Unlock An iPhone With An Apple Watch – Here’s How

How to use the new 'Unlock with Apple Watch' iPhone feature - 9to5Mac

  • you can your iPhone Right away Apple Watch, which is useful if you are wearing a mask or Face ID can’t identify you.
  • You need to make sure your watch has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a passcode, and wrist detection configured.
  • When you turn on Unlock with Apple Watch on iPhone, it will be unlocked automatically when you raise your wrist or tap the screen.

If you wear a face mask, the iPhone’s Face ID is less effective at unlocking your phone automatically than it used to be. If you have an Apple Watch with WatchOS 7.4 or later and an iPhone with iOS 14.5 or later, you can still avoid entering a passcode: the Apple Watch can automatically unlock your phone for you.

Unlock an iPhone with an Apple Watch

Before turning on the automatic Unlock with Apple Watch feature, make sure your Apple Watch is properly prepared. It should already be properly set up and paired with your iPhone. Then do this:

1. press the Digital crown to see the list of watch apps and tap the Settings app.

How to unlock your iPhone with an Apple Watch
Depending on how you’ve configured your watch, the apps appear in a grid or list form.Dave Johnson

2. Crane Wi-Fi and make sure it’s enabled, with the button swiped to the right.

How to unlock your iPhone with an Apple Watch
Make sure Wi-Fi is turned on in Apple Watch settings.Dave Johnson

3. Press arrow back in the top left corner, then tap Bluetooth.

4. Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled, with the button swiped to the right.

5. Press arrow back.

6. If you haven’t set a passcode on your watch yet, tap Access code, crane Enable passcode and then enter a passcode twice to set it up.

7. While still in the Access code section, make sure Wrist Detection is turned on by swiping the button to the right.

How to unlock your iPhone with an Apple Watch
Wrist detection must be turned on for Apple Watch Unlock to work properly.Dave Johnson

Now it’s time to enable Unlock with Apple Watch.

8. On your iPhone, launch the Settings app.

9. Crane Face ID and Passcodeand then enter your phone’s passcode when prompted.

10. In the Unlock with Apple Watch section, turn the feature on by swiping the button next to your watch to the right.

How to unlock your iPhone with an Apple Watch
The Unlock with Apple Watch control is located in the iPhone’s Settings app.Dave Johnson

Now your phone should unlock automatically when you lift the phone or tap the screen even if your face cannot be recognized. Note that it may take a few seconds for this feature to work, but your watch will vibrate to let you know that the phone is unlocked.


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