How to unlock iPhone with the Apple Watch | Step by Step Guide


Those who use any Mac updated to the latest versions of macOS know very well that it is possible, in a few simple steps, to enable lock screen unlocking through Apple Watch. However, not everyone is aware that, starting with version 14.5 of iOS, it is also possible to do this with iPhone. This operation obviously makes unlocking slightly less secure than with Face ID, but still ensures the simple use of the smartphone even if you wear the face mask. Waiting for you to finally get back to living without wearing anything on your face, let’s see how to enable iPhone unlocking with the face mask and Apple Watch.

Update the software

Before we see the actual activation procedure though, let’s figure out how to update the iPhone’s software in order to bring it to the required iOS version, namely 14.5. Below you will find the procedure a little easier and faster, but in case you want to delve into it, we invite you to read the article offered below.

  • Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone
  • Continue to “General
  • Click on “Software Update
  • If there is a new version available, click on “Download and install”.
  • Confirm the operation by entering the iPhone unlock code and accepting the terms of use

Please note that the required version will be iOS 14.5, so if you have an iPhone that does not support this version, you will not be able to proceed in any way.

Activate unlocking with Apple Watch

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At this point, we can move on to the actual activation procedure of unlocking with the Apple Watch. Obviously, the activation operations will be very simple and within everyone’s reach. In any case, we remind you that the unlocking with Apple Watch will happen only in case of need (and therefore when you wear the surgical mask or some other impediment on the face), as the unlocking will be done first of all with Face ID. Obviously, we will consider Apple Watch already properly configured with iPhone.

Also, it’s only fair to point out that, in order to complete the whole thing, you need Apple Watch to be in close proximity to iPhone, worn, unlocked, and obviously code-protected.

  • Open the “Settings” app on iPhone
  • Continue with “Face ID and code”
  • Enter the passcode
  • Scroll down and activate the toggle to the right of your Apple Watch name (at the bottom of the “Unlock with Apple Watch” section)

From now on, Apple Watch will be able to unlock an iPhone without the need to show your entire face to the front cameras. In addition, an alert will appear on the Apple Watch from time to time (and it will also emit haptic feedback), within which you can also lock the iPhone again in case unlocking occurs without the owner’s consent.


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