How To Enable and Configure 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 compliment 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.

With the iPhone X's worldwide release just around the corner, many will naturally be wondering how to set up this awesome new security feature. So if you're curious how to enable Face ID, we've got you covered. 

Enrolling in Face ID
To get started, open the Settings app on your iPhone X and select "Face ID & Passcode." From there, choose "Enroll Face," then 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.
How To Enable and Configure Face ID on the iPhone X
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Once your face has been successfully captured, you'll be asked to set a backup passcode if you haven't already, so follow the prompts to take care of that.

When you're finished, you'll be able to unlock your your iPhone 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) or by pressing the side button. Then, just 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.

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.