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How to Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch While You Are Wearing a Mask

Wearing masks in the public is the new normal. I guess it is the iPhone users who are left out with this, from my personal experience. Unlocking your FaceID enabled iPhone in public is quite a task since Face ID does not recognize you with a mask on. To tackle this, your Apple Watch can pair up with iPhone and help you. In short, you can unlock iPhone with Apple Watch without bothering about Face ID.

Here is a simple guide for a trick that lets you unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch straight off.

How to Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch

Apple seriously started thinking about situations where people cannot use FaceID post-COVID. If you have an Apple Watch paired to your iPhone, you are lucky enough to unlock iPhone without using FaceID from now on. Let us see how to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch.

Above all, make sure your Apple Watch has a passcode set to unlock it. Otherwise, the trick does not work. So, first, go to your Apple Watch and set a passcode for your Apple Watch. We have a complete guide to lock or unlock Apple Watch with a passcode.

After setting a passcode for your Apple Watch, open the Settings on your iPhone.

iPhone Face ID and Passcode Settings

Scroll down and go to “Face ID & Passcode” from the settings. Enter your current screen lock passcode to move forward.

From the Face ID settings, you will see your Apple Watch’s name under “UNLOCK WIH APPLE WATCH.” Toggle it on.

Enable Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch

Confirm to enable Apple Watch unlocks iPhone option on the popup menu.

Related: How to Unlock Mac with Apple Watch

Now you are all set to unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch. When you are in public with a mask on, simply raise your wrist and unlock your Apple Watch with a passcode. Once you do it, your iPhone will be unlocked automatically with haptic feedback on your watch.

iPhone Unlocked with Apple Watch

Note: You must have WatchOS 7.4 and iOS 14.5 or above to get the Unlock with Apple Watch feature on iPhone.

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Wearing your Apple Watch outside is not a bad idea when you can unlock your iPhone with a mask on, without depending on the FaceID. But hey, we have another guide to unlocking your Apple Watch with iPhone if you are curious to know-how. Hope you have clarity on how to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch.

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