How to Use Apple Pay on iPhone X Face ID

Written By Jignesh Reviewed By Apple How-to iPhone 6 Min Read

Using Apple Pay with Face ID on iPhone X/Xs, Xs Max, and XR is as easier as it can ever get. Frankly speaking, I had plenty of doubt about the security and accuracy of facial recognition before the arrival of Apple’s most advanced smartphone. But once I have gone through what Face ID has to offer, I have no doubt its efficacy.

For those unfamiliar, Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X series. It projects and analyses over 30,000 invisible dots to create an immaculate depth map of your face. Apple says, “The odds that someone else’ fingerprint will unlock Touch ID are 1 in 50,000, whereas Face ID’s chances of another face matching are merely 1 in 1,000,000.” Anyway, you want to find out how to pay using Apple Pay with Face ID on iPhone? Let me show you how it works:

How to Use Apple Pay on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Using Face ID, you can authenticate purchases with Apple Pay and in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, in apps, on websites and in store.

Make sure you have already set up Apple Pay on your device. Open Settings app → Wallet & Apple Pay → Tap Add Credit/ Debit Card → follow the instruction to set it up.

Besides, ensure that Face ID is set up on your iPhone and iPad.

Use Face ID In Store to Make A Purchase with Apple Pay

Step #1. To use your default card, you need to double-click the side button. If you want to use a different card, first double-click the side button, then you have to tap your default card and select another card.

Step #2. Now, you will have to glance at your iPhone in order to authenticate.

Then, hold your device near the contactless reader.

Step #3. Next, you should see Done and a checkmark on the screen, confirming that you have successfully paid.

Use Face ID to Make a Purchase within an App or on a Website in Safari on iPhone X Series

Step #1. Assuming you are within an app or on a website in Safari and ready to make a purchase, tap the Buy with Apple Pay button or choose Apple Pay as the payment method.

Step #2. Now, you have to confirm your payment information.

Note: If you want to select a different card to pay with, tap the forward button next to your card and select the preferred option.

Step #3. Next, you will have to double-click the side button.

Step #4. Next up, you need to glance at your device.

Make sure to check out Done and a checkmark on the display.

Use Face ID in iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store on iPhone X Series

Step #1. If you want to use Face ID to purchase content from the iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store, launch Settings app on your device.

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

Step #3. Next, turn on the switch next to the iTunes & App Store, if it’s not already.

Then, you need to open the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store and tap on the content you wish to buy.

Step #4. When you get the prompt to pay, double-click the side button.

Step #5. Next up, you have to look at your device.

Wait for Done and a checkmark to show on the screen.

Note: You may require entering your Apple ID password for the first purchase you make.

Wrapping up:

Without any doubt, Face ID is far ahead of its counterparts on Android devices. It’s designed to be more secure and a viable alternative to the erstwhile Touch ID. Though Android manufacturers have been putting their best efforts, they are yet to introduce the facial recognition technology that can go head-to-head against Apple’s crown jewel.

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