How to Unlock iPhone Face ID with a Mask

It’s essential to wear a face mask these days to keep yourself and others safe. But it can be a real hindrance if you use Face ID on your iPhone. Of course, you can always just enter your passcode. But we think it’s still helpful to share how to unlock iPhone Face ID with a mask on. This is especially great for medical professionals and other essential service workers who might need to use their phones while covered up in protective gear. Let’s check out the steps involved.

How to Unlock iPhone Face ID While Wearing a Mask

According to the Wall Street Journal, researchers at Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab have found that it’s possible to train Face ID to recognize that you’re wearing a surgical mask. They recommended folding a mask in half and going through the setup process for Face ID. Here are the steps you can follow:

Method 1

  1. Open Settings and choose Face ID & Passcode.Open Settings and Tap on Face ID & Passcode on iPhone
  2. Select Reset Face ID and then tap Set up Face ID.Reset Face ID and Then Tap on Set Up Face ID
  3. Fold your face mask in half and hold it partially in front of your face. Cover just the tip of your nose or you’ll get an error.First Face Scan Completed Tap on Continue
  4. If your iPhone says “Face Obstructed” move your mask slowly away from the center of your face until it asks you to “Move your head slowly to complete the circle”.
  5. Complete two scans of your face with the mask folded in the same way
  6. You will then see “Face ID is now set up”.Tap on Done to Set up iPhone Face ID with Mask
  7. Now, test if it works by putting on your mask as normal and seeing if you can unlock your iPhone.

In case this method doesn’t work for you, you can try the second option below:

Method 2

  1. Open Settings and choose Face ID & Passcode
  2. Tap Set Up Alternate Appearance.Open Settings Tap on Face ID and Passcode and Tap on Set Up Alternate Appearance
  3. Fold the mask and hold it on the other side of your face then you did in the first option above
  4. Complete two scans of your face with the mask folded in the same way
  5. Put your mask on, covering your whole face as usual, and check if it works to unlock your phone

Note: After setting this up, Face ID should also still work as usual when you’re not wearing a surgical mask.

Wrapping Up…

So does this method work for you? We know it’s not 100 percent consistent, but let us know in the comments below if it helped. Stay safe and healthy!

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Suraj is a digital marketing expert on the iGB's team. He contributes to the social media section along with tips and tricks for iPhone, Apple Watch. Apart from blogging, he likes to work out as much as he can in his gym and love to listening to retro music.