Set up Face ID on iPad

Set up Face ID on iPad

Use Face ID (supported models) to securely and conveniently unlock iPad, authorize purchases and payments, and sign in to many third-party apps by simply glancing at your iPad.

To use Face ID, you must also set a passcode on your iPad.

Set up Face ID or add an alternate appearance

  • If you didn’t set up Face ID when you first set up your iPad, go to Settings  > Face ID & Passcode > Set up Face ID, then follow the onscreen instructions.

  • To set up an additional appearance for Face ID to recognize, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Set Up an Alternate Appearance, then follow the onscreen instructions.

    The Face ID recognition setup screen. A face is showing on the screen, enclosed in a circle. Text below that instructs you to move your head slowly to complete the circle.

If you have physical limitations, you can tap Accessibility Options during Face ID set up. When you do this, setting up facial recognition doesn’t require the full range of head motion. Using Face ID is still secure, but it requires more consistency in how you look at iPad.

Face ID also has an accessibility feature you can use if you’re blind or have low vision. If you don’t want Face ID to require that you look at iPad with your eyes open, go to Settings > Accessibility > Face ID & Attention, then turn off Require Attention for Face ID. This feature is automatically turned off if you turn on VoiceOver when you first set up iPad. See Change Face ID and attention settings on iPad.

Temporarily disable Face ID

You can temporarily prevent Face ID from unlocking your iPad.

  1. Press and hold the top button and either volume button for 2 seconds.

  2. After the sliders appear, press the top button to immediately lock iPad.

    iPad locks automatically if you don’t touch the screen for a minute or so.

The next time you unlock iPad with your passcode, Face ID is enabled again.

Turn off Face ID

  1. Go to Settings  > Face ID & Passcode.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Turn off Face ID for specific items only: Turn off one or more options: iPad Unlock, Apple Pay, iTunes & App Store, or Safari AutoFill.

    • Turn off Face ID: Tap Reset Face ID.

If your device is lost or stolen, you can prevent Face ID from being used to unlock your device with Find My iPhone Lost Mode. (See Add your iPad to Find My.)

For more information about Face ID, see About Face ID advanced technology.

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