How to Fix the ‘Unlock With Apple Watch’ Bug on the iPhone 13

by - – You’re not alone if your iPhone 13 refuses to open while wearing a mask. So, you just purchased an iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, or 13 Pro Max. Congratulations! Are the new and better cameras proving to be beneficial to you? The pro displays with a refresh rate of 120 frames per second? Or are you irritated that your $1,000 iPhone won’t unlock while you’re wearing a mask, despite the fact that your old iPhone did? Let us assist you in resolving the issue with “Unlock with Apple Watch.”

What does it mean to unlock with an Apple Watch?

During the height of the epidemic, Apple released iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 with this functionality as a solution for unlocking our Face ID iPhones while wearing a mask. Your iPhone won’t reject you for wearing a mask if you enable the function; instead, it will do a partial facial scan and check in with your Apple Watch. The iPhone unlocks when your watch is unlocked and on your wrist.

It’s a fantastic feature for these masked-up times we’re in. When testing the iPhone 13, however, it appears that Apple was assuming “the epidemic would be finished by then,” as the “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature simply does not work. Even the business has acknowledged this, stating that a remedy is in the works.

How to resolve the ‘Unlock with Apple Watch’ issue

Fortunately, there is a workaround for this problem; Apple has included a fix for this flaw in iOS 15.1, as well as watchOS 8.1. However, because these changes are currently under beta testing, they are not yet available to the general public. You’ll need to download and install the betas on your iPhone and Apple Watch if you want to restore “Unlock with Apple Watch” functionality right now.

1. Get the developer betas

These betas are currently only available to registered iOS developers. There’s nothing prohibiting you from becoming a registered developer, other from the $100 yearly cost. If that doesn’t work, you may download the iOS developer beta on your iPhone using our instructions here.

We also offer a tutorial for getting the watchOS development beta, but it’s aimed for public testers. The only difference is where you get the beta; instead of going to the public beta website, you’ll get your profile through Apple’s developer download page.

2. Get the public betas

You can get a dev beta profile from the internet if you’re not a developer, but it’s not safe. You should only use official sources to download beta profiles. Instead, simply wait; Apple is expected to seed 15.1 beta 2 and watchOS 8.1 beta 2 to public beta testers soon. Apple released the developer seeds for these betas on Sept. 28, and the public versions are generally released 24 hours later.

If you haven’t already, follow our iPhone instruction here and our Apple Watch guide here to join up for the public betas. The first public betas for iOS 15.1 and watchOS 8.1 are already available, so if you download them now, updating to public beta 2 will be a snap.

Alternatively, hold off until iOS 15.1 and watchOS 8.1 are released

If betas aren’t your thing, you can always wait for iOS 15.1 and watchOS 8.1 to be released by Apple. Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing when that will happen, but given that this beta contains a critical bug patch, we expect Apple to move rapidly to release this updated software. When iOS 15.1 and watchOS 8.1 are released, we’ll update this page so you may resume using your Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone 13.