iOS 15.4 Beta Lets You Use Face ID With a Mask On

The iOS 15.4 beta that was introduced today added a new feature designed to allow Face ID to be used with a mask and without an Apple Watch for authentication.

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Apple says that the feature can "recognize the unique features around the eye" for authentication purposes. If you opt to use this feature during setup, you will need to rescan your face for ‌Face ID‌. From there, ‌Face ID‌ will be able to unlock your iPhone even when you're wearing a mask.

In the Settings app, there's a new "Use ‌Face ID‌ with a Mask" toggle that can be turned on or off if you change your mind about the mask, and there's a new feature to "Add Glasses" to make ‌Face ID‌ more accurate when you're wearing glasses and a mask at the same time.

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Apple warns in the Settings app that ‌Face ID‌ is "most accurate" when it's set up for full-face recognition only. For ‌Face ID‌ with a mask to work, you must be looking at your device to get it to unlock, and it does not work when wearing sunglasses. ‌Face ID‌ with a mask can authenticate Apple Pay payments and it can be used in lieu of a login and password in apps that support ‌Face ID‌, unlike the prior Apple Watch ‌Face ID‌ feature.

It looks like the ‌Face ID‌ with a mask feature requires an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 model, as the feature is not available for users who have the ‌iPhone‌ 11 at this time.

Related Forum: iOS 15

Top Rated Comments

poematik13 Avatar
13 months ago
2 years late lol
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KentBunn Avatar
13 months ago

Well done apple, 2 years to late; in the uk we don’t need masks anymore so maybe apple should of done this 2 years ago, doesn’t seem like a hard thing for them to do
You clearly don't understand development cycles at all.

I'd rather have them not rush out features that create gaping security holes, TYVM.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
13 months ago
Wow! Finally. Much anticipated feature. Looking forward to activating this feature.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Think|Different Avatar
13 months ago
"Finally!" The Apple Watch unlock feature has been clutch for me but this is also good.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redheeler Avatar
13 months ago
It's about time. I don't have a Watch and this was the biggest reason Face ID was a downgrade over Touch ID immediately when I got my 13 Pro Max...yes masks are still required in some places.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JonathanLevine Avatar
13 months ago
All of this effort for making Face ID work when it can't even see most of your face and they refuse to just bring Touch ID back. Complete bull.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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