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Ignore Face ID Mask Issues By Moving To Passcode Entry Screen – Tips & Tricks

Ignore Face ID Mask Issues
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to ignore Face ID mask issues? Face ID is amazing, but it works perfectly when all your feature’s eyes, nose, and mouth are fully visible to the TrueDepth camera. That’s the difficult case when you’re wearing a mask. It’s just like medical masks that we all wore during the COVID-19 crisis to protect ourselves, and others. Besides taking your mask off to unlock your iPhone, or wait until Face ID fails, just save yourself both time and frustration by ignoring the right to the passcode prompt using this super handy tip.

How to Face ID works

Well, it depends on your iPhone version, Face ID takes a few seconds or less to do its thing.

The depth-based facial recognition features automatically adjust to modify your appearance. But try to wear a mask and Face ID will experience problems matching your face to the enrolled facial data. After the scan of 5 unsuccessful Face ID in a row, Face ID gets temporarily turned off and iOS prompts the user to unlock the device after input their passcode.

Retraining Face ID by wearing half a mask

Some people are trying to limit this issue with some handy creative fixes. According to the Xuanwu Lab students, you must wear your mask folded in half while including an alternative appearance to Face ID just for this fix to work, somewhat.

The infrared TrueDepth sensor in some situations can view the face under the mask. But it isn’t reliable — you must re-train Face ID after switching to the latest mask with various fabric.

iOS 13.5 improves Face ID for mask wearers

Apple is going to make Face ID user-friendly for mask wearers in iOS 13.5 after bypassing facial scanning whenever the TrueDepth camera on an iPhone or iPad. Also, it detects that the user is wearing a mask, taking straight to the passcode entry screen.

As Daring Fireball’s John Gruber puts it:

I think firstly it is trying Face ID, but if it seems like you’re wearing a face mask, it gives up and goes straight to the passphrase screen. The difference is that until now, it also keep trying Face ID for additional seconds.

It makes the passcode input choices pop up faster, whenever your iPad or iPhone recognizes that you’re not wearing a mask. However, it’s definitely going to limit the friction a bit and make the experience of using Face ID after wearing a mask quite better.

What about older iOS versions

Currently, the iOS 13.5 update is testing and until it ships, we want to do what we recently have. However, a Face ID system can’t recognize mask wearers. Or will we?

Currently, if you’re not using iOS 13.5, what other methods are there beyond taking off your mask whenever Face ID is used. Also, it poses an unwanted health risk, or training Face ID after wearing a half mask, which is frankly, impractical and, not reliable to start with?

To view the answer to that question, make sure to follow our step-by-step guide right ahead to learn how to ignore Face ID fully and move straight to the passcode prompt.

How to ignore Face ID mask issues

Follow these instructions if you don’t need the iOS 13.5 updates installed on your device. But you simply ignore Face ID while wearing a mask and move to the passcode screen quickly:

Just click the Face ID text that seems in the middle of the screen during a scan.

This will ignore Face ID and take you to the passcode screen quickly. It results in faster unlocks vs. having your iPhone or iPad keep trying Face ID for additional seconds.

Once you input your passcode, the device will unlock. Apple ensures that you can still use Face ID from the passcode screen by moving up to begin a facial scanning session.

As Face ID is more secure than a good old’ password, you’re suggested to set a strong arbitrary-length alphanumeric passcode on your device. I want that this feature was more self-explanatory or prominent.

John Gruber again:

I have no idea this message seems like a button, and can’t guessed that it did. If there were some methods that on-screen elements that act like buttons could be made to seems like buttons.

I was unaware of the fact that it’s an actual feature, also I do this stuff for a living!


Here’s all about “Ignore Face ID Mask Issues”. I hope this article helps you to configure basic settings for keyboard accessibility. In case you face any difficulty or have any doubts, feel free to comment us down the section below.

Till then! Stay Safe 😷

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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