How to Turn Off Face ID on iPhone and iPad Pro

How to Turn Off Face ID on iPhone or iPad

Face ID is one of the highlights of Apple’s iPhone X and 11 series as well as iPad Pros. It’s a breeze to use Face ID and prevent other people from unlocking your device. But what if you get into a situation where someone is trying to force you into letting them access your device? Well, In such a case, you can quickly turn off Face ID on your iPhone or iPad Pro. This will temporarily disable the Face ID, and your passcode will be required instead to unlock your device. Let’s go ahead and learn how to do it.

How to Temporarily Disable Face ID

  1. Press and hold the Side button and the volume up or down button at once.
    Press and hold Side button and Volume up button at once on iPhone
  2. Now, tap on Cancel.
    Tap on Cancel to Temporarily Disable Face ID

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

Enter passcode to re-enable Face ID

Other Ways to Disable Face ID Temporarily

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

How to Turn off Face ID on iPhone and iPad Pro

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone → Face ID & Passcode.
    Open Settings and Tap on Face ID and Passcode on iPhone
  2. Now, enter your passcode.Enter passcode in Face ID Settings
  3. Under the “Use Face ID For” section, turn off the switch next to iPhone Unlock.Turn Off the switch next to Face ID on iPhone

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.

Summing Up 

Face ID is an impressive and advanced technology that’s fast and user-friendly. You can also add a second person to your Face ID and use it when wearing a face mask.

What are your thoughts about this revolutionary feature? Let us know in the comments below.

Readers like you help support iGeeksBlog. When you make a purchase using links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Read Disclaimer.


  1. I have a 11′ iPad Pro, and have gotten an aftermarket slide to put on the front camera, so I can stop the spying, but open it when I need to do facial recognition. The problem is, although I take care to place the adhesive slide so that the image on the screen is apparently open when the slide is open, it seems to want more. It says that the camera is blocked when I can clearly see my face. Is there something beyond the mere camera lens that is blocked by the open slide?

    1. Face ID uses a combination of elements like sensors, cameras, and a dot projector. All these should be unblocked for Face ID to work. Even though the camera might be not be obstructed, but other sensors might be. So, make sure you do not cover these sensors. They all are next to the front camera.

  2. I gate the Pro 12. I read a lot in bed in the dark. Face recognition does not work in the dark . If you use the passcode, the phone shuts off if it can’t see your face. I miss the good old bottom thumb print button. I am tired of doing something on the internet and having to constantly out the passcode in🙄

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.