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Apple makes it easier to unlock, acknowledges that iPhone – which requires biometric data from your eyes, nose and mouth to unlock the phone securely – is challenging to use at the same time . This new form of Touch ID, which uses biometric data from your fingerprints and not from your face, highlights the problem of secure face locking during masking.
iOS 13.5, includes a streamlined process that does a good job and eliminates some, but not all, frustration. The iPhone SE, which has Touch ID and not Face ID, is an exception., but the latest before that,
After installing the new update, you no longer have to wait for Face ID to fail several times before being asked to enter your PIN. Now that Face ID is failing for the first time, or if you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, you can enter your PIN and unlock your phone or approve an Apple Pay transaction.
You now have two options: Leave Face ID alone and get used to the new password prompt or turn it off completely. For me, the update has made a big enough difference that I plan to leave Face ID activated all the time. Like me, many others choose to keep Face ID intact for easier unlocking at home, when they are not wearing a mask.
How Face ID works with iOS 13.5
The change of Face ID in iOS 13.5 is subtle and has no settings or switches for you to change. Face ID now only tries to recognize your face once before asking for a PIN or password. Alternatively, you can swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to go directly to the PIN prompt – no Face ID interaction required and your phone is still secure.
It took me a few tries to get used to the new method, but now that I’m more aware of the fact that I’m wearing a mask and that Face ID does not work, I’ve learned to swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen when I lift it up. It’s understandable to get frustrated with Face ID while you’re at the checkout trying to use Apple Pay as people queuing up behind you – but I think the new password command is a welcome feature.
No matter what you do, do not pull down the mask quickly to unlock your phone. Doing so primarily defeats the purpose of wearing a mask, which is to help slow down the spread of coronavirus through person-to-person transmission.
If you are too annoyed or frustrated with Face ID to use it, you can always turn it off.
Turn off Face ID on your iPhone
If you prefer to turn off Face ID, this is where you need to go. You can also fine-tune when used:
1. Open settings app on your iPhone.
2. Scroll down and tap Face ID and password.
3. Enter your password when prompted.
If you just want to disable Face ID for specific tasks, such as unlocking your phone or approving Apple Pay purchases, then use the slider at the top of the screen to turn off Face ID for iPhone unlocking. This means that your phone will not try to scan your face at all. Instead, when the screen wakes up on your phone, you swipe up and enter your password.
Then turn off Face ID for Apple Pay. This means that you have to press a Pay with a password on the Apple Pay screen, and then enter your code before the transaction can be completed.
By turning off Face ID for specific tasks, you can still use Apple’s secure face-unlocking technology when logging in to apps or approving App Store purchases. These are tasks that you are more likely to do at home right now, when you are not wearing a mask at all.
Another benefit of turning off Face ID for individual tasks is that you can re-enable it when you are at home without having to go through the Face ID setup process again.
Alternatively, you can turn off Face ID completely and use a password instead by pressing Reset Face ID and confirm your decision. You then use a password instead of Face ID to unlock your phone, Apple Pay and App Store purchases.
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