How to Disable “Require Attention” for Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Want to unlock your iPhone without paying much attention? There is an option to turn off attention detection for Face ID on the iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR. Discover more about how it works!

When unlocking your iPhone with Face ID, you must look at the device with your eyes open. It helps the TrueDepth camera to identify your face perfectly. But what if you want to unlock your device even when you are not clearly looking at the screen, or your eyes are closed? Worry not; you can choose to turn off attention detection for Face ID on your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR.

Keep in mind, it’s less secure and if you don’t want to compromise with the security factor; you shouldn’t disable “Require Attention” for Face ID. Being part of the Accessibility suite; it can be helpful for the people who have visual impairments. That’s why it’s automatically turned off if you enable VoiceOver (a feature that lets you make your iPhone speak the on-screen content) during initial set up. Any way you want to disable it? Let me walk you through the quick steps!

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How to Turn Off Attention Detection for Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone  Tap on General ⟶ Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Settings then General then Accessibility on iPhone or iPadStep #2.  Next up, tap on Face ID & Attention.

Tap on Face ID & Attention in Settings on iPhone X

Step #4. Finally, turn off Require Attention for Face ID.

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Disable Require Attention for Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

That’s it!

From now onwards, you can unlock your iPhone X series using Face ID even without paying much attention. If you ever want the facial recognition system to require the full range of focus, follow the same steps explained above and turn on Require Attention in the end.

Wrapping up

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Accessibility has long been one of the most significant features of iOS. And the ability to let people with visual impairments use Face ID has made it even richer.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
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