How to unlock your iPhone X with Face ID

One of the most exciting features of the new iPhone X is the front-facing camera with TrueDepth technology. Now unlocking your phone is as simple as looking at your phone.

During your initial setup you will be prompted to set up Face ID, and this involves rotating your head in a circular motion to capture different angles of your face. If you skipped this section, you can head to Settings > Face ID and Passcode > Set up Face ID.

  1. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. If asked, enter your passcode.
  2. Tap Set Up Face ID, then position your face in front of your device and tap Get Started.
  3. Look straight into your iPhone and place your face inside the frame.
  4. Gently move your head to complete the circle. If you’re unable to move your head, tap Accessibility Options.
  5. When you finish the first Face ID scan, tap Continue.
  6. Gently move your head to complete the circle for a second time.
  7. When Face ID setup is complete, tap Done.

If you didn’t set a passcode, you’ll be asked to create one to use as an alternate way to verify your identity.

Once Face ID is set up, you simply need to swipe up the lock screen with your eyes open, and your iPhone X will unlock — you’ll see a padlock icon unlocking. Your iPhone X will not unlock if you do not make eye contact with the phone.

Apple recommends never resetting your Face ID data, even if it’s not performing well for you. The system memorizes your features every time you use it, so resetting it would only set it back from recognizing your face. It may not work with drastic changes to your appearance, such as if you shave off a full beard.

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