How To: Set Up Face ID on the iPhone X

Set Up Face ID on the iPhone X

It appears as though the cutting-edge iPhone X has one-upped its Android competitors like the Galaxy S8 when it comes to facial recognition. Apple packed the flagship with an array of front-facing sensors to complement its selfie camera, which allows the new device to more accurately analyze faces.

The aptly named Face ID has replaced the tried and true Touch ID as the iPhone X's primary biometric security feature, and Apple claims it's more secure. According to the company, the odds of Face ID erroneously unlocking due to a near-matching facial profile are 1 in a million, which compares favorably to Touch ID's 1 in 50,000 odds.

So, if you skipped this step when first setting up your brand new iPhone X, we'll show you how you can go back and set up this awesome new security feature.

Enrolling in Face ID

To get started, open the Settings app on your iPhone X and select "Face ID & Passcode." From there, choose "Set Up Face ID," then enter your passcode if you've already set one up.

Next, tap on "Get Started," which will then activate the front camera and infrared sensor. This, in turn, will show a circle on the screen surrounded with lines for you to align your face with. This helps the camera and sensors detect and analyze your face.

You'll now be instructed to move your face around in a circular motion for the camera and sensors to capture. As you do, the gray lines surrounding the circle will turn green as it captures your facial characteristics.

When you finish the first scan, you'll be prompted to run another, so tap "Continue." From there, just repeat the same process of centering your face in the circle, then moving your head around in a circular motion slowly. After the second pass, you're all set — just tap "Done" to finalize setup.

Using Face ID to Unlock Your iPhone X

When you're finished, you'll be able to unlock your iPhone X with nothing but your face. To start, wake the device either by picking it up (if you've enabled raise to wake through Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Raise), by pressing the Side button or by simply tapping your screen. Then, look directly at the device with your eyes wide open. The padlock icon will now open to show you you've successfully unlocked your iPhone X, leaving you free to go to the home screen using the swipe up gesture.

(1) iPhone X locked. (2) Face ID recognized; device unlocked.

If you're curious as to how to disable Face ID and stick to the time-tested password/pin method of securing your iPhone X, check out the post below to find out how.

Cover photo and screenshots by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

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