Face ID is a very secure and fast way to unlock iPhone or iPad (as long as they are compatible with this technology, of course), but you might not know that you can configure that multiple faces 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 yourself with a somewhat different appearance: with a beard, with sunglasses, but not with a mask.
We explain how to set up an alternate face in Face ID.
Which iPhones and iPads are compatible with a second face of Face ID?
Obviously, this feature is limited to devices that support Face ID. There you go: all iPhones since iPhone X except iPhone 8 and iPhone SE (2020). As for iPads, only iPad Pro from 2018 are.
Can you use a mask for one of the faces in Face ID?
While this would have been really helpful during the pandemic, unfortunately the scanning process still identifies that you are wearing a mask and asks you to take it off. This is probably to prevent a false positive from happening and everyone being able to unlock your device.
Fortunately, 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 ID face on iPhone or iPad
To set up a second face for the iOS facial recognition system, you’ll need to follow more or less the same process you used to set up the first. We guide you step by step through the process:
1. Open “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad and select “Face ID and Passcode”.
2. Type your password.
3. Then tap on “Define another face”.
4. Read the on-screen instructions, then press “Start”.
5. Scan your face as you normally would (or the face of the person you want to be able to unlock your phone to).
6. When the first scan is complete, press “Continue”.
7. Scan the alternate face again and click “OK” to complete the process.