iOS 14.5: how to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch

iOS 14.5 has been available since yesterday and it brings many new features, all listed in this folder . Among these new features, there is one that stands out: the possibility of unlocking our iPhone with our Apple Watch.

Face ID, as you probably already know, has always been a differentiator on iPhone.

iOS 14.5: how to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch

Not content with being secure, the facial recognition system developed by Apple is also very fast and allows you to unlock the iPhone in an instant. Even in the middle of the night.

However, as efficient and secure as it is, the system still has a flaw: it only works when the face is completely uncovered. Which is quite complicated these days, when wearing a mask is essential.

Apple, for its part, has worked on the subject and the firm has therefore devised a new identification system based on the Apple Watch. System available with iOS 14.5 and which we will configure together.


Before you begin, you'll need a couple of things, starting with an iPhone and an Apple Watch.

Then, you will have to make sure to update these two devices with the latest versions of iOS and watchOS, namely:

  • iOS 14.5 on iPhone;
  • watchOS 7.4 on the Apple Watch;

Once everything is in order, you can move on to the next step.

How to set up Apple Watch ID on iPhone

Apple has always been keen to make its platforms and services as accessible as possible. This new identification system is no exception to the rule and you don't have to be a connoisseur of the brand's environment to activate it.

Once your iPhone and Apple Watch have been updated, clip the latter around your wrist.

Then, on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Unlock the iPhone;
  • Go to “Settings”;
  • Go to “Face ID and code”;
  • Enter your code;
  • Scroll down the page;
  • Look for the “Apple Watch of XXX” option;
  • Activate it;

It will take a few seconds to activate the function. Once it is effective, you will no longer need Face ID or your passcode to unlock your iPhone. Identification will be done through your Apple Watch.

Apple has also done things well. The process will start as soon as you take your phone in hand. There will therefore be no waiting time when unlocking.

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