Unlock Your iPhone While Wearing A Face Covering

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way we go about our daily lives, the use of face coverings are becoming a far bigger part of our adventures in the outside world. This is surely going to effect how iPhone users access their devices via Face ID? Or will it?

Step 1 – Go to the Settings App and tap on Accessibility. From here scroll down to Voice Control, which will be in the off setting and tap it.

Step 2 – Tap on Set Up Voice Control, skip through the short tutorial via the buttons on the bottom of the screen to turn Voice Control on.

Step 3 – From this screen, tap on Customise Commands to be taken to a new screen. From here tap on Create New Command.

Step 4 – You will need to enter the Phrase that you will use to activate this new voice command. It can be anything you wish but for this guide we will use “Unlock Phone”.

Step 5 – Now tap on the Action link, then Run Custom Gesture. This next step will seem a lot more difficult as you are going to need to tap your screen where you would enter your passcode.

Step 6 – This actually isn’t as hard as it may seem. Place your iPhone into Sleep mode by pressing the right side button. You will now need to fail Face ID until the keypad pops up.

Step 7 – Now lick your finger and type your passcode to unlock your iPhone. This will leave a gross but usable marker on your screen. Re-open the Run Custom Gesture screen.

Step 8 – Following your salvia markers tap the screen as you would to enter your passcode, once complete tap Done and then Save. Now clean your screen!

Step 9 – Now next time you want to unlock your iPhone when wearing a face cover, simply swipe up to unlock, which you will fail bringing up the keypad, then simply say “Unlock Phone” or whatever command you initially entered. Done…

Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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