(NEXSTAR) Now that the global pandemic has been going on for over two years, Apple is finally making it easier for people to unlock their iPhones while wearing face masks.
New “Face ID with a Mask” option has been added to iOS 15.4 for iPhone models 12 and later. As a result of the new feature, users will no longer have to punch in their passcode to unlock their mobile devices while wearing masks or face coverings, saving them the time and hassle of having to do so.
Masked users will also be able to use Apple Pay and apps that require Face ID after the update.
Prior to activating “Face ID with a Mask,” users must open Settings and select Face ID & Passcode from the drop-down menu. In order for the device to recognize the “unique features around the eye area,” users are instructed to remove their masks during the setup process.
You must be looking at your phone to use face recognition technology even if a mask is covering your face.
Users who wear glasses can fine-tune the accuracy by selecting “Add Glasses” on the Face ID & Passcode screen once the initial setup is complete.
For those who wear face masks too high or close to their eyes, Apple has warned that they might not be able to unlock their phones when they’ve completed the setup process. According to the manufacturer, this feature necessitates that your eyes be unblocked.
As soon as the pandemic broke out, Apple set out to make it easier for people to unlock their iPhones when they were in public places where face masks were required. When the iOS 31.5 update was released in 2020, mask-wearing users could access the passcode screen more quickly. iOS 14.5 (released in 2021) added support for unlocking phones while wearing an unlocked Apple Watch by masking users.
In addition to Face ID, additional features and bug fixes have been added to this week’s iOS 15.4 update, including a new emoji set and an additional voice for Siri.