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How to temporarily disable or turn off Face ID

In a tweet, analyst Ross Young says under-panel Face ID many not arrive on Apple’s smartphone line-up until the iPhone 18 Pro and iPhone 18 Pro Max models in 2026.

As you doubtless know, you can use Face ID to securely and conveniently unlock your iPhone, authorize purchases and payments, and sign in to many third-party apps by simply glancing at your smartphone. 

However, you can temporarily disable or turn off the feature, if you wish. Let’s look at how to do this.

Temporarily disable Face ID

You can temporarily prevent Face ID from unlocking your iPhone.

  1. Press and hold the side button and either volume button for 2 seconds.
  2. After the sliders appear, press the side button to immediately lock iPhone.
    iPhone locks automatically if you don’t touch the screen for a minute or so.

The next time you unlock iPhone 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 of the options.
    • Turn off Face ID for face masks: Turn off Face ID with a Mask.
    • Turn off Face ID: Tap Reset Face ID.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages.)

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.