Apple Watch owners have a new option to easily unlock their iPhones when wearing a face mask. The global pandemic has made it more difficult to unlock iPhones using Face ID, given that the TrueDepth camera looks to match an entire face. With the mouth and nose covered, this process mostly ends up with the user entering a passcode. Some have tried to train their iPhones to recognize a mask, but there is a more secure way.
Wearing a mask means that iPhone owners may run into problems unlocking their devices with Face ID. While its possible to train Face ID to work with a mask, your mileage may vary. There are other ways to quickly bypass Face ID, or configure an iPhone to ask for a passcode by default. Any of these tips can speed access to an iPhone without taking off a protective mask.
The iOS passcode, along with Face ID or Touch ID, keeps personal information on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch secure. Rarely the passcode can become an inconvenience, which is why there's an option to switch the passcode off. Temporarily turning off the passcode, or removing it from a device permanently requires entering the existing passcode.
Renewed attention has come to the iOS passcode in recent days. New tools such as the GreyKey iPhone unlocker are popping up in the news, already in use by law enforcement. Of course, it could be a matter of time until such devices are widely available.
When it comes to iPhone security, you can never be too careful. Considering the amount of personal information – not to mention money – the average iPhone user puts into their device, any additional measures you can take to help make sure that it’s all safe is time well spent.