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A face mask is essential these days to keep yourself and others safe. Besides, many facilities mandatorily require you to keep the mask on. However, this can be a real hindrance if you use Face ID on your iPhone.

Of course, Apple enabled unlocking the iPhone with a passcode in April 2023 with iOS 13.5, and it helped decrease the problem to an extent. With iOS 14.5, it further allowed users to unlock the iPhone with Apple Watch (with a mask on), but well, that still left behind iPhone users who didn’t own an Apple Watch. With iOS 15.4 beta, Apple has finally solved this problem!

This is especially great for medical professionals and other essential service workers who might need to use their phones while covered up in protective gear. Whether you are on iOS 15.4 beta or not, I have included various methods to help you unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask. Let’s explore each one by one.

Use Face ID with mask in iOS 15.4 or later

As the heading suggests, your iPhone must be running iOS 15.4 beta to use this feature. If you don’t have the developer beta on your device, you can install it or wait for its public release. Here’s how

Note: Currently, this feature works only with iPhone 12 series or newer models. However, I am expecting that the feature will soon be released for iPhone X or newer models too as Apple hasn’t stated any hardware-specific requirements for this feature to work.

Go to iPhone Settings.

Tap Face ID & Passcode and type your passcode.

Once you enable this option, Face ID will perform verification around the eye area instead of full facial recognition and help unlock iPhone with a mask without Apple Watch. Finally! However, Apple states that Face ID might not work as efficiently with this feature.

Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch in iOS 14.5 or above

If you have an iPhone X or later running 14.5 or above and an Apple Watch Series 3 or later running watchOS 7.4 or above, you can easily unlock your iPhone with a mask on without having to wait for the official rollout of iOS 15.4.

This feature uses the paired Watch’s haptic feedback to unlock your device. You can check our guide on unlocking your iPhone with Apple Watch to set up and use this feature.

Set up Face ID to unlock iPhone while wearing a mask

According to the Wall Street Journal, researchers at Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab have found that it’s possible to train Face ID to recognize that you’re wearing a surgical mask. They recommended folding a mask in half and going through the setup process for Face ID. Here are the steps you can follow:

Method 1: Set up Face ID with a mask on

If your iPhone says, “Face Obstructed,” move your mask slowly away from the center of your face until it asks you to Move your head slowly to complete the circle.

Now, test if it works by putting on your mask as normal and seeing if you can unlock your iPhone.

In case this method doesn’t work for you, you can try the second option below:

Method 2: Face ID Alternate Appearance

Open Settings and choose Face ID & Passcode

Tap Set Up Alternate Appearance.

Fold the mask and hold it on the other side of your face, then you did in the above option.

Complete two scans of your face with the mask folded in the same way

Put your mask on, covering your whole face as usual, and check if it works to unlock your phone

Note: After setting this up, Face ID should also still work as usual when you’re not wearing a surgical mask.

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How To Unlock Screen Rotation On Iphone

Most of us generally view our smartphone screens in vertical format, unless we’re watching a video, playing a game, or viewing certain high-resolution images.

One of the cool things about the iPhone though, unlike other devices, is that its screen can reorient itself based on how you hold the phone.

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However, sometimes the screen doesn’t rotate to match the side you turn your iPhone to, which can be frustrating, and makes it harder to use the phone.

Before you conclude that your phone may be broken and book an appointment with an Apple Genius, read this guide to find out why it happens and how to unlock iPhone screen rotation.

What Causes The Locked Screen Rotation Issue on iPhone?

Ideally, your iPhone screen should be able to rotate seamlessly. If it doesn’t, it may be that the screen rotation feature is locked, or, the screen or app you’re on may not support this function.  

One of the major culprits of screen rotation problems on an iPhone is the Home screen’s accelerometer calibration during startup.

The accelerometer in your iPhone measures acceleration in smartphones, but its main work is to detect orientation changes and instruct your iPhone’s screen to switch or rotate between up from down and vice versa.

If the accelerometer doesn’t calibrate during startup, you can restart your iPhone in portrait mode and see whether it’ll return to normal.

Together with the built-in gyroscope sensor, the accelerometer helps you control games by moving your iPhone, or if you’re using the Maps app, it helps give you accurate directions.

