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How to add a second face to Face ID on your iPhone

Apple’s Face ID feature lets you unlock your iPhone using more than one face, making it a fast and secure way to unlock your device.

Scan new appearance face id iphone
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Setting up Apple’s Face ID feature for the iPhone isn’t too difficult or time-consuming; however, what happens when you need to give more than one person individual access to your phone?

Well, if you didn’t know, Apple allows you to add one alternate appearance to Face ID. But that’s it, one alternate Face ID appearance per device. Having an alternate appearance is particularly great if you want to give your partner or spouse access to your phone.

Whatever your situation may be, you have options. However, while adding more than one face to the system is possible, you need to follow a few additional steps.

How to add a second face to Face ID

Before looking at the steps that you need to take, keep in mind that Apple states that adding a second face to Face ID is not possible. The option is not supported because it could compromise your phone’s security.

With that disclaimer out of the way, you can avoid Apple’s limitations by tricking the system. Here’s how.

  1. Head on over to SettingsAdd face id iphone

  2. Select Face ID & Passcode to go to your security settingsAdd face to face id iphone

  3. Tap “Set Up an Alternate AppearanceAlternate appearance face id

  4. Follow the prompts to add your face to Face ID.Alternate appearance face id setup

  5. When asked to scan your alternate appearance, scan the other individual’s face instead Scan new appearance face id iphone

  6. Press the Side button to lock the device and allow the second individual to unlock the phone with
    their face. This will confirm if you successfully added an alternate appearance

Now, if you had previously set up an Alternate Appearance in Face ID, you will not be given an option to set up a new one. If this is the case, you must select Reset Face ID to delete all the faces in the iPhone and reconfigure the feature by following the steps above.

Furthermore, you cannot delete an Alternate Appearance. So if you decide later on that you want to prevent the individual from accessing your iPhone, you will have to reset your Face ID completely and reconfigure it using only your face.

Face ID configured for two faces poses safety concerns

Face ID has evolved to the point where it rarely makes mistakes. If you configure it using two faces, its recognition algorithm will not get less efficient. However, it does mean that the second person will also be able to make payments and purchases using your phone. Only configure Face ID for yourself and an individual that you trust entirely.

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Krima Desai is a passionate technology journalist with extensive experience in leading online media outlets.

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