iPhone doesn’t unlock your Apple Watch after updating to iOS 14.7? It’s not just you…

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac:

If you’re finding that your iPhone doesn’t unlock your Apple Watch after updating to iOS 14.7, it’s not just you. Apple has admitted that there’s a bug in the latest public release of iOS that affects iPhones with Touch ID instead of Face ID.

Not to be confused with errors unlocking your iPhone using Apple Watch, something folks with masks are finding incredibly useful.

But no, this is an issue for folks who use their iPhones to unlock their Apple Watch:

The Apple Watch automatically locks when you remove it from your wrist, an important security measure given that you can use it to make contactless payments without authentication, as well as access personal data in your apps.

When you first put your Watch on, there are two ways to unlock it: Enter your passcode on the Watch, or unlock your iPhone. The latter is often easier, so many people choose to do this.

If you are encountering this issue, make sure you have Unlock with iPhone enabled. To do this:

  • Launch the Watch app on the iPhone paired with your Apple Watch
  • In the My Watch tab, scroll down to Passcode
  • Make sure Unlock with iPhone is enabled

Here’s an Apple support document with all the details.