Face ID is the safest and fastest measure of biometric security, which allows us both release iPhone or iPad, without the need to enter PIN or password, as well as the validation of online transactions on banking applications. Also with Face ID we have quick access to confidential data from various applications, such as financial, secret photo galleries, personal notes, diaries and others.
With the pandemic, Face ID he showed his helplessness then when I wore a mask, and making a payment contactless by Apple Pay or simply unlocking a iPhone "At a glance" they became almost impossible.
For owners Apple Watch we have good news. The next final version of WATCH will allow replacing Face ID with Apple Watch then When iPhone detects that you have a mask on your face. This feature will be introduced in Watch 7.4, which is now in a fairly advanced beta development stage, and in order to activate the option it is also necessary update iPhone to the next version iOS 14.5.
How to enable Face ID replacement / unlock with Apple Watch when wearing a mask
The new option will be available in the menu "Settings"The iPhone the "Face ID & Passcode" under the "Unlock with Apple Watch".
Conditions that this Face ID replacement feature with Apple Watch is only available in the following scenarios:
- Apple Watch to be in the owner's hand, password protected (PIN) and unlocked.
- The face must be covered with a protective mask (nose and mouth). The option will not work if you have your face completely covered.
- Apple Watch to be updated to watchOS 7.4 (or newer version)
- iPhone to be updated to iOS 14.5 (or newer version)
The same way, Apple Watch will also be able to unlock / replace Face ID for iPad, with the launch iPadOS 14.5.
Apple Watch already has this option to unlock MacBook or Mac and security straws that required the system password. I wrote about activating the unlock Mac cu Apple Wacth here.
IOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 are expected to launch in the final version for the public, by the end of March 2021.Face ID will be replaced with Apple Watch when wearing a face mask