Holding your iPhone sideways in landscape view flips the screen to match the orientation, in the same way it does when you’re holding your phone upright in portrait view.

Your iPhone is smart enough to know that you’re holding it in portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) format and rotates the screen to match. However, when the accelerometer and gyroscope sensors malfunction, the screen can rotate when you don’t want it to, which can be pretty annoying.

If you’re struggling with the locked screen rotation issue, we’re going to show you how to find screen rotation on your iPhone, and unlock it so you can enjoy your content in the preferred format.

How Do You Unlock iPhone Screen Rotation? 

Before we get into the steps you can take to unlock iPhone screen rotation, it’s important to know when the screen rotation lock on your phone is enabled.

If your iPhone is running iOS 7 and higher, the screen rotation lock is enabled by opening the Control Center, but, you can quickly do the same by tapping the icon bar at the top of your phone’s screen next to the battery icon.

When the rotation lock icon is on, it’ll appear with a curved arrow next to the battery icon. If you don’t see it, then the lock is off.

On iPhone X/XS/XR and 11, you won’t see the rotation lock icon on the home screen. You can only see it on the upper right side of the Control Center.

However, you can double-tap the Home button and find the screen rotation lock/unlock button to the right next to the Music player controls. A simple tap will unlock it and you can rotate your screen once more.

Here’s how to unlock screen rotation on your iPhone:

1.    Turn off the portrait orientation lock

2.    Restart the app/Try a different app

3.    Restart your iPhone

4.    Disable Display Zoom

5.    Reset All Settings

6.    Repair the Accelerometer

Turn Off Portrait Orientation Lock

If you’ve tried turning your iPhone to the side and the display is stuck in portrait, the Portrait Orientation Lock may be enabled.

You can quickly disable it by going to the Control Center. The method you use to get there depends on the iPhone you’re using.

For iPhone X, swipe down from the upper right corner of your screen to open the Control Center. If you’re using an iPhone 8 or older model with the physical home button, reveal the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

From the Control Center, find the lock and arrow icon with a line curve around it, If the lock icon is displayed with a highlighted background (white), it means it’s enabled, so tap it to disable Portrait Orientation Lock. 

A message will appear at the top of the Control Center notifying you that the Portrait Orientation Lock is off. 

Go back to your home screen by pressing the Home button or swiping down from the top right corner, and then try turning your iPhone sideways to see if it rotates freely.

If the screen still doesn’t rotate, try the other solutions below.

Restart The App Or Try a Different App

If your iPhone screen still won’t rotate after disabling the Portrait Orientation Lock, most likely the app or screen you’re on doesn’t support the reorientation of your screen. You can try a few options to resolve the issue as follows:

Restart the app if it’s stuck or has crashed. To do this, access the App Switcher by swiping up from the Home bar and holding for a second to reveal the feature. For iPhones with a

Find the app you want to close and swipe up on the preview.  Go to your Home screen, find the app and open it again.  If the screen rotation issue was with the app, these steps should help you rotate your iPhone’s screen again.

Note: Not all apps support screen rotation. Similarly, the home screen on most iPhone models doesn’t rotate, though it does for the iPhone 6/6S/7/8 Plus models.

Restart Your iPhone

Still can’t unlock screen rotation? The problem may be a bug on your iPhone. To resolve this, reboot your iPhone as this usually fixes any software conflicts that could be causing such problems, and check if it works normally again.

To restart your iPhone, press and hold the Volume Up or Volume Down button with the Side button until the Slide to Power Off menu appears. If your iPhone has a Home button, you can press and hold the Sleep/Wake button to view the power menu.

Swipe the Slide to Power Off slider to power off your iPhone, and then press the Sleep/Wake or Side button to power it back on again.

You can also perform a force restart and see if it resolves the problem. Once your iPhone restarts, check whether the screen orientation works again.

Disable Display Zoom

Display Zoom allows you to magnify what is showing on your iPhone’s screen by making text and the Home screen icons larger. It’s only available on supported models including the iPhone 6/7/8 Plus, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

In the Display Zoom

Your iPhone will restart in the new zoom setting, and you can check whether the screen can rotate normally again.

