How to Use Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR [Complete Guide]

Embrace the all-new way of unlocking iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR using Face ID! Jump over to this straightforward guide to set up and use Face ID on iPhone X series.

Without an iota of doubt, Face ID is the biggest highlight of iPhone X series. To me, its a revolutionary feature and primed not just to make the iPhone even smarter but also change the way we look at facial recognition technology. Considering how significant this advanced feature is, it’s apt to make a complete guide about setting up and using Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR.

According to Apple, the odds that someone else’ fingerprint will unlock Touch ID are 1 in 50,000, while Face ID’s chance of another face matching is just 1 in 1,000,000. As no visible light is used, the scan is invisible in all lighting conditions. To avoid unintentional unlocking; facial recognition is made to be “attention aware.” What’s more, it also works in various lighting conditions, including dark rooms.

How to Set Up Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR


  • Make sure nothing is covering both the TrueDepth camera and your face.
  • Face ID works with hats, scarves, glasses, contact lenses as well as sunglasses.
  • To have better result, you need to keep your iPhone at about an arm’s length or closer (10-20 inches) from your face.
  • Face ID is designed to automatically adapt to changes in your appearance including wearing cosmetic makeup or growing facial hair.
  • In case the facial recognition system finds a big change in your appearance like shaving a full beard, it will confirm your identity by using your passcode before updating the face data.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone.

Launch Settings app on iPhone

Step #2. Next, you need to tap on Face ID & Passcode. Enter your passcode, if you are asked to do so.

Go to Face ID & Passcode Settings on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max or XR

Step #3. Next, tap on Set Up Face ID.

Tap on Set Up Face ID on iPhone X

Now, you have to position your face in front of your device, and tap Get Started.

Tap on Get Started in Face ID Set up on iPhone X

Step #4. Next up, you will have to look straight into your iPhone and place your face inside the frame.

  • Move your head gently to complete the circle.
  • If you can’t move your head, tap Accessibility Options.

Once you have completed, the first Face ID scan, tap Continue.

Set Up Multiple Face ID on iPhone X

Step #5. You need to move your head again to complete the circle for the second time. When you have successfully set up Face ID, tap Done.

How to Set Up Face ID Alternate Appearance on iPhone X

That’s done! You have successfully set up the Face ID on your iPhone. You can now use it to unlock your smartphone and authenticate your payment with ease. And if you ever want to turn it off, there is also an option to get it done.

How to Use Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

How to Unlock iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR Using Face ID

Step #1. You need to wake the screen of your device. Simply pick up your device to wake the screen.

Step #2. Now, look at the screen. Make sure to keep your eyes open while unlocking the device.

How to Disable Face ID on Your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

There are some situations when you may need to temporarily turn off Face ID to prevent anyone from forcing you to unlock your device to take your personal information. Check out this quick guide to get done:

When You Need to Enter Passcode to Unlock your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

  • After the 48-hour period in which you didn’t use Face ID on your smartphone, you will have to use the passcode.
  • After restarting your device.
  • If you haven’t used the passcode to unlock the device in the last six and a half days and Face ID hasn’t unlocked the phone in the last 4 hours.
  • Your iPhone has received a remote lock command.
  • After you have made five unsuccessful attempts to match your face.
  • After activating Emergency SOS.

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

The people with low-vision or visual impairments can disable “Require Attention” for Face ID to unlock their device a bit more comfortably. Jump over to this guide to know how it works.

How to Reset Face ID on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

In certain situations, you might have to delete Face ID data on your iPhone X. Head over to this guide to get it done.

Video Walkthrough: How to Setup Face ID on the iPhone X

Wrapping up

It’s been more than one year since Face ID arrived on iPhone X in 2017. Though several Android smartphones have come up with facial recognition technology, it’s nowhere near Apple’s face unlock technology. And I guess Face ID will continue to be the hallmark of the true standard just like Touch ID.

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