How to Purchase Apps on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR Using Face ID

Purchasing apps on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR using Face ID is pretty simple but involves a little bit of twist. So, if you have upgraded from the classic iPhones (with Home button), you might not find the process straightforward.

To ensure you don’t purchase apps accidentally on the new iPhones, Apple has added an extra step into the mix. Once you’ve made peace with it, you will begin to find it just as plain sailing. Without making ado, let me walk you through the steps!

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How to Buy Apps on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR With Face ID

Step #1. Launch App Store on your iPhone.

Open App Store on iPhone XStep #2. Now, find the app you wish to buy.

Find the app you wish to buy in App Store on iPhone XStep #3. Next, you need to tap on the get/price button.

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Tap on buy button in App Store on iPhone XStep #4. Now, you will see a menu with app’s details, and a Cancel button. To abandon the purchase, simply tap on Cancel.

To install the app, you need to first double-click the side button and then glance at your device to authenticate using your Face ID.

Double click side button and then glance at your iPhone X to authenticate using Face ID

Well, I was talking about this very little extra step. It took me a few days to get used to this new twist. I guess it might be the case with you as well.

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Note: Just in case you are not able to authenticate using Face ID, you should see Purchase/Install button. Tap on it, and then enter your Apple ID password to authenticate.

What if you don’t want to use Face ID for App Store purchases? There is a way to disable it. Read on…

How to Disable Face ID for App Store Purchases on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

You have the option to disable the use of Face ID for iTunes & App Store if you don’t want to use it to authenticate purchase any longer.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your device.

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Open Settings on iPhone XStep #2. Now, scroll down and tap on Face ID & Passcode.

Tap on Face ID & Passcode on iPHone XStep #3. Next, You need to enter your Passcode.

Enter your passcode on iPhone XStep #4. Finally, you need to turn off iTunes & App Store.

Turn Off the Switch next to iTunes & App Store on iPhone X

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That’s it! From now onwards, you won’t need to authenticate your purchases using the facial recognition technology. Later, if wished to go back, all you need to do is return to this very setting and then turn on the switch for iTunes & App Store.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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