How to set up Face ID

After reading my guide on what iPhone choose, you have also decided to buy a «melafonino» by opting for one of the models with a full front screen and equipped with Face ID the facial recognition unlocking method developed by Apple. Being your first experience with this technologyHowever, you have no idea how to activate and configure it. For this reason, you've done some research on the web and ended up in this guide. This is how it is, right? So let me tell you that you have come to the right place at the right time.

With today's guide, in fact, I will explain how to set up Face ID giving you all the clues you need to be successful. As well as showing you the detailed procedure to activate Face ID on a new iPhone /iPad During the initial setup, I will also tell you how to configure Face ID through your device settings. In addition, you will find instructions on how to create an alternative look and use Face ID without problems even with a hat or sunglasses.

Sorry? Is that exactly what you wanted to know? So let's not waste any more time talking and get to the point. Come on, make yourself comfortable, take a five minute break, and read the following paragraphs. By carefully following the instructions I'm about to give you and trying to put them into practice on your iPhone (or even on the iPad Pro), I can assure you that activating and configuring Face ID will be a piece of cake. Do you want to bet?

  • Compatible devices with Face ID
  • Initial Face ID setup
  • How to set up Face ID
  • How to set up Face ID with mask
  • In case of problems

Face ID compatible devices

Before I get to the heart of this tutorial and explain how to set up Face ID it may be helpful to know that facial recognition is available in El iPhone X and later models and in the models of iPad Pro equipped with A12 or later bionic chips. For example, on all iPhones / iPads not equipped with a Home button.

Regarding the configuration of Face ID, you should know that it can be done both during the first configuration of the device and later, acting from the Settings de iOS/ iPadOS. In both cases, the procedure is quick and easy: all you need to do is frame your face with the front camera of the iPhone / iPad and scan it completely twice to "capture" each side.

After the setup is complete, you can choose under what circumstances to activate Face ID (for example, to unlock the device, download new applications, use Apple Pay, etc.) and also use it with compatible third-party applications (for example, 1Password or WhatsApp).

Also, as I'll explain in a moment, you can configure a alternate look to refine the recognition of your face by the sensor.

Initial Face ID setup

You have bought a new iPhone / iPad and you still have to do the first setup ? If so, you should know that you can enable and configure facial recognition during the device setup procedure, provided you choose manual setup.

If this is your case and you are wondering ... how to set up Face ID on iPhone all you have to do is turn on your melaphon, aim for the language to use and yours Country of the residence, press on the Set manually and in the new display screen, select the Wi-Fi network to connect the device.

When this is done, in the Date and privacy... touch the button ... Keep going (twice in a row) and press the option Begins to start Face ID setup. At this point, frame your face with the iPhone camera (making sure it is within the visible frame on the screen) and move your head in a circular motion to scan everywhere. Then press the button Keep going to start the second scan, and repeat the operation described above.

If you see the message You have set the Face ID means that the scan of your face was successful and the activation of facial recognition was successful. In this case, press the button Keep going and complete the configuration of your iPhone. In this regard, my guides on how to set up the iPhone and how to set up the iPad are helpful.

I tell you, if you press the key Set later in Settings You can also choose to postpone the Face ID setup and activate it later from the Settings for iOS / iPadOS.

How to set up Face ID

If you did not activate Face ID during the first setup of your iPhone / iPad or you need to change your facial recognition settings, you will be glad to know that you can do so from your device settings.

To proceed, take your iPhone / iPad, touch the icon of the cog to access the Settings iOS / iPadOS, press at the point Face ID and code and, if necessary, enter the unlock code device.

On the screen just displayed, select the Configure Face ID and press the button Begins to start setup. At this point, all you have to do is place your face in the frame visible on the screen and slowly move your head clockwise or counterclockwise so that each side of your face is detected. At the end of the first scan, you will see a Green circle and the message You have completed the first scan with Face ID.

At this point, touch the Keep going to start the second scan, and repeat the procedure I just told you. If everything went well, you will see the messages You have completed the second scan with Face ID e You have set the Face ID. Then press the button End to complete the Face ID activation, and you're done.

If you can't turn your head properly, it helps to know that during Face ID setup you can turn on accessibility options that allow partial facial recognition.

In this case, press the option Configure Face ID later in the voice Accessibility options and touch the Use partial scan. Keep in mind, however, that Face ID works best when can detect facial features from all angles.

Once Face ID is activated and set up for the first time, you can also decide to set up an alternate look (for example, wearing a hat). To do this, go back to the Face ID and code... touch the option ... Set up an alternate look…Press the button… Begins and follow the onscreen instructions to scan your face again.

