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How to add a second face in Face ID

Face ID is a very safe and fast way to unlock the iPhone or iPad (as long as they are compatible with this technology, of course), but you may not know that you can configure that more than one face can use this function.

This second face can be that of a close person, which would allow your partner or your child to access your mobile without having to put it in front of you. But you can also be you with a somewhat different appearance: with a beard, with sunglasses, but not with a mask.

We explain how to configure an alternative face in Face ID.

What iPhones and iPads are compatible with a second face of Face ID?

Obviously, this feature is limited to those devices that support Face ID. That’s it: all iPhones since the iPhone X, except for the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE (2020). As for iPads, only iPads Pro from 2018 onwards are.

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Can you use a mask for one of the faces in Face ID?

Although it would have been really useful during the pandemic, unfortunately the scanning process always identifies that you are wearing a mask and asks you to remove it. It is probably to prevent a false positive from occurring and anyone can unlock your device.

Luckily, there is an alternative as we explain in our articles How to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask and How to unlock your iPhone with a mask using your Apple Watch.

How to set up a second face of Face ID on iPhone or iPad

To configure a second face for the iOS facial recognition system, you will have to follow more or less the same process that you used to configure the first one. We guide you through the process step by step:

1. Open the ‘Settings’ of your iPhone or iPad and select ‘Face ID and code’.

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2. Enter your password.

3. Then, tap on ‘Set an alternate face’.

Four. Read the on-screen instructions and then tap on ‘Get Started’.

5. Scan your face as you normally would (or that of the person you want to be able to unlock your phone).

6. When the first scan is done, tap on ‘Continue’.

7. Rescan the alternative face and click on ‘OK’ to finish the process.

Alternate face Face ID

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