years now, along with the return of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Shopping or travelling while wearing a mask has been a pain, despite Apple’s half-hearted solution that allowed you to unlock your iPhone using your Apple Watch.

Granted, the new iOS 15.4 feature is too late, but many people are still wearing masks—plus they are mandatory in certain situations and scenarios.

For some, the iOS 15.4 feature worked right away, but when I first tried it, I was disappointed. Every single time I tried to use Face ID to unlock my iPhone, I was prompted to enter my PIN code instead.

But after I’d used it a few times, it seemed to settle in and work. I’ve now been using the iOS 15.4 feature a lot, wearing both basic surgical masks and KN95s—and the new Face ID feature works every time.

How to use the new iOS 15.4 feature

So here’s the big question. How do you use the new iOS 15.4 feature? It’s easy—the first thing you’ll need to do is upgrade your iPhone to iOS 15.4 by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

During set up, you’ll be asked if you want to use the new feature and then you’ll need to allow your iPhone to perform a detailed scan of your face as you did when you set up Face ID in the first place.

If you’ve already updated to iOS 15.4, go to Settings > Face ID and Passcode. Once you have entered your passcode you can toggle on Face ID with a mask, and add glasses if you wish.

It’s a great feature, but as a security journalist I must warn, it’s not as secure as full Face ID. Face ID is “most accurate” when it’s set up for full facial recognition only, Apple says. “To use Face ID while wearing a mask, iPhone can recognize the unique features around the eye area to authenticate,” the iPhone maker adds.

For extra security, you must also be looking at your iPhone to use Face ID while wearing a mask.



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