Face ID on iPhone has an option you probably didn't know about — here's how to enable it

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You're likely familiar with Face ID if you own a recent iPhone. But other than a little lock icon it can be hard to see if it's worked or not. And if that annoys you, then there's an option we think you should know about.

Hidden under the Accessibility options in the Settings app, there's a toggle that will make the phone give haptic feedback when Face ID reads your face successfully. This way you'll have a clearer indication of when your phone's unlocked, or if something like Apple Pay or an App Store purchase has worked.

Whether you need this vibration option enabled in order to use your iPhone to its full potential, or just think it'll be handy to have, here are the directions to get haptic feedback when using Face ID on iPhone.

How to get haptic feedback when using Face ID on iPhone

1. In Settings, open Accessibility

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That's the little blue icon with the person in a circle, if you've not seen it before.

2. Now open Face ID & Attention

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It's partway down the page under the Physical and Motor heading

3. Toggle Haptic on Successful Authentication to On

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Now every time you unlock your iPhone with Face ID, you'll feel your phone make a small vibration. It also buzzes other times you use Face ID, such as when authorizing payments or logging into secured apps.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to iPhone tips we can show you. We recommend looking at how to make back-to-back Siri requests for simpler use of the iPhone's digital assistant, or how to get kaleidoscopic wallpapers on iPhone for a sophisticated-looking background.

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Richard Priday
Assistant Phones Editor

Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.