How to Unlock Your iPhone X/XS/XR without Face ID

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Summary: Face ID is the new security feature of iPhone X which has been released several months ago. However, many people may wonder if it is safe enough and do not want to use it. Therefore, this guide will tell you how to unlock iPhone X without Face ID and other security tips.
iPhone X was unveiled by Apple to mark its 10th-anniversary hitting stores on November 3rd, and we can all admit that it came with a sleek new design and a whole pack of cool new aspects one of them being the Face ID, a security feature which is said to replace the Touch ID. It allows you to use facial recognition to unlock your iPhone X and perform other verification tasks.

But is it as secure and authentic as Apple is saying? Is it safe? Can anyone unlock your iPhone X without your knowledge? These are just some of the many questions revolving around the iPhone X’s ability to scan your face to unlock your iPhone. Read on to know more and get answers to questions revolving around unlocking iPhone X without Face ID.

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How Do You Unlock Your iPhone X/XS/XR without Face ID?

#1. Forgot The Passcode, Unlock iPhone X without Face ID?

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 (a finger-print based system), 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.

If you’re locked out of your iPhone X, you can gain access to your iOS information by using an advanced iPhone/iPad unlocking tool called iMyFone LockWiper. With this iPhone/iPad unlocking tool, you don’t keep attempting to unlock your iPhone with Face ID, just download and install LockWiper on your PC, and connect your iPhone to your PC to access your iOS files again.

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Unlock iPhone X without Face ID via LockWiper

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone LockWiper on your computer. Launch iMyFone LockWiper and choose “Start”.

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Step 2: Connect your iPhone X to your computer using Apples original lightning cable.

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Step 3: Put your iPhone X in DFU mode by following the instruction below:

  • Quickly press the Volume Up button first and then the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Side button. Don't release it when the screen turns black.
  • Press and hold the Volume Down button together with the Side button for 5 seconds.
  • After 5 seconds, release the Side button but keep holding the Volume Down button for at least 5 seconds.

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    Step 4: When you see the download interface. Make sure you choose the right model and then click “Download”.

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    Step 5: After downloading the firmware for your iPhone X. Click “Start to Verify”.

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    Step 6: After that, click “Start Unlock” to start unlocking your iPhone X.

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    Step 7: Input “000000” to double confirm unlocking, then click “Unlock”. It’ll reset locked iPhone.

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    Step 8: Your iPhone will restart after unlocking.

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    #2. Remenber The Passcode, Unlock iPhone X with Screen Passcode?

    If you opt not to use the facial recognition feature on your iPhone X, the other option that you have is the use of a passcode just like on other iPhone models before iPhone X. However, to do this, you must choose this choice as a sole way or as a supplementary method to unlock your phone during the device setup. To unlock iPhone X without Face ID:

    Step 1. Pick up the iPhone to activate the raise to wake feature. You can also tap the screen or even press the power button instead.
    Step 2. Once the screen turns on, use the “swipe to unlock” feature by swiping the screen from bottom upwards.

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    Step 3. After using the swipe up gesture then a Passcode Screen follows where you are supposed to enter your passcode.
    Step 4. Enter your passcode, and your iPhone X will unlock without Face ID.

    Hot Stories about iPhone X/XS/XR Face ID Leak

    Apple claimed that it was making the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone release with the iPhone X. With it came the facial recognition technology for unlocking the iPhone. However, there are a few hot stories that have been surfacing online which are raising concerns on whether one’s data is kept private with Face recognition feature

    i. Moms iPhone x unlocked by 10-year-old’s face

    A video has recently surfaced online showing a 10-year-old, Ammar Malik, unlocking her mom’s iPhone X which was set using her Facial ID split seconds after he looked at it which is very annoying. You can watch the video here.

    ii. iPhone X unlocked by owner’s brother using Face ID

    Also, another hot story is a video which an iPhone X owner has shared showing his brother who is not a twin unlocking his new iPhone X Using Face ID. This has revealed possible flaws in the Apple’s new security question are making people question its safety and authenticity regarding one’s privacy. You can watch the video here:

    iii. Hackers say they have broken Face ID a week after iPhone X release

    Finally, the face ID has been cracked. This was successfully achieved by a Vietnamese security firm Bkav which is seen through a video they released online showing how they hacked and tricked iPhone X to unlock. According to the video, they used a combination several materials to duplicate a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts resembling an owners face. To know more watch the video here

    Useful Tips about iPhone X/XS/XR Face ID

    Do I have to Use Face ID on iPhone X? Is Face ID Required to Use 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. If you choose to use a passcode, then you can easily use your iPhone X even without ever registering the Face ID.

    Can You Skip Face ID Setup on iPhone X Right Away?

    Yes. 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 change your mind later, you can easily enable it in settings

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    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: In terms of privacy, they made it clear that users’ privacy is encrypted and protected.

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    Can Someone Else Use My iPhone X Even though Face ID is Registered to My Face?

    Although Apple protects users’ privacy, the answer is Sure. If they know your passcode, they can unlock your iPhone X and use it even the Face ID is still registered to your face.

    On the other hand, if your Face ID is enabled, and someone else gets your iPhone X. They can easily unlock your iPhone X by holding it up to your face while you are looking at something. It sounds ridiculous, but is not impossible. Therefore, if you are worrying about the security of Face ID, it’s suggested to just disable it. Look at the following paragraph.

    Are There Ways Face ID will Disable Itself?

    Yes. There are ways through which you can temporarily disable the Face ID feature on your iPhone X. Some of the known techniques include:

    • If your iPhone is in iOS 11, you can easily activate the Emergency SOS by clicking the power button 5 times in a row. After the Emergency SOS is activated, your Face ID will be disabled until you input the passcode.
    • Leaving your iPhone X locked and unused for an extended period of more than 48 hrs.
    • You can also disable Face ID by shutting down or restarting your iPhone.
    • Five unsuccessful Face ID attempts force the feature to disable itself.
    • Also, remotely locking your iPhone X using the Find My iPhone disables the Face ID function.


    1. As for iPhone X, as it will go straight into countdown mode to call 911, you need to tap “Stop Calling”, then the Face ID will be disabled successfully.
    2. It’s important to keep your iPhone locking before you activate the Emergency SOS, or your need to lock your iPhone first then start the process.

    Can I Turn off Face ID after I have already Enabled It?

    Yes. If you had enabled Face ID during your iPhone X setup and along the way realize that it is not safe enough or feel that its infringing on your privacy then you can easily disable it entirely through the Settings app Face ID & Passcode settings options by toggling the face ID setting to switch it off.