Reset All Settings

If you’re at this point and still can’t fix the screen rotation issue, you can reset your iOS settings. This will reset things like network settings and WiFi connections to handle some bugs and quirks such as the screen rotation lock problem.

Next, tap Reset.

Tap Reset all settings and then enter your passcode to confirm the action.

Your iPhone will reboot, after which you can check if the screen rotation works normally again. If it doesn’t, you’d probably have to reset your iPhone altogether by going to Reset and tapping on Erase All Content and Settings. Before you do this, backup your iPhone and then use this option.

Repair The Accelerometer

If you’re at this point and screen rotation still won’t work, your iPhone’s accelerometer could be broken. The accelerometer controls the screen rotation function as it detects your iPhone’s movement. If it’s broken, it can’t function normally to track movement thus it won’t even know when to rotate the phone’s screen.

This fix requires a professional so get in touch with Apple Support and set up service for your

Automatically Lock & Unlock Your Computer With Gatekeeper

How many times have you walked away from your computer at home or work and forgot to lock it? If you’re around people you trust, this may not be an issue for you. However, if you have nosy co-workers, family members or house-mates, then you’ll definitely want to think twice.

GateKeeper is a tool that helps to keep your computer safe. It does this by automatically locking your computer when you walk away and unlocking it when you return.

By using GateKeeper, you won’t have to worry about or wonder if you locked your computer because once you’re a certain distance away from the USB Lock; the Key will disconnect and automatically lock it for you.

Before Getting Started

In the GateKeeper box you’ll find a Key, USB Lock, two CR2032 batteries (one is a spare), a key ring and a quick start guide.

Before setting up GateKeeper on your computer, you’ll need to power up the Key. You do this by opening the back cover and inserting one of the included batteries.

When opening the Key cover, I noticed that it was a bit difficult to take off. Plus, it seems like it can easily be snapped or broken if too much force is used; so you’ll need to be extra careful.

Once the cover is back on, it’s safe to insert the USB Lock into a USB slot on your computer. It’s best to use one that is closest to you so that the Lock can easily connect to and communicate with the Key.

Setting Up the GateKeeper Key

Next you’ll need to download and install the GateKeeper software. It’s available for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, as well as Mac OS X (version not specified). For the purpose of this review, Windows 8.1 was used.

While the GateKeeper setup is running, you’ll also see a Device Driver Installation Wizard window. This is so that you can install the software driver for the USB lock. You may also see a Windows Security window appear, asking if you’d like to install the device software from “Texas Instruments, Inc” (GateKeeper’s Publisher); be sure to “install” it.

Once everything is installed, you can open the GateKeeper application.

Finally, you can go back and set your preferred Lock Distance. When you’re done, be sure to save and close the window. As long as the GateKeeper window is open, your computer will not lock and you won’t be able to test it.

Getting the perfect distance to suit your preference will take some trial and error. It’s best to have someone else help; they can sit at your computer and watch for the screen to lock and unlock while you walk back and forth to see how long each distance takes.

While testing, I found that the Key needed to be out in the open to best communicate with the Lock. Keeping it in my pocket or balled up in my hand, caused unwanted actions (randomly locking, not locking or unlocking at all). To combat this, I sat the Key closer to the USB lock while the computer was in use, which stopped it from randomly locking and unlocking the screen.

GateKeeper On Your Mobile Device

GateKeeper also has an Android and iOS app that works in conjunction with the Key. It enables users to locate and track objects. Unfortunately, I could not get the Android app to work; it would not detect my Key in order for me to add it. Being able to keep up with your valuables is definitely an added bonus – if you can get it working.

Final Thoughts

Needless to say, GateKeeper provides some beneficial features. It’s easy to set up and even easier to use. Although I did find it a bit buggy at times, it does provide a convenient extra layer of security to your computer and is a joy to use.

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Iphone 5S Touch Id Hands

iPhone 5s Touch ID hands-on: What we know

As revealed this week, the iPhone 5S is set to be the first Apple device with its own fingerprint scanner (or fingerprint sensor, if you wish), working with Apple’s own Touch ID technology. Apple suggests that this technology will only allow the information gathered by the sensor to be read and used by the device itself – no 3rd party developers aloud – and with this sensor you’ll be able to log in to your iPhone with ease. Even as we first lay hands (or fingers) on Touch ID, this new bit of biometrics technology is set to start a firestorm in the mobile security world – even though it’s technically not the first time a feature like it has been implemented.

