If you are getting frustrated by the extra steps necessary to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask you might like to try this trick that means you can set up Face ID to recognise you even if your face is covered.


Wearing a mask is becoming more commonplace around the world, with masks a requirement of using public transport & enclosed public spaces such as supermarkets and shopping centres and airports.However wearing a mask brings a problem: people wearing masks are finding that they can’t easily unlock their iPhones. One of the problems with wearing a mask is that it makes unlocking your iPhone difficult if you rely on Face ID. This is a problem for all iPhone users from iPhone X onwards, as the newer generations rely on facial recognition instead of fingerprint recognition (not that fingerprint recognition is easy if you are wearing gloves).An iOS update (iOS 13.5) arrived earlier in the year that meant that users are now able to swipe upwards on the iPhone to dismiss the requirement for Face ID and instead unlock using the passcode. But while we await that update – and for those who don’t want to have to enter their passcode every time – how can you set your iPhone to unlock via Face ID if you have a mask on?

How to set iPhone to unlock with a mask on

Here we will share the trick that will allow you to set up facial recognition on your iPhone so that it recognises you even with your face half covered by a mask. Before we run through the steps please note that we had to try this several times until we were able to set up reliable face recognition, but it is possible.

  1. Fold your face mask in the middle and attach the two eyelets to the ear, hold the mask with one hand in your face so that it covers it exactly in the middle.
  2. On your iPhone go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode enter your passcode.
  3. Select the Set Up an Alternative Appearance option. (If you have already set up an alternative appearance you won’t have this option. You will need to reset your Face ID and set it up again.)
  4. You will be invited to set up Face ID. You may see a warning that your face is covered, but in our experience after a couple of tries this message will disappear.
  5. Follow the steps on screen to allow the True Depth camera to take its measurements and the circle appears guiding you to rotate your face in a circle.
  6. Wait while it takes the first scan of your face.
  7. Before the True Depth camera starts its second scans remove the mask and cover the other side of your face.
  8. Once the second scan is completed you should be able to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask.

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