Apple’s iOS 13.5 upgrade made your iPhone leap to your secondary procedure of authentication more quickly when you are attempting to utilize Face ID while wearing a face mask, but it is still an arduous process you need to experience whenever you would like to unlock your iPhone. IOS 14.5 fixes this by adding in a fresh auto-unlock alternative for those who also own an Apple Watch; I really do, and it is too great a feature to wait for.

I say”wait for” because iOS 14.5 isn’t technically accessible to the public, however. Apple’s analyzing the upgrade as part of a developer beta–this wonderful phrase that suggests you’re in for a possibly buggy experience if you choose to slap it on your iPhone right now. I go back and forth on this; I love having the ability to get the newest features, but having a sluggish or otherwise fussy iPhone–especially if it’s my primary device–isn’t the very best experience.

However, in such days, needing to tap-tap-tap my iPhone after I’ve gotten accustomed to the wonderful convenience of Face ID isn’t very fun, possibly. So much so, I believe I will go ahead and set up the iOS 14.5 beta. What’s the worst that could happen?

Steps to Unlock iPhone With Apple Watch

If you want to join me, here is how you can enter this normally-for-developers beta. To start, make a backup of your iPhone, if you are sending it into iCloud (via Settings > your Apple ID > iCloud > iCloud Backup) or connecting your iPhone to a computer and performing a manual backup. This is crucial since you’ll want to have the ability to revert back to your usual operating system if the beta is too buggy for your own tastes.

Unlock Your iPhone With Your Apple Watch

Unlock Your iPhone With Your Apple Watch

Next, open Safari on your iPhone and navigate over to Beta Profiles. Tap”Download” on the box to the iOS 14.5 beta and don’t be daunted by the warning display:

When prompted by your iPhone about downloading a configuration profile for your device, tap”Allow.” Once done, close Safari and open your Settings program. Harness General > Profile, in which you’ll find the profile that you just downloaded. Tap on it, and then tap Install in the upper-right corner. You’ll finally be asked to restart your iPhone as part of the installation procedure. Do that.

Unlock iPhone With Your Apple Watch

After your iPhone boots back up, tap Settings again, and then General > Software Update. You should now have the ability to get into the iOS 14.5 Developer Beta (in case it has not already started downloading).

Once it’s completed, you’ll come across the brand new Apple Watch-unlock attribute in Preferences > Face ID & Passcode. However, you will also have to repeat these very same steps to install the developer beta of watchOS 7.4 (updating your Apple Watch as you usually would in the end, instead of going to an iPhone’s Software Update section).

Unlock iPhone With Apple Watch

Unlock iPhone With Apple Watch

Don’t assume this handy feature will work each time you are utilizing your iPhone while sporting your Apple Watch. The feature, designed for a pandemic lifetime, needs your iPhone to detect that you are wearing a mask. Should it, and you are also wearing your (passcode-enabled and unlocked) Apple Watch, your iPhone will unlock automatically. If you are not wearing a mask, then you are going to have to unlock your iPhone in an old-fashioned manner.