Facial Recognition System (Face ID) is a biometric authentication technology that was first designed and developed by Apple Inc. for the iPhone X. Apple Inc. intended to replace the Touch ID, with the Face ID because of its many flaws. The Face ID was designed to protect iPhone X users' information.

However, this technology has a huge drawback, locking iPhone X users from accessing their iOS files due to failed facial authentication. Therefore, In this article, we will provide you the guides and show you how to unlock iPhone X without Face ID and other tips about Face ID on iPhone X/XS/XR.

Face ID on iPhone X

Part 1: How to Unlock iPhone X/XS/XR without Face ID in 2 Ways

Way 1: Unlock iPhone X without Face ID by Using Passcode

Like Touch ID, Apple has its safeguards. If Face ID tries to authenticate on your face and unmatches 5 times, and that will trigger its safeguard system and require your passcode to make sure your are the owner. Which means, your screen passcode is allowed to unlock your iPhone X when you do not want to use Face ID on your iPhone. Now, let me show 2 methods to unlock iPhone X without Face ID by using your passcode.

Method 1

Step 1: Keep holding both the side button and volume button until the “slide to power off” interface appears.

Step 2: Click the “Cancel” button at the bottom and then you will be required to enter passcode to unlock your iPhone.

use power off screen to unlock iphone x without face id

Method 2

Step 1: Quickly click the side button five times to trigger Emergency SOS mode.

Step 2: You will see a countdown showed on your screen, what you should do is to stop the Emergency SOS calling within 5 seconds. Then, it will ask you to enter the passcode to unlock your iPhone X.

use emergency sos mode to unlock iphone x without face id


These steps just disable Face ID temporarily, the next time you unload your iPhone X with the passcode, Face ID will be enabled again.

Way 2: Unlock iPhone X without Face ID via Reboot

Besides using passcode, you can also unlock your iPhone X without Face ID by rebooting your iPhone. Here is the step-by-step guide on how to do it.

Step 1: Tap volume up button on the left of your iPhone X.

Step 2: Tap volume down button on the left of your iPhone X.

Step 3: Press and keep holding the side button until the Apple logo appears, then let go and your phone will restart.

steps to reboot iphone x

Step 4: Now you can use the numeric passcode to access your iPhone after the reboot.


The reboot process will erase all the data, settings and applications stored on your iPhone X. Please make sure to back up all information and data on your iPhone.

Part 2: How to Turn off Face ID on Your iPhone X/XS/XR

Have you ever imagine that if someone holds your iPhone X and points it at your face, your iPhone might unlock and then that guy can get full access to your iPhone. That will put your privacy under the risk. For this case, maybe uses a passcode will be safer. So, if you want to turn off Face ID, just follow the steps below.

Turn off Face ID for Specific Applications

Step 1: Go to “Settings” on your iPhone, then tap “Face ID & Passcode”.

Step 2: Type your passcode if you have already set a passcode.

Step 3: Toggle the slider to disable Face ID for specific item.

turn off face id for specific application

Turn off Face ID for All Applications

Step 1: Go to “Settings” > “Face ID & Passcode”. Type the passcode if asked.

Step 2: Scroll down and find a red “Reset Face ID” option, tap it. That it. Now you have already turned off Face ID on your iPhone X/XS/XR.

reset face id on your iphone x

Part 3: FAQs about Face ID on iPhone X/XS/XR

hot faqs about face id on iphone x

Q Is Face ID required to use on iPhone X?

NO. It is not mandatory to use your iPhone X's facial recognition feature. You can instead opt to use a passcode and entirely do away with the Face ID. The facial recognition setup can easily be skipped during the first use or setup of your device giving you the choice of using other verification methods such as the use of a passcode. If you choose to use a passcode, then you can easily use your iPhone X even without ever registering the Face ID.

Q What happens if I don not use Face ID?

You might lose access to a few nice features such as you won’t be able to unlock your iPhone X, iPhone XS or iPhone XR quickly. You have to unlock your iPhone by swiping and entering the passcode. Please pay attention that there is no Touch ID on iPhone X/XS/XR, so if you don’t use Face ID, there is a kind of troublesome that you must enter passcode everytime when you unlocking your iPhone, confriming purchases, downloading apps from App Store.

Q Can I skip Face ID setup on iPhone X?

Of course, you can skip the Face ID scanning during the initial setup. Besides Face ID, you can use a passcode to protect your data privacy on your iPhone X.

Q Can I enable Face ID later if I change my mind?

Yes, you are allowed to enable Face ID anytime. What you should do just go to “Settings” > “Face ID & Passcode”. If you have already set a passcode, enter your passcode and tap “Set Up Face ID” and follow the steps to enable Face ID on your iPhone X/XS/XR.

Q Can I turn off Face ID if I have already enabled it?

Yes. You can disable or even turn off Face ID at any time. We have already showed you how to temporarily disable Face ID in Part 2 and how turn off Face ID on iPhone X/XS/XR in Part 3. Please check those if you need a help.

Q Is Face ID secure? Is it safe? Is my face recognition data kept private?

Generally speaking, Face ID is safe as Apple concerns about their customer's experience and privacy. They made a long FAQ to answer this kind of question which you can refer here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208108. In terms of privacy, they made it clear that users' privacy is encrypted and protected.

face id privacy policy on Apple website

Q Can I still use Animoji if I don’t enable Face ID on my iPhone X?

The answer is yes! Animoji is a type of emoji that first launched in 2017 on iPhone X. You can control this kind of emoji to match the motion of your face. Since it launched, it receives a wide population among iPhone users. In brief, Animoji uses the front camera to collect your facial motions and gestures. So, even you disable Face ID on your iPhone X, Animoji can still be created like normal.


We hope that those methods mentioned above can help you solve how to unlock your iPhone X without Face ID successfully. We also provide some answers about FAQs about iPhone X/XS/XR Face ID. If you have any questions about iPhone X/XS/XR that we did not mention, please let a comment under this article and let us know what can we do for you.