Face ID can recognize more than one face in iOS 12


One of the more interesting, minor new features in iOS 12 is the introduction of multi-user support for Face ID. The feature was not officially announced at WWDC, or even mentioned anywhere, but 9to5Mac reports that it is live in iOS 12 for the iPhone X.

It can be activated via a new option in Face ID settings, somewhat cryptically called "Set Up an Alternative Appearance." The description below the new toggle is similarly vague, elaborating that, "In addition to continuously learning how you look, Face ID can recognize an alternative appearance."

The gist of it is that Face ID can now recognize a second face... or a mask, if for some reason you want to use a mask to unlock your iPhone.

Jokes aside, this feature is likely intended to be used for parental control in a future iPad with Face ID support, though it's made its way to the iPhone X as well.

One of the current downsides of multi-user support is that you can't reset just one of the faces you've enrolled into the system, 9to5Mac reports. Instead, if you want to add a new face, you'll be forced to clear out both faces and them anew.

source: 9to5Mac

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14 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It already does..

3. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Exactly my first thought.

4. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

It does? Mind sharing where the setting is for that?

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Come on :) It's related to privacy issues, where one person can unlock iPhone that isn't theirs. It was meant as a joke/reminder.

13. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

We copied it from Samsung. They can use pictures though. One day we will catch up!

2. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Face ID is also quicker in iOS 12. Sometimes I don't even see the animation.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4220; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Do you still have to swipe up like an animal after unlocking?

6. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2215; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is sweet! This is the start of building multiple profiles on a single iPhone or iPad. By next year they will expand the user account. Thank you Apple!

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1425; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

More than likely it will also make Face ID more vulnerable. It's not exactly foolproof as is.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1678; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

good. now i can face id myself wearing glasses and masks in the winter without taking them off.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

- nothing clever -

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31103; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is a mild, yet very good update. Some cool new things, and some much needed ones. Installing day one.

14. sarahkevin

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 06, 2018

Thinking about my phone, It's not addiction. I booted social media ages ago and only have time-wasting pop/crush games. What does make me appear addicted is that it is the best multi-purpose tool ever! My little iPhone is my camera, mapbook, torch, wallet, ticket holder, radio etc.

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