On the same screen, you can also choose when to use facial recognition by moving the switch to the available options in the box. Use Face ID to de OFF a EN.

  • Unlock iPhone / iPad When this option is activated, Face ID is used whenever the iPhone / iPad needs to be unlocked.
  • iTunes Store and App Store If enabled, Face ID authentication is required for both iTunes Store purchases and download applications (including Free) from the App Store.
  • Apple Pay Facial recognition is activated to complete a payment with Apple Pay.
  • Password entry to enter the passwords stored on the iCloud Keychain.

Finally, I would like to point out that from the Face ID and code You can check the applications with which you use Face ID ( Other apps ) and also enable / disable the option Request to search in Face ID which, when activated, provides an additional level of security by verifying that the device is actually being seen in use before unlocking it.

How to set up Face ID with mask

If you are wondering if it is possible set up Face ID with mask You should know that facial recognition is designed to work with the eyes, nose, and mouth clearly visible and therefore cannot be set up using a mask or any accessory that covers a large part of your face.

However, Apple announced that, with the launch of iOS 13.5 There have been changes in facial recognition, according to which the PIN entry screen is immediately passed if a face with a mask is detected.

In the moment of write This article, iOS 13.5 has only been released as a beta (downloadable by users who have joined the iOS beta testing program), so I reserve the right to update this information if there is any news about it.

With that said, you can try setting Face ID by wearing the mask on the middle of your face (changing which side you are wearing the mask on during the two sensor setup steps) and see if Face ID will unlock your smartphone even when wearing the mask.

However, I would like to point out that this procedure does not always work and, above all, the safety of the device is reduced because the only biometric factor available for comparison is the eyes. In short, you could be recognized by the iPhone wearing the mask, but with not very high success rates and even the possibility that the phone will not recognize you when you are not wearing it.

In any case, if you want to try this solution, access the Settings iOS / iPadOS, press at the point FaceID and code…enter the… unlock code on the device and touch the Set up an alternate look.

At this point, fold the mask so that it only covers half of the face and press the button Begins to start the scan. If you see the message Your face is not clearly visible move the mask further until the face scan begins. Also complete the second scan while keeping the mask on the same side of your face, in the End and make sure your face is recognized by Face ID with or without the mask.

If unsuccessful, you can repeat the procedure by completely resetting your Face ID and then setting your primary appearance with the skin. To reset the Face ID settings, just tap on the Start Face ID option from the menu Settings; Face ID and code.

You can try to double scan the face with the mask on one side of the face and then set a alternate look moving the mask to the other side of your face. As said, several attempts have to be made as there is no official guideline suggesting the right way to go (I tried the suggestions of some researchers from Tencent Xuanwu Lab, discovered through the 9to5 siteMac, on an iPhone with iOS 13.4, but with not exactly optimal results).

In case of problems

Sorry? Did you follow the instructions I gave you in the previous paragraphs but still couldn't set up Face ID? First of all, I suggest that you check that the TrueDepth camera (the one that sits on the front of your iPhone / iPad) is not covered by any protective film or case.

If you continue to see the message "Face ID settings are not available" The cause could be a blockage of the infrared light used by the TrueDepth camera by an accessory that you are wearing (for example, the Shadows that block certain types of light). Also, make sure to keep your device 25-50cm away from your face, and if you have an iPhone, consider that Face ID only works when the device is oriented vertically.

If, on the other hand, you have successfully completed the Face ID setup but it doesn't work as expected under certain circumstances, you should know that facial recognition is not activated when the device has just been turned on or restarted, it has not been unlocked for more 48 hours, you have not received a remote lock command or five facial recognition attempts have been made, all with negative results.

If this is not your case, you can initialize the Face ID and repeat the configuration to try to solve the problems. To do this, press the button cog to access the Settings from iOS / iPadOS, play the voice Face ID and code... write the ... unlock code on the device, press the Start Face ID (to "remove" each scan of your face) and select the item Configure Face ID to start a new configuration.

Despite the prompts I just gave you, are you still having problems with Face ID? Then all you have to do is contact Apple Technical Support and request assistance. To do so, go to the official Apple website and locate the section Tell us how we can help you and click on the option Get support.

At this point, type "Face ID" in the field Search Topics… Select the option… Face ID support and, in the new opened page, choose the service channel you prefer between Talk to Apple Support Now for telephone support, or Chat to contact an Apple employee via chat. Similarly, you can also proceed using Apple's support app. To learn more, I leave you with my guide on how to contact Apple.