How to use Face ID while wearing glasses and a face mask

Apr 24, 2023, 11:57 AM UTC
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How to use Face ID while wearing glasses and a face mask
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Face masks have become an essential accessory to protect ourselves and others (especially during the pandemic). However, they can pose a challenge when it comes to unlocking your iPhone using Face ID. Face ID uses facial recognition technology to unlock your iPhone, but wearing a mask can often cause a hindrance in the process, especially if you wear glasses. However, there are ways to overcome this issue and make Face ID work accurately with glasses and a face mask.

Setting up Face ID with Glasses

If you wear glasses, it’s essential to set up Face ID with them on. When you set up Face ID, the technology captures an image of your face and creates a mathematical model that’s used to recognize you. If you don’t wear your glasses during the setup process, your iPhone may not recognize you when you’re wearing them.

To set up Face ID with your glasses on, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap “Face ID & Passcode.”
  2. Scroll down and tap “Add Glasses.”
  3. Tap Continue when asked, then follow the onscreen instructions.

If you wear multiple pairs of glasses, you can add them to Face ID to improve its accuracy. Face ID can store up to four pairs of glasses in its database, allowing you to switch between them seamlessly.

Related: How to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask

Face ID with a mask and glasses can be tricky, but there are a few things you can do to improve its accuracy. Firstly, make sure that your glasses and mask are clean and properly adjusted. Face ID relies on being able to see your eyes and the area around them, so any obstructions or reflections can affect its accuracy.

If you’re wearing a mask with ear loops, make sure that it’s snugly fitted around your nose and chin. A loose-fitting mask can cause the fabric to move around, which can cause the iPhone to lose sight of your face.

Related: How to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch while wearing a mask

If you’re still having trouble with Face ID while wearing a mask and glasses, try entering your passcode manually. Your passcode is always an option, even if Face ID isn’t working correctly.

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