While this technology might seem at its base to be similar to what we saw back in February of 2011 with the Motorola Atrix 4G, one compared to the other presents a world of difference with reliability. Back then it was also presented as almost a non-feature: we ended up only speaking about it briefly in our original review due to slightly less-than-perfect usefulness. But there it is – a fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone, right under the power button.

Here in 2013 the Apple implementation of the idea of biometrics-based security enlists the help of a much more refined piece of tech. This home button allows you to bypass your lockscreen, make purchases in the App Store, the iTunes Store, and the iBooks Store. In other words, don’t let your 5-year-old catch you sleeping on the couch: they’ll get in!

Barring that oddity, Apple ID does allow the capture of up to 5 different fingerprints, allowing you to give access to a select few of your most trusted family members or colleagues. Apple says that your fingerprint profile is not stored in iCloud, not backed up to any Apple server, and not uploaded to the internet in any way. Instead this information is stores only on the iPhone itself.

ABOVE: iPhone 5S Touch ID hands-on at the original Apple launch event. See our full iPhone 5S hands-on from the event as well.

When you first initiate this security measure for the iPhone – or whatever other device Apple ID is on in the future – you’ll go through a process that’ll take right around 30 seconds. This time will be spent tapping and swiping your finger across the home button on the device where the scanner is embedded. After this process is complete, you’ll be able to scan at any angle – upside-down, portrait-style, whatever you need. Apple calls this “360-degree readability.”

At the moment we’re still in the midst of investigating the exact technology that works inside this process, specifically in how Apple will be barring use of it from developers – or more likely hackers and so-called jailbreakers. We’ll also be continuing to add to the timeline of links below as we learn more, so keep it marked and let us know if you’re in the know too!

Where Can I Find My Discord Id? How To Find Your User/Server/Message Id

Discord has grown to be the most popular audio-centric social media platform of our modern age. The service allows you to host custom servers which can then be used to create specific channels and integrate bots for certain communities depending on their needs and requirements.

Discord also allows you to quote every message, server, and user within Discord which can be used to keep every message and element accounted for within Discord. If you have been looking to source one of these IDs within Discord, then you can use one of the guides below depending on your current needs and requirements. 

How to source user/message/server ID on Discord

First things first, you will need to enable Developer mode on Discord before you can source IDs be it for users, messages, or servers.

Developer mode allows you to access additional settings and features within Discord that will allow you to source IDs for different elements within Discord. Follow the guide below to get you started. 

On Desktop

Desktop users can use the guides below to source all the IDs. Let’s get started. 

Activate Developer Mode

And that’s it! Developer mode should now be enabled within Discord for your account. 

Source User ID

Source Message ID

Source Server ID

On Mobile

Mobile users can also easily source IDs from the Discord mobile app using the guide below. Whether you are on iOS or Android, you can use the common guide below as the Discord app for both platforms has the same UI. Let’s start by enabling developer mode on your device. 

Activate Developer Mode

On Android

Open the Discord app on your Android device and tap on your profile icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. 

Tap on ‘Behaviour’. 

Now enable the toggle for ‘Developer mode’. 

Developer mode will now be enabled on your Android device. 

On iOS

Open the Discord app on your iOS device and tap on your profile icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. 

Now tap on ‘Appearance. 

Enable the toggle for ‘Developer mode’. 

And that’s it! Developer mode will now be enabled on your iOS device. 

Source User ID

Open the chat/user page of the desired user whose user ID you wish to source. Tap on the ‘3-dot’ menu icon in the top right corner of your screen. Tap on ‘Copy ID’. 

The user ID will now be copied to your clipboard and it can now be pasted in any compatible text field. 

Source Message ID

Open Discord, visit the chat, and tap and hold on to the message whose ID you wish to source. Tap on ‘Copy ID’ from the menu that opens up. 

The ID will now be copied to your clipboard and you can now paste it wherever you like.  

Source Server ID

On Android

Open the Discord app and tap and hold on the Server name at the top of your screen.

