With the upcoming release of iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4With Apple, you can use your Apple Watch to authenticate and unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask. If you want to try the feature now, you can because Apple has released public betas for iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4.
Prior to these versions, face-recognition iPhone users who wore a mask could only unlock their phone by manually entering their passcode. This can quickly lead to problems. However, with the new updates, if your Apple Watch is unlocked (which it most likely is when it’s on your wrist) and as long as it’s around, trying to unlock your iPhone with a mask will leave you feeling a little bit Buzzs from your Apple Watch and iPhone should authenticate you.
However, this feature has some limitations. It only works to unlock your iPhone – it doesn’t work to authenticate things like App Store or Apple Pay purchases. As an added security measure, you still have to enter your passcode manually on your iPhone occasionally.
If you’d like the public betas to try the feature out, go to Apple’s beta program site. Note that you must first install the beta version of iOS 14.5 before you can install the beta version of watchOS 7.4. And be warned, because this is beta software, you may encounter unexpected bugs, crashes, and performance issues. Install with caution.