Facial Recognition – with a face mask?

I finally upgraded my mobile phone.

It got to the point that my apps weren’t being updated and stopped working.

I mean I was only 6 versions, oops now 7, behind the current version.

As part of that upgrade I lost the fingerprint unlocking and instead gained facial recognition.

It is certainly quicker and easier (once setup), but I’ve found a problem in today’s world.

Face masks!

If I’m walking around shops, where face masks are highly suggested (as they are no longer mandatory), then when I hold up my phone to unlock it – nothing happens.

I’ll admit it took me a few tries to twig the reason why it wasn’t working 😂

And it did then ask for my passcode to sign in.

However, I think that face masks – certainly in stores – is going to be with us for some time.

And this could be an annoyance going forward.

Will people be OK seeing others take off their mask – say in a queue to pay – to unlock their phone to get the app needed.

Will phone owners remember to remove their mask when they hold it up to unlock it?

Let’s be honest – so many companies are pushing their phone apps:

  • get the app for points or special offers
  • use the app to get discounts
  • don’t forget to scan your app each time you buy from us
  • pay from the app – it’s easier

Perhaps I need to change my settings so that it asks for the passcode as standard?

Maybe I should have gotten a phone that uses fingerprints to unlock the phone?

Maybe the phone makers need to think of how the world works today, not just how it has previously.

Note: We know that a lot of Asian countries have and still do wear masks as standard, so I wonder what they think of the facial recognition?

I like my phone, and honestly I’m unlikely to change it now that I’ve got it all setup.

However, improvements to technology aren’t always the great thing they are touted to be – especially when they don’t take into account today’s “new normal”.

4 thoughts on “Facial Recognition – with a face mask?

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  1. > It got to the point that my apps weren’t being updated and stopped working.
    > I mean I was only 6 versions, oops now 7, behind the current version.

    A bigger issue here is that you will have stopped receiving security updates for your operating – iOS or Android – system some time ago. That can leave you open to being hacked and becoming a victim of fraud.

    > Perhaps I need to change my settings so that it asks for the passcode as standard?

    I have never really seen the point of drawing a pattern, fingerprint and facial recognition. A robust numeric passcode does the job.

    1. HI Paul,

      I can confirm that I was, and actually still are receiving security updates for the old phone.

      I really like the fingerprint option, it’s secure and easy, but as we say “each to their own preference”.

      Michelle

  2. The latest update to iOS allows you to open your phone with facial recognition with your mask up. This is enhanced if you have an Apple Watch and the phone will see a mask face and as long as you are wearing a watch that is paired with the phone it will open.
    Of course this does not work with apps that require facial recognition and you will have to remove a mask for those

    1. Hi Zifnab,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Interesting to know about the connection with the Apple Watch – not that I have one.

      But I know that my phone ‘s facial recognition doesn’t work when I’m wearing a face mask.

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