Wearing a mask is good for keeping you safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it makes unlocking your iPhone using facial recognition extremely difficult.
TikTok user @kaansanity showed off step-by-step instructions of how to use Apple’s accessibility features to create a voice command to unlock your iPhone.
“I'm gonna show you how to unlock your phone with your voice,” he begins in the clip which has been viewed more than 5.7 million times and counting.
You then start by going to the Settings app on your iPhone and scrolling down to select Accessibility.
Then scroll down and select Voice Control.
From there you choose Customize Commands and tap Create New Command. Here you type in the phrase that will unlock your phone. In the clip, he uses “open sesame” as his example. Once you’ve typed in your selection hit Action.
Then select Run Custom Gesture. At this point, you will need to physically tap out your PIN code, but the numbers won’t be on the screen. While you’ll need to know where to tap on the screen, you’ve probably done it so many times that it shouldn’t be too hard to replicate.
After successfully tapping your code, save the Custom Gesture and you are all set.
Going forward, whenever you tell Siri your chosen voice command (such as “open sesame” in the video) your phone will automatically tap out your PIN code and unlock itself.
You are now free to use your iPhone with your mask firmly in place.