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How to use your iPhone’s Face ID with a mask on

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Apple just released its iOS 15.4 update, which means you can finally unlock your phone through Face ID when you’re wearing a mask.

Notably, this feature works only on iPhone 12 and beyond, so if you’ve got an older version, you’re out of luck. But thankfully, in 2020, Apple introduced a feature of quickly bringing up the passcode screen if the iPhone detects a mask.

The feature is not turned on by default, and you will have to enable this option manually from the settings menu.

Before you do that, don’t forget to upgrade your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Software Update, and installing iOS 15.4. Here we go:

  • Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode on your iPhone.
  • Enter your passcode, and scroll down to the Face ID with a mask option.
Setting up Face ID with mask