How to turn off Face ID and use a PIN to unlock your iPhone instead

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There’s no debating that wearing masks is a part of our lives now — at least for a few months. If you’re wearing a mask, you won’t be able to unlock your iPhone through Face ID.

At the moment, we don’t know if Apple plans to enhance its Face ID feature to work with a mask. There’s a workaround that lets you register an alternative masked appearance, but it’s kinda hit-or-miss, and so we can’t confidently recommend that.

So, the best way to use an iPhone with a mask is to turn off Face ID and use a PIN instead. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Go to Settings> Face ID & Passcode
  • Enter your passcode
  • Turn off the toggle for iPhone Unlock through Face ID.

Once you follow this procedure, you’ll be able to unlock your iPhone through a passcode.

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