How To Disable Face ID on iPhone X and iOS 11 Devices


Apple introduced new Face ID in addition to already widely used Touch ID on iPhone and iPad. Face ID provides a another way of unlocking an iOS device and to make payments using Apple Pay. As is the case with any new technology, Face ID could be susceptible to hacker attackers as developers try to figure out best ways to incorporate it into their apps. If you remember when Touch ID was first brought onto iOS devices, it wasn’t that difficult to find ways around it. Since then Apple has made tremendous strides in improving the accuracy and security of Touch ID. It’s no longer a child’s play to hack into the Touch ID on iPhone and iPad. Same applies to Face ID. There is not easy way to hack it. You can get used to it fairly quickly. Mastering it takes only a few attempts. With that being said, Face ID is easier to hack into when compared to Touch ID. Why? Because anyone can grab your device and hold it against your face to unlock iPhone or iPad. Some say, if you are asleep and someone holds your iOS device to your face, it can be unlocked without you even aware of it. That’s why Apple has added an option to easily disable Face ID on iPhone X / iOS 11 if you are not comfortable with it.

We have already touched on this topic in the past when discussing Apple’s plans of bringing Face ID along with front facing camera integration in iPhone 8 (now named iPhone X). In the same vein, we also mentioned that Face ID, just like Touch ID, can be disabled from the lock screen. Actually there are two ways to quickly disable Face ID from the lock screen on iPhone X & iOS 11 device. Let’s take a look how they work one-by-one.

Use Power Button to Disable Face ID on iPhone X / iOS 11

First method is to quickly press the power button five times. It will disable both Touch and Face ID features. To re-enable it again, you need to enter device passcode. Face ID works only on iPhone X. The iPhone X has a power button. Though its a bit longer than the usual Power button found on other iPhone models, but it works the same.


Use Volume and Power Combination to Disable Face ID on iPhone X and iOS 11

There is another quick way of disabling Face ID from the iOS 11 device’s lock screen. To disable Face ID, press and hold the volume down and the power button simultaneously. Make sure not to press the Volume UP and Power button because it is reserved for another function, which we will discuss in upcoming posts, so stay tuned.

This is really useful in case of emergency, or when you find yourself in situation in which someone tries to mug you off. Smartphones contain lots of precious personal data on them. This trick will allow you to prevent it from getting into the hand of an unauthorized person.

Other Ways To Disable Face ID on iPhone X & iOS 11

If the above mentioned methods are not convenient for you, there are few other workaround that can disable Face ID on iPhone X and iOS 11 devices:

Here are some of the way Face ID disables itself:

  • Rebooting iPhone
  • Five failed attempts to unlock iPhone using Face ID
  • If phone hasn’t been unlock with a passcode in six and a half days or at all
  • If Face ID hasn’t unlocked your device in four hours
  • If iPhone X hasn’t been unlocked in over 48 hours with Face ID

Though Face ID has received a lukewarm response since its official announcement at the launch event of iPhone X a few weeks ago, but Apple is of the view that soon people will get used to it just like Touch ID. Whether this claim holds true only time will tell. But early reviews suggest that Face ID’s acceptance rate on iPhone X may be slower than the Touch ID mainly due to privacy concerns. Main premise on which Face ID is being sold is the ease of use and fast response time, but these very characteristics could prove to be its Achilles Heel that might discourage its widespread use.

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