How to Manage Face ID Access for Specific Apps on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

No longer want a third-party app to use Face ID for authentication? Fret not; you can choose to stop apps from having access to Face ID on your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR with ease. Jump over to discover how it's done the quick way!

Signing in to apps with Face ID is pretty fast and straightforward. Just take a glance at your iPhone and you are done! But due to security concerns or prevent myself from accidentally authenticating certain apps like the one I use to manage tax, I revoke specific app’s access to the facial recognition technology. Luckily; managing Face ID apps on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR is quite upfront, and you get the complete control over it.

When you stop an app from using facial recognition system, you have to use passwords for authentication. Though it’s not convenient and I don’t think many of us enjoy dealing with passwords, it’s better to make an exception for some individual apps in order to prevent unwanted authentication.

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How to Stop Apps from Using Face ID for Authentication on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone.

Launch Settings app on your iPhone X

Step #2. Now, tap on Face ID & Passcode.

Tap on Face ID & Passcode in iPhone X Settings

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Step #3. Next, you have to enter your iPhone’s passcode to proceed.

Enter your iPhone passcode to proceed

Step #4. Under Use Face ID For, tap on Other Apps.

Tap on Other Apps in Face ID & Passcode Settings

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Step #5. Next up, you should see all the apps which you have allowed/disallowed to use Face ID.

Up next, turn OFF/ON the switch next to the specific apps based on your requirement.

Turn off switch next to the app on iPhone X Settings

In the end, quit settings to finish.

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That’s it!

Have your say:

Face ID works a bit faster and more accurately on the 2018 iPhones. And I expect the facial recognition technology to get even better with time just like Touch ID.

There are quite a few tricks that can come in handy in speeding up Face ID. Not to mention the hack to train the facial recognition technology to recognize weird faces.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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