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With iOS 14.5, the iPhone has the ability to unlock it with the Apple Watch. But that will probably not work automatically. Because there are some requirements and settings that must be observed beforehand. If you want to unlock your iPhone with the Apple Watch, you will find the most important information here. I'll list the official requirements, show you the settings under iOS and give you a little step-by-step guide. Have fun trying.
The whole thing does not work with all iPhones and not with every model of Smartwatch. You need at least an iPhone X (2017) or a newer iPhone with Face ID. IOS 14.5 or later must be installed on this. The smartwatch must be an Apple Watch Series 3 (2017) or later with watchOS 7.4 or later. Furthermore, Apple mentions the following points to be fulfilled:
If you have ticked off all of the above, it may still be the case that you are not yet able to unlock the iPhone with your Apple Watch. Because you probably have to take a quick look at the iPhone's settings app. This is the exact procedure:
The "Unlock with Apple Watch" option will not be displayed if an Apple Watch is not yet paired with your iPhone. If the menu item is missing, you first have to connect your Apple Smartwatch to the mobile phone.
If you are out and about, shopping in the supermarket, on public transport or the like, then you are probably wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose. That of course throws Face ID in the way. But if everything is set up according to the information given above, you can use your iPhone quickly and easily as follows without removing the mask or having to enter the iPhone code:
You can find more information and screenshots on the topic in the official Support document from Apple.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.