Apple Has No Immediate Plans to Add Multiple-User Support for Face ID: REPORT


Apple is currently focusing on single-user authentication with Face ID on the iPhone X, likely meaning that support will not be added for multiple-user support in the near future.

According to an alleged email exchange between a customer and Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi posted on Reddit, Apple doesn’t have any immediate plans to implement multiple-user authentication with Face ID.

The customer in question brought up concerns regarding the iPhone X‘s Face ID system and how he can no longer share an iPhone with his spouse. In the past, both he and his wife had registered their fingerprints on previous devices, allowing each to have access to the other’s iPhone.

Federighi’s response makes it clear that Apple currently intends the iPhone to be a single-user device, and that there aren’t any immediate plans to add multiple-user support.

The Redditor who shared the email has a generally good reputation on said website, so one can be inclined to believe the email exchange to be genuine.

According to Apple, Face ID has a one in 1,000,000 chance of being bypassed, while Touch ID has a one in 50,000 chance. As such, Face ID is generally very secure, however only for one user, at the moment.

Vietnamese security firm Bkav recently found a way to trick Face ID with 3D-printed masks.


  • Jay

    Huge wasted potential….
    Whats the point of the phone recognizing me if it wont recognize anyone else?

    I would love to be able to hand my phone to my daughter and have it open up a restricted area with just her games

  • FragilityG4

    I would think there would be two reasons. 1. Speed. 2. It might weaken security as its looking for multiple users.

  • sukisszoze

    They will need multiple users Face ID if this is going to be used in iPads.

  • Flash

    Or, you know a password that the family knows?

  • Flash

    Just let her know your password then?

  • Bill___A

    Yes, if they allowed a second user, the device would be two faced! My wife’s fingerprint is on my iPhone and iPad and it is quite convenient – for the same reasons that were outlined in the above email.

  • FragilityG4

    Batman’s behind this decision!