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Can You Unlock the iPhone’s Face ID With Face Mask On?

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Can You Unlock the iPhone’s Face ID With Face Mask On?

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Trying to unlock the iPhone with Face ID while wearing a face mask is quite frustrating. Apple’s Face ID technology requires your nose, mouth, and eyes in order to work properly. 

Therefore, it will create a problem for those iPhone users who wear face masks in public. To deal with the issue, Apple iOS 13.5 introduces streamlined features. However, it does not work all the time. 

Dealing with the same issue and want to instantly get rid of it? Then, follow the guide till the end as here we are going to discuss some easy and effective techniques which will surely make the task easy for you.

Here’s How to Unlock the Face ID while Wearing a Face mask

Thoroughly follow the below methods and easily unlock the Face ID while wearing a mask in public.

Method 1:  Reset the Face ID

This is one of the simplest methods that you should try to reset the Face ID of your iPhone. To implement the task, follow the undermentioned steps.

Step 1

In the beginning, you have to navigate to the Settings section. Under here, scroll down and select the ‘Face ID & Passcode’ option. Alternatively, you can select the ‘Reset Face ID’ or set your masked face as another option.

Step 2

Once, you select the Setup Face ID or Setup Alternative Appearance, then the next thing that you need to do is to half-fold your mask so it can cover only one-half of your face.

After that, the ‘Face Obstructed’ message might appear on the display. In case, this message shows on the display, then you should slowly move the mask away from the center of your face. Then, you have to just cover the tip of your nose.

Step 3

Thereafter, ‘Move your head slowly to complete the circle’ might pops-up on the display. Next, what you have to do is to perform two scans of your face. Wait for a few seconds until you see the ‘Face ID is now set up’ message on the screen. 

Now, you should put the mask on your face and check whether this method is working or not.

Method 2: Use Set Up Alternative Appearance

However, according to a recent study, sometimes resetting the Face ID does not work all the time. Therefore, you have to keep patience or just have to enter the numerical passcode. 

Users also claimed that Face ID is still not working, even if they are not wearing a face mask. In such a condition, you are advised to try the Setup Alternate Appearance option rather than resetting the Face ID. 

To implement the task, you are required to follow the directions provided below.

  • First, move to the Settings section of your iPhone. Under here, choose Face ID & Passcode from the list of options.
  • This will lead to a new screen. Here, you should scroll below and select the Setup Alternative Appearance option. 
  • The next thing that you should do is to half fold your mask and place it on one side of your face as you did in the first method. Again, you have to complete the two Face ID setup scans procedure.

Finally, check whether you are able to unlock the Face ID or not. 

Method 3:  Use iOS 13.5 

On iOS 13.5 version, Face ID will detect your face before asking for the passcode or a PIN.  You can deactivate the Face ID on your iPhone. For that, again, open the Settings app on your iPhone. 

After that, choose the Face ID & Passcode option. This will open a new window. Here, you have to type your passcode. Now, in case, if you wish to turn off the Face ID for a particular task, for example, to approve the Apple pay purchase or to unlock the phone, then you should use the switch located at the top of the screen and deactivate the Face Id to unlock the iPhone.

This indicates that your iPhone doesn’t try to scan your face. Next, just swipe up the screen and type the passcode. Afterwards, deactivate the Face ID for Apple Pay. This indicates that you have to select ‘pay with a passcode’ button on the Apple Pay screen and to complete the transaction, enter the passcode.

But, remember, if you turn off the Face ID for specific tasks, you won’t be able to use Apple’s secure face unlock technology.

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