How to Disable Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR [Temporarily and Completely]

In certain situations, you may want to turn off Face ID on your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR temporarily or permanently. Read on to discover how it's done the easy way!

Face ID is arguably the most talked about feature in iPhone X series. Apple has made it more efficient and secure than the Touch ID. Having said that; there are situations where you might need to temporarily disable Face ID on your Phone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR.

Let’s say; you’ve (unfortunately) found yourself in an unsafe situation where you think someone might force you to unlock your device and take away your sensitive information. In such a case, you can quickly turn off Face ID to prevent your enemies from having access to your data. Luckily, the process takes hardly a few seconds!

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Temporarily Turn Off Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Step #1. Press and hold the Side button and the volume up or down button at once.

Press and hold Side button and Volume up or down button at once on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Step #2. Now, tap on Cancel.

Tap on Cancel to Temporarily Turn Off Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

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That’s it! The Face ID has been temporarily turned off. Now, you will have to enter the passcode to re-enable.

Enter the passcode to re-enable Face ID on on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Multiple Other Options to disable Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

  • Simply restart your iPhone.
  • Make a five failed attempts to unlock the device.
  • Press and hold the Wake/Sleep button and volume button at once to reboot your iPhone.

If you ever decide to completely turn off Face ID for any personal reason, you will be able to get it done with ease.

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Completely Disable Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Step #1. Open Settings app on Your iPhone → Face ID & Passcode.

Go to Face ID & Passcode Settings on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max or XR

Step #2. Now, enter your passcode.

Enter your passcode in Face ID Settings

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Step #3. Under “Use Face ID For” section, turn off the switch next to iPhone Unlock.

Completely Disable Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

You can also disable the use of the Face ID for iTunes & App Store, Apple Pay, Password AutoFill and other apps that have requested to use this facial recognition technology.

Any question?

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Face ID remains ahead of its counterparts (available on Android devices) on various aspects. Though I had plenty of concerns about its security and efficiency before the launch of the iPhone X, I’m pretty happy with it. And with time, it’s going to get a lot better.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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