With the wearing of masks comes the problem of contactless payments and the difficulty with Apple Pay. Your choices are to update (Apple's iOS 13.5) or you can turn off FaceID.

The easiest solution is to turn off FaceID on Apple Pay, it's simple to do;

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  • Scroll down and tap Face ID & Passcode
  • Enter your Passcode when prompted
  • Turn off those tasks that you know that you are going to be wearing a mask and will not be able to complete using FaceID.

Disable for only those specific tasks that you are likely to use when wearing a mask. Turn off FaceID for Apple Pay. That means you'll need to tap a pay with passcode button on the Apple Pay screen, then enter your code. It's what you used to do before FaceID!

By turning off FaceID for specific tasks, you can still use Apple's secure face unlock technology for any tasks that are likely to be used when you are at home, and not wearing a mask.

The benefit of turning off FaceID for specific tasks is that by doing it this way you can turn on and off without having to set up FaceID again.

Apple has also updated FaceID and Apple's iOS 13.5 update now understands when you are wearing a mask and immediately defaults to the manual passcode screen when using FaceID on an iPhone.

Apple is exploring a lot of options including:

  • Retina scans
  • A revised FaceID system that will work with masks
  • In-display fingerprint authentication

Given that the surety of FaceID was that ‘one in a million’ level of protection the technology gave, can FaceID really give that same level of security with only the top half of the face?

Technology and innovation is facing a real shake-up as problems that tech companies were innovating for just no longer seem important. FaceID seems like a feature that is just no longer needed as face masks settle in as the new normal in the way we work, live and play.