Use Face ID While Wearing a Mask in iOS 15.4

Shortly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple made it so your Apple Watch could unlock your Face ID-enabled iPhone when you were wearing a mask. Starting in iOS 15.4, Apple has taken the next step and enabled Face ID on the iPhone 12 and later to work even when you’re wearing a mask. If you didn’t already set up Face ID with a mask after updating to iOS 15.4, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and enable Face ID with a Mask. You’ll have to run through the Face ID training sequence again, and more than once if you sometimes wear glasses, but it’s quick and easy. Face ID may not work quite as well when you’re wearing a mask, and it doesn’t support sunglasses, but it’s way better than having to enter your passcode whenever you’re masked.

It would have been nice to have received this feature a year or two ago, but even now it will be useful for many of us even if masking isn’t required in most places. I know many of us will continue to wear masks in crowded situations, on planes, and in medical offices, at least when the cold, flu, and Coronavirus are widespread. Or when we are feeling a little under the weather and don’t want to risk infecting others. At least this gets rid of one of the occasional annoyances.

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