When Apple introduced Face ID in 2017 people at first were apprehensive. Would it work as well as Touch ID? The good is was that answer that it did–and it was much faster too.
But one area where Touch ID excelled over Face ID was Touch ID allowed for five fingerprints to be stored in your phone, meaning up to five people could unlock a single phone (or iPad). When Apple introduced Face ID in the iPhone X, it only supported a single face.
But now with iOS 12, Apple allows an “alternate face” to be set up in Face ID. While Apple created this “alternate face” feature for allowing a single user to create two scans of their face for better recognition–perhaps one scan with your glasses on, and one scan with them off–many people are using the new feature to add another user to Face ID so they can unlock the iPhone as well.
So why might you want to allow another user to unlock your phone? It’s useful for families that share a mobile phone–as children often do. Or in case you want your spouse to be able to access your phone if you forget it at home.
The important thing is, no matter what the reason you have for doing so, Face ID now allows you to set up two different people to use it on the same device. To do so you’ll need an iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR running iOS 12. Got that? Good, now here’s how you set up another face in Face ID.
- Open the Settings app in iOS 12.
- Scroll down to where it says Face ID & Passcode and tap it.
- Next, you’ll need to enter your passcode to verify it’s you.
- Now on the Face ID & Passcode screen, tap the “Set Up an Alternate Appearance.”
- The standard Face ID setup procedure will now begin, so hand the phone to the person who you want to add to your Face ID and tell them to follow the steps, which include:
- Tap Set Up Face ID, then have the second user position their face in front of your device and tap Get Started.
- Now they should look straight into your iPhone and place their face inside the frame.
- Next, they should move their head to complete the green circle.
- When they finish the first Face ID scan, they should tap Continue.
- Now they should move their head to complete the circle for the second time.
- When Face ID setup is complete, tap Done.
If you follow all these steps you second user will now be able to unlock your iPhone with their face.