How to Turn On Face ID for Apps in Settings

If you're wondering how to put a password on your apps, Face ID is a great way to go.

This article will tell you how to set up Face ID in an app. Face ID can be used to unlock apps on the iPhone. For example, when I open my Day One journaling app, it pretty quickly recognizes it’s me and lets me in. This saves me from needing to enter the passcode. Whether or not Face ID works with an app depends on the app’s developers and what they’ve programmed the app to be able to do. But you can easily see which of your apps will work with Face ID within Settings; you can also turn Face ID on for apps in the same place. Here’s how to put Face ID on apps in settings on the iPhone.

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Related: How to Set up Face ID, plus Using It to Unlock Apps & Make Purchases

If you want to know how to add Face ID to your apps, the first thing to know is you do it in Settings. For more ways to customize your iPhone's security, check out our Tip of the Day.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select Face ID & Passcode.

    Toggle on Face ID & Passcode
  3. Enter your iPhone passcode.
  4. Under Use Face ID For, select Other Apps.

    select Other Apps
  5. Toggle on the apps you want to let use Face ID for unlocking.

    toggle apps to the on position to sign in using Face ID

Now, when you go to open an enabled app, you'll be able to sign in using your Face ID.

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