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Setting an Alternate Face ID on iPhone


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You don’t always look the same at every hour of the day.

Facial recognition tech has come a long way in the last decade, though it’s still not quite infallible. I, for one, roll around a lot in my sleep, so when I wake up in the morning, my face is so covered in pillow marks, my phone can’t recognize me. If you’re the kind of person that wears many faces, but also likes to use your face to access your iPhone, there is a solution: simply add a second face to your Face ID.

Your iPhone’s Face ID is programmed to recognize your face, but only a particular permutation of your face. If there’s a particular time of day that your face is different, whether you’ve just put makeup on or have pillow marks all over it, you can program your phone to recognize both. All you need to do is open the Face ID & Passcode options in your Settings menu and select Set up an Alternate Appearance.

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