All the ways to unlock an iPhone with a mask — 2022
The fact that the most modern iPhones only incorporate Face ID has been a significant disadvantage for unlocking it if you wear a mask. And this, in times of pandemic, is very tedious. Although it is also problematic if you wear any other item that covers your mouth and nose like a scarf or something similar. Luckily, and although it has taken a long time, Apple offers alternatives to be able to achieve recognition.
Natively (only on some iPhones)
From iOS 15.4 iPhones can be unlocked by wearing a mask. This version is still in beta with an official release expected at the end of March or beginning of April. In addition to that it will not work for all iPhones but for these few:
Once you update to that version, the possibility of choose yes to unlock the terminal with a mask or continue as before . The fact that it is only available on iPhone 12 and later has its origin in the Face ID detection system, which offers more recognition points in these generations, while in previous ones it would pose a risk to its security and effectiveness.
Having an Apple Watch
This feature was added in 2021 and allows those iPhone with iOS 14.5 or later They can be unlocked whenever we wear a mask thanks to the Apple Watch. For that, as is evident, you must have one of these watches linked to the iPhone and you must also have a version equal to or later than watchOS 7.4.
If you meet these requirements, you just have to take your iPhone and go to Settings> Face ID and code. Once there you must activate the corresponding unlock option with Apple Watch. And voila, your iPhone will know when you are wearing a mask and will automatically see if you are wearing the watch and, if so, the lock will be unlocked.
Bypassing the recognition system
There is unofficial method and that we already warned you that we do not recommend, but that in any case it exists and since the beginning of the pandemic it has spread among iPhone users.
For this you only have to deconfigure Face ID and proceed to register your face again, but in this case with a sheet of paper that covers the lower left part of your face and, in the next scan, with the mask on. In the video that we leave you below you can see the explanation in a more visual way.