“Face ID Has Been Disabled” On iPhone? Here’s The Real Fix!

You can’t use Face ID on your iPhone and you’re not sure why. No matter what you do, this biometric security feature isn’t working. In this article, I’ll explain why “Face ID Has Been Disabled” on your iPhone and show you how to fix the problem!

Turn Your iPhone Off & Back On

Restarting your iPhone is a common fix for minor software problems. Every program running on your iPhone shuts down naturally, which can potentially fix issues with Face ID.

To turn off your iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or XR, simultaneously press and hold either volume button and the side button until slide to power off appears on the display. Slide the white and red power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone. Wait a few moments, then press and hold the side button to turn your iPhone on again. You can release the side button when the Apple logo appears on the screen.

turn off your iphone

Update Your iPhone

While unlikely, it’s possible Face ID has been disabled because of a software issue that has already been fixed by a new iOS update. Apple regularly releases software updates to fix bugs, introduce new features, and keep your iPhone running smoothly.

Open Settings and tap General -> Software Update. Tap Download and Install or Install Now if a new iOS update is available.

download and install ios 15.4

Reset Face ID On Your iPhone

Sometimes erases all of the Face ID settings on your can fix a software glitch preventing it from working properly. Your saved face will be completely erased, and you’ll be able to set Face ID up again like new.

To reset Face ID on your iPhone, open Settings and tap Face ID & Passcode. Then, enter your alphanumeric passcode if you’ve set one up. Finally, tap Reset Face ID.

reset face id on iphone

Now, you can set up Face ID like new. Tap Set Up Face ID, then follow the on-screen instructions.

Put Your iPhone In DFU Mode

Putting your iPhone in DFU mode and restoring is the last step we can take to completely rule out a software problem. A DFU restore is usually the first thing a Tech or Genius will do if you bring your iPhone into the Apple Store.

The DFU restore erases and reloads every single line of code on your iPhone, which is why it’s the deepest type of restore you can perform on an iOS device. We recommend saving an iPhone backup before putting your iPhone into DFU mode, just to make sure you have a saved copy of all your files, data, and information.

Check out our step-by-step DFU restore guide when you’re ready to put your iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or XR in DFU mode.

Contact Apple Support

In many cases, “Face ID Has Been Disabled” on your iPhone because of a hardware issue with the TrueDepth camera. If the TrueDepth camera is broken, you won’t be able to create Animojis either.

You should contact Apple support as soon as possible, either online, in-store, or over the phone if you believe there’s a hardware problem with your iPhone’s TrueDepth camera. Apple has a standard 14-day return policy for defective products. If you bring your broken iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or XR back to Apple within this return window, they’ll almost always replace it.

Face ID: Working Again!

You’ve fixed the problem with Face ID on your iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or XR and now it’s much more secure! Make sure to share this article on social media to let your family and friends know what to do if their iPhone says “Face ID Has Been Disabled”. Leave any other questions you have in the comments section down below.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Christine Nguyen
8 months ago

I got the same issue with everyone like this after my iPhone Xs Max update a new IOS software to 15.4.1. And I also try my best to do with all the guidance like all of you left the comment or the apple support online assistance. For example: such as restore or reset all back to factory but it still does not fix or help. The face still has caused errors. It still has been disabled. Please guide me and help me if everyone who knows to fix this problem. I am thankful all to your help.

Emmanuel
1 year ago

Hi, me too. I’m an iPhone 11 Pro user. I just updated to 14.7 before and Face ID stopped working and said it needed to be set up late. True Tone is also gone. Siri is a complete mess and I can’t set it up with my voice. My phone has started battery draining so fast. Updated to iOS 15 hoping it would help these errors but nothing changed.

Rohan kumar
1 year ago

I lost my ipad air. I only have the IMEI number and I have don’t have bill copy. How can I block my iPad?

Rohan kumar
1 year ago
Reply to  Rohan kumar

Lock my iPad.

Rohan kumar
1 year ago

How can I solve the problem?

Kapill Shrestha
1 year ago

Face ID has been disabled on iPhone X. It has not been fixed after several resets, and I’ve restarted my phone. Nothing covers the front camera and the phone is up to date.

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Colin Boyd
1 year ago

Hi Kapill, I’m sorry to hear that you’re dealing with this issue! However, it sounds like you’ve already done a thorough job trying to identify and fix the issue. Have you already attempted a DFU Restore as well? If not, I’d recommend backing up your iPhone and attempting to put it in DFU Mode next. If that doesn’t work, I’d suggest reaching out to Apple Support directly to try to diagnose and resolve the problem. Face ID is a pretty intricate program, it’s possible that something’s gone wrong with your iPhone’s hardware or software past the point of what you… Read more »

Vvvm
1 year ago

Hi, me too. I’m an iPhone X user. I just updated to 14.7 before and Face ID stopped working and said it needed to be set up late. True Tone is also gone. Siri is a complete mess and I can’t set it up with my voice. My phone has started battery draining so fast. Updated to iOS 15 hoping it would help these errors but nothing changed.

Udi
5 months ago
Reply to  Vvvm

Same my phone sucks butt I think I should get a new one