iOS 14.7 bug might not let you unlock an Apple Watch with a Touch ID iPhone

The Apple iOS 14.7 update is now available for download, which enables support for the new MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12, as well as a new update for Apple Card support (for countries that support it). But the update also might come with a bug that could prevent users from being able to unlock their Apple Watches by unlocking their Touch ID iPhones (e.g. iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone SE).

Apple acknowledged the bug, which shows up after updating a Touch ID iPhone to iOS 14.7. They also provided a temporary solution, which is to type your passcode into their Apple Watch to unlock it rather than relying on the iPhone.

Usually, there are two ways to unlock an Apple Watch after you first put it on your wrist. The first one is to manually type in a passcode on the Watch itself, but the second (and much easier) option is to unlock your iPhone—and its easiest if you’re able to unlock your iPhone wih Face or Touch ID.

However, the bug has prevented users of Touch ID iPhones to do so. The company hasn’t yet announced when they will be fixing the bug, but the issue “will be addressed in a future software update”.

“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,” said Apple.

Here’s how to reset your Apple Watch in case you’ve forgotten your passcode:

  • Put your watch on its charger and keep it there until you complete these steps.
  • Press and hold the side button until you see Power Off.
  • Press and hold the Digital Crown until you see Erase all content and settings.
  • Tap Reset, then tap Reset again to confirm.
  • Wait for the process to finish, then set up your Apple Watch again.
  • When asked, restore from a backup.
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WatchOS 7.6 has also rolled out alongside iOS 14.7. The update fixes some minor bugs as well as enabling ECG and irregular heart rhythm notification (for Series 4, 5 and 6) in 30 more countries.

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