A drop-down menu will now appear on your screen. Tap on ‘Copy ID’ from this menu. 

The server ID will now be copied to your clipboard and it can now be pasted in any compatible text field.

On iOS

Open the Discord app and open the concerned server. Tap on the ‘3-dot’ menu icon in the top right corner. 

Now tap on ‘Copy ID’. 

The ID will now be copied to your clipboard and you can now paste it anywhere on your device.  

Source Channel ID

Open the Discord app on your device and tap and hold on the Channel name at the top of your screen. A drop-down menu will now appear, tap on ‘Copy ID’. 

The ID will now be copied to your clipboard and you can now paste it in any text-compatible space on your device. 

How To Unlock And Re

Google’s highly anticipated Nexus 10 tablet has finally been launched, and no doubt many Android lovers all around the world are looking to get their hands on one. Soon, custom ROMs, kernels, and other modifications will start coming out for the tablet, by developers trying to get the most out of it.

To flash such modifications and tinker with your Nexus 10 in any way, you will need to unlock its bootloader. We’ve prepared a step-by-step guide to help you do just that, which you can follow and unlock your Nexus 10’s bootloader quickly and easily. Oh, and we’ve also included how you can re-lock the bootloader, which is important to regain warranty.

However, unlocking the bootloader will wipe all data from your phone and reset it to factory settings (and will also void warranty, though it is easy to re-lock the bootloader to get warranty back). This isn’t a problem as things can be backed up and restored, but it is best to unlock the bootloader before you install or put any data on your Nexus 10, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of restoring everything back to it.

Now, let us see how the bootloader on the Nexus 10 can be unlocked/re-locked.

Compatibility

The procedure described below is only for the Samsung Nexus 10. Do not try it on any other device.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky, so try them out at your own risk, and make sure to read each step carefully before attempting anything. We will not be held responsible if anything goes wrong.

How to Unlock/Re-lock Bootloader on Nexus 10

Unlock Bootloader

Download and install the Android SDK → from here. This will install the necessary drivers for the tablet on your computer. Skip this if you have already installed the SDK while following step 1.

Extract the Fastboot.zip file you just downloaded to a convenient location on the computer to obtain a folder named Fastboot which will have four files inside it. To keep things easy, copy the Fastboot folder to drive C.

Turn off your Nexus 10. Then, boot into fastboot mode by holding down the Volume Up + Volume down + Power buttons together till the screen turns on and shows “Start” written in big green letters.

Then, connect your Nexus 10 to the computer with your USB cable, then wait for Windows to finish installing the drivers (drivers will be installed only the first time). For reliability, ensure that you use a USB port at the back if you are using a desktop computer, as the front panel ports can be loose and cause problems.

Now, perform the following steps in the command prompt to unlock the bootloader (check the screenshot after step 8.3 for reference)

Navigate to the Fastboot folder which you obtained in step 4. For example, if the Fastboot folder is in drive C on your computer, enter cd C:Fastboot in command prompt (and press Enter) to navigate to the folder.

Then, enter fastboot devices. If your Nexus 10 has been detected properly, you will see a device ID show up in command prompt. If nothing comes up, make sure you have installed the drivers (step 2).

The tablet will then reboot, and once it starts up, you can set up your tablet with your Google details, etc.

Relock Bootloader

If needed, you can also lock the bootloader on your Nexus 10 again, which will give you back your tablet’s warranty and will only allow official signed Google images and firmware to be flashed. Here’s how you can re-lock the bootloader.

First, make sure to flash back to a stock firmware and recovery, as after re-locking the bootloader, the tablet won’t boot if you have made some modifications to it, like flashing a custom recovery or custom ROM.

Also backup everything on the tablet, as data may get wiped when re-locking bootloader.

To lock the bootloader, follow all the steps of the unlock guide, but replace fastboot oem unlock by fastboot oem lock in step 8.3.

The tablet will then reboot and the bootloader will be locked again.

So there you have it. Using the step-by-step procedure above, you have successfully unlocked/re-locked the bootloader on your Nexus 10. You can now proceed to flashing a custom recovery, using which you can then flash custom ROMs and the like. Do let us know how it works!

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