How to Add an Alternative Face ID on your iPad and iPhone

With the launch of the iPhone X, Apple brought new software and hardware features, including Face ID. Before the launch of the iPhone X, Touch ID was the most secured locked system, but now Face ID is the new system to unlock your iPhone. When the iPhone X was launched, there was a restriction to add only one Face ID, but now it has changed and improved. Users can now set up an alternative Face ID to unlock their device.

The Face ID lock was restricted to only one person in the past, so if anyone uses sunglasses, a hat, or a face mask, they tend to face problems. But thankfully, this problem has now been solved because, in the new iOS and iPadOS, users can set up multiple Face IDs to unlock their iPad or iPhone.

Before moving up to the procedure to set up an additional Face ID, you should know which devices are supporting Face ID locks. So here’s the list of iPad and iPhone devices that supports Face ID.

iPad with Face ID Compatibility

  • iPad Pro 11-inch
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)

iPhone with Face ID Compatibility

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max

How to Configure an Alternative Face ID on Your iPad or iPhone

  • Open Settings on your iPad or iPhone.
  • Scroll down and move into the Face ID and Passcode
  • Type your current password to open Face ID and Passcode.
  • Click the Set up an Alternative Appearance
  • Now follow the onscreen prompt and set up your alternative Face ID.
  • You can either set up a different version of yours or allow someone else to add their face.

Remember that you can add only two faces, including your primary Face ID and Alternative Face ID. In case you wish to remove the alternative Face ID, you’ll have to open the Face ID and Passcode by using your passcode and delete it.

Face ID was first released on iOS and iPadOS 11, and with the launch of iOS 12 and iPadOS 12, Apple added an Alternative Face ID option to set up. Indeed, Face ID is more secure than Touch ID, but users have to scan their face properly to configure Face ID on their device.

People who wear glasses should set up their primary Face ID lock with glasses on, and they can set up the secondary or alternative Face ID lock with no glasses. Sensors like Dot Projector, Ambient Light Sensor play a significant role in Face ID lock, and it is also the reason Face ID is way more secured.


To set up Face ID on iPad and iPhone, users must keep their face in front of the front camera. Once the face fits in the circle, they have to rotate it slowly and properly to complete the scan. While scanning the face, users should scan their face properly and with the proper angle.

Annette Warren is a trained cyber security expert, an ardent technical writer, a magazine contributor, and a publisher of guides at She hopes to inform people about the dangers and risks that exist in the digital world through her writing.

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Hi There! I am Annette Warren and over the past few years, I have been a passionate reader of online articles and blogs. Repetitive reading has also got me into the writing groove as well, and I write a few blogs and articles based on general topics to entertain as well as inform my readers. If you want, you can go through my work and feel free to add suggestions and criticisms.

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