Security

How to fix Apple Watch won't unlock iPhone

unlock iPhone with Apple Watch face covering

Some iPhone owners have encountered problems unlocking with Apple Watch. The issue can be especially inconvenient when trying to unlock the iPhone with a face covering. The issue crops up inconsistently on iPhone 13 models with iOS 15 installed. Luckily, Apple has acknowledged the issue and delivered a fix. There are other tweaks included in the fix for minor bugs as well.

How to factory reset Apple Watch

Apple Watch SE

Selling or trading in a used Apple Watch? The best way to protect personal data before handing over your old device is to factory reset. Following this procedure wipes the Apple Watch clean, leaving it set up with the default configuration found new in the box. Apple Watch data is largely backed up on iCloud and via the paired iPhone, so owners can transfer this information to a new watch.

How to make iPhone require a passcode

iPhone passcode required

The most secure way to protect personal information on an iPhone is with a strong passcode. While Face ID and Touch ID make it convenient to access devices on a daily basis, in some situations forcing a passcode requirement improves security. Forcing passcode entry is more difficult than invoking Face ID or Touch ID against the device owner's will.

Holding an iPhone up in front of someone's face can easily unlock the device. In similar fashion, all it takes is one fingerprint to render everything accessible from the iPhone home screen.

Should I update my iPhone to iOS 14.8?

iOS 14.8 security update

When it comes to iOS security updates, the answer is always to install the latest software as soon as possible. iOS 14.8 is no different, however the launch of iOS 15 is only days away. While iOS 14.8 patches a serious iPhone vulnerability, the same problem is also fixed in iOS 15. iPhone owners currently running iOS 14 have two choices when it comes to dealing with this security threat.

How to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch

Unlock with Apple Watch

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.

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