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Apple has a new update that will let you unlock your phone while wearing a mask

New software update lets people unlock their iPhones using Face ID — if you have an Apple Watch

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An iPhone displays a Facebook page.

In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo An iPhone displays a Facebook page in New Orleans on Aug. 11, 2019. Apple dropped the new iOS 14.5 software update this week for iPhones and iPads. The update includes a new option that will allow you to unlock your phone with a mask on.

Jenny Kane, Associated Press

It’s one of the more frustrating experiences of the modern day — trying to unlock your iPhone with Face IDwhile wearing a face mask. Well, Apple has finally provided a solution, if you have an Apple Watch.

Apple adds new iOS 14.5

Apple dropped the new iOS 14.5 software update this week for iPhones and iPads. The update includes a new option that will allow you to unlock your phone with a mask on.

  • To update your phone, first backup all your iPhone data on your computer. Then, add your device to a charger and connect to Wi-Fi. Head to Settings, then General, then Software Update, according to Fast Company.

How to unlock your iPhone with a face mask

Right now, Face ID — which uses facial recognition — doesn’t work when you’re wearing a mask since your face is covered.

  • But if you have an Apple Watch on your wrist, your phone will unlock when you open it up since the two devices are synced. Your watch will send you a notification to let you know the phone is unlocked, per BuzzFeed News.
  • If you don’t have an Apple Watch, there really isn’t an option for you, according to BuzzFeed News.

Is this a problem?

Just a note — this could present a problem. According to The Verge, the phone “isn’t looking for your face with a mask.” So there’s a chance someone else could unlock your phone if your Apple Watch is nearby.