Here’s How Apple’s Face ID Setup Will Work on the iPhone X [u]


The leaked iOS 11 GM build has provided plenty of details about the iPhone X and its various features. A new post from 9to5Mac details how Face ID will be will be setup on the device.

The setup process for Face ID remains the same as Touch ID with only a few differences. For instance, similarly to Touch ID, you will first have to enter a secondary PIN for backup purposes. Then, the setup process requires users to move their heads “in a circle, while looking at the screen.”

A message is displayed to users here that Face ID works better when it captures their faces from all angles. As per the messages shown during the setup process, the ideal distance to hold the iPhone 8 from one’s face for the facial recognition to work properly is around 10-20 inches.

The setup process is also smart enough to detect when there is another face in the frame or if it is being obstructed by something.

The Face ID settings will be present under the ‘Face ID & Passcode’ option in the Settings menu.

Update: More info on Face ID setup from @_inside’s latest tweets:


  • tomm

    The million dollar question is how and if the Face ID will work with Apple pay in Canada, right away or will we have to wait again 6 months or more for the banks to approve it and implement it? And will the Apple watch work with Apple pay right away because it does not have the Touch ID or will the combination of Apple watch and Face ID work right out of the gate? Because if it does not work, it will be a deal breaker for me. I use Apple pay with the watch wherever I can, so if it works with the Face ID and my old Apple watch, I will not really miss the Touch ID.

  • OliChabot

    I think everything will work seamlessly. Banks already agreed to Apple Pay, so Face or Touch doesn’t do much. And if you have a phone set up with an Apple Watch you will be able to use Apple Pay on your watch jus tlike we do in the moment.

  • Frustrated

    If it needs to be updated then I expect the clowns at TD will revise their garbage offering to be compatible within about 24 months.
    Don’t you love how business operates these days with the mindset of offering less product/service for more cost.

  • johnnygoodface

    I concur!

  • Mamba

    Seems like it’s the end of the road for me with new iPhones, if all these new features turns out to be true. Personally, Apple have been taking away features that I want and enjoy having year after year. Physical home button, headphone jack, “ding ding” when Siri turns on (I miss this the most), and now Touch ID…. I’ve seriously lost all interest.

  • FragilityG4

    The headphone jack is so overrated. I don’t understand the obsession with the ding ding. It’s still there within a car connected to bluetooth and you don’t need it when you’re disconnected because you get haptic/vibration feedback. Home button, I don’t know yet I will wait and see, same with Touch ID. Geez people should calm down. whats your other option? Samsung? You may as well stick with Apple and get a better version of what Samsung is copying.

  • Mamba

    I like the headphone jack simply because its practical. Wireless is great, I love it too. Would it be a deciding factor when it comes down to it? Probably not, but I’d much rather have it then not. Clearly you don’t do enough sports with your phone, otherwise you’d have an idea, how incredibly annoying and inconvenient it is to not hear the “ding ding” confirmation. For example, when I go snowboarding and connect my helmet headphones, and need to call someone. 9 out of 10 times I wouldn’t know if Siri is on or not, cause I don’t hear “ding ding”, and I definitely will not feel the vibrate. Same when I go out for a jog. Am I supposed to have to look at the phone every time? Home button – I simply just like to press a button. The capacitive home button on the 7 just don’t feel right for me. Touch ID, yeah, we’ll see.
    Yes, people definitely need to calm down, including you. Everyone has different wants and needs, and I made it very clear that these are all my personal thoughts. Sadly, like you said, there are no other options for me to choose from. iPhones are great, and I love using them. I’ve been using them for the last 9 years, after all. It’s unfortunate that it has come this point for me. For now, I’ll just keep using my current iPhone.

  • FragilityG4

    I use Siri at the gym all the time and have no problems. Furthermore when I play my sports, hockey, soccer and baseball, I’m kind of focused on them. I can see the issue with snowboarding but the jogging aspect seems like you’re grasping for straws. Again the headphone jack is overrated. I’ve used the lightning dongle at the gym a few times and it’s a none issue.
    You’re entitled to your opinion and so am I. You and everyone else are all bent out of shape and posting all over the place and the phone hasn’t even been announced. Again, everyone should calm down.

  • Matric

    Siri is absolute garbage. Rarely works, catches half of what your saying due to no ding ding so you never really know whens shes actually started listening. Ive been using Google home since it came out and its night and day a better assistant. Siri needs to be burnt with fire along with iTunes and apple can start over.

  • LouisDC

    I hope we’ll be able to add multiple “faces”, like we can add multiple fingers with TouchID.
    This would make it possible to scan your face multiple times, once with your sunglasses and once without them for example.