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Face ID Tips and Tricks: 9 Ways of Making the Facial Recognition Technology Work Properly

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Face ID is one of the most amazing smartphone technologies of the recent time. It allows you to authenticate your iPhone with your face. However, it is much slower than Touch ID. Being a first generation system, the facial recognition technology comes with several issues. Yes, it does work 90% of the time. However, there are sometimes when you will be frustrated with your face not being recognized. But if you follow these Face ID tips and tricks, you can get rid of the irritating experience. Now, let’s dive in.

Face ID Tips and Tricks - Keep the Black Notch Clean

Face ID Tips and Tricks: Keep the Black Notch Clean

Face ID utilizes the new TrueDepth camera to detect your face. The component is placed in the black notch on the top of the display. If it is being obstructed by dirt or other external objects, the Face ID will never work. So, make sure that it remains always clean.

Face ID Tips and Tricks - Get Rid of Attention Locking

Face ID Tips and Tricks: Get Rid of Attention Locking

In all the latest iPhone models and the last year’s iPhone X, you will find a feature, called “Require Attention for Face ID.” Very often, it disables the Face ID from recognizing you in case you fail to make a direct eye contact. To get rid of this issue, you have to get rid of attention locking. To do it, head to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Then switch off the button beside “Require Attention for Face ID.”

Face ID Tips and Tricks - Stop Using Sunglasses

Face ID Tips and Tricks: Stop Using Sunglasses

The Face ID utilizes IR to detect your face. But when you wear sunglasses, it fails to do so. The reason is pretty simple. The glass block IR. To get rid of this issue, you should deactivate the Attention Detection feature, which has been discussed in the previous trick.

Face ID Tips and Tricks - Maintain an Optimal Distance

Face ID Tips and Tricks: Maintain an Optimal Distance

While using Face ID, you should hold your iPhone between 10-20 inches. The technology works best with the specific range. If you hold it beyond the range, the technology will not work properly. The same thing will happen if you bring the device too close to your face. So, whenever you face any problem with Face ID, try moving your device forward or backward.

Face ID Tips and Tricks - Try Using Different Angles

Face ID Tips and Tricks: Try Using Different Angles

The Face ID might not recognize your face in the bright outdoors. The reason behind it is associated with the sunlight. Just like any other smartphone shooters, the blaring light can make the TrueDepth camera very confused. As a result, it fails to detect your face. In this case, you should try using different angles. You can also try tilting the device in a different way. It will definitely make the Face ID work.

Face ID Tips and Tricks - Use Passcodes to Get Rid of Irritation Quickly

Face ID Tips and Tricks: Use Passcodes to Get Rid of Irritation Quickly

There are sometimes when you need to get into your device pretty quickly. But the Face ID stops to work properly. It can turn out as a very irritating experience. In this case, you should use passcodes, rather than trying to use the facial recognition technology. If you enter the passcode correctly, you will get into your iPhone instantly. You will not have to use Face ID. Thus, you can get rid of the frustrating experience pretty quickly.

Face ID Tips and Tricks - Add a Second Face

Face ID Tips and Tricks: Add a Second Face

In iOS 12, you can get a second face to the Face ID. It enables you to add your face in such a way that the Face ID would have not been able to identify. For example, you can add a second face while wearing sunglass or hat. To do it, head to Settings > Appearance. Tap on “Set up an alternative appearance.” Then follow the instructions shown on the screen.

Face ID Tips and Tricks - Don’t Move

Face ID Tips and Tricks: Don’t Move

While the camera scans your face, don’t move your face. The IR beam will not be able to detect you unless you are stationary. If you move, it will be harder for the technology to perform accurately. So, you will be forced to perform face recognition multiple times. So, it’s always better to stay stationary while using Face ID.

Face ID Tips and Tricks - Try Resetting Face ID

Face ID Tips and Tricks: Try Resetting Face ID

If nothing works out, you should try resetting existing Face ID. In other words, you will have to wipe out all the data of your current ID and set up a new one. To do it, head to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Enter your passcode. Tap on Reset Face ID and follow the instructions shown on the screen.

This is the end of the article. Have you been benefitted using these Face ID tips and tricks. Share your thoughts by hitting the comment button.

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