iOS 14.7 Bug Won't Let You Unlock Apple Watch Automatically

You'll have to enter your passcode manually for now

There is already an annoying bug in the latest iOS 14.7 system update for some Apple Watch owners. 

According to an Apple support page about the issue, the bug affects older iPhones with Touch ID and prevents users from using their iPhone to unlock their Apple Watch. Instead, you’ll have to unlock your Watch manually by entering your passcode. 

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"If you experience this issue, just type the passcode directly on your Apple Watch to unlock it. This is required only one time, as long as you keep your Apple Watch on your wrist. If you forgot your passcode, you need to reset your Apple Watch," Apple said in its support document. 

More recent iPhone models—such as the iPhone 12—traded in Touch ID for Face ID, but older phones still have the feature. iPhones with Touch ID include all iPhone 5 models, iPhone 6 models, iPhone 7 devices, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the iPhone SE. 

Apple said the issue would be resolved in an upcoming software update. Until then, you’ll have to deal with unlocking your Watch manually instead of through your phone—not a huge deal, but inconvenient for some users who are accustomed to the feature. 

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iOS 14.7 was released on Monday and features only a few new updates. These include the option to merge two Apple Cards into one account with a shared credit limit, an updated way to manage your HomePod timers in the Home app, and a new filter option in Podcasts that allows you to customize which podcasts you see. 

The latest operating system update also includes support for the new MagSafe battery pack if you have an iPhone 12, which charges your phone by sticking it to the back. 

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