How to Use Face ID to Unlock an iPhone 11

The steps in this guide are going to show you how to find the setting on your iPhone 11 that allows Face ID to be used to unlock the device. We cover the steps at the start of the article, then continue below with more information and pictures for the steps.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose the Face ID & Passcode option.
  3. Enter your device passcode.
  4. Tap the button to the right of iPhone Unlock to enable it.

When you first set up your iPhone 11, part of the setup process involves taking pictures of your face. This is required if you want to use Face ID for certain activities on the device, which can include unlocking it.

Face ID replaces the Touch ID feature that was present on iPhone models with a fingerprint sensor, and is an alternative way to perform many of the same functions that were previously accomplished by Touch ID. But if you aren’t able to use Face ID to unlock your iPhone, then our tutorial below will show you how to enable that option.

How to Use Face ID for iPhone Unlock

The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.1.2. This guide assumes that you have previously set up Face ID on the device. If not, then you will need to do so on the Face ID & Passcode menu that we will be navigating to in the steps below.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the Settings app

Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Face ID & Passcode option.

open the Face ID and Passcode menu

Step 3: Enter the device passcode.

enter your device passcode

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of iPhone Unlock.

how to use Face ID to unlock your iPhone 11

Now when you lock your iPhone and wish to unlock it, simply position the iPhone in front of your face, then swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

The iOS 13 update brought about some new features, including dark mode. Find out how to stop your iPhone from automatically switching between light and dark mode if you would prefer to use one of those display modes all the time.

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