How to Set Up & Use Face ID in Landscape Mode on iPhone [iOS 16]

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iPhone’s Face ID is one of the most secure facial recognition security on the planet. Yet it disappoints if you try to use it on your iPhone while it is in landscape orientation. In contrast, almost all Android smartphones that rely on 2D Facial recognition and cost way cheaper, offer landscape mode support for face unlock for a long time.

But Apple has taken it seriously and finally with the iOS 16, you can now use your trusty Face ID even in landscape mode. And here’s the guide to deliver a step-by-step procedure on how you can set up and use it on your iPhone.

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How to use Face ID in Landscape Mode on iPhone in iOS 16

To begin with, let’s first see what are the requirements to have this feature on your iPhone.

Check your iPhone’s compatibility

Before we dive into the guide, the very first thing to do is to check whether your iPhone is supported by the landscape mode Face ID feature or not. Below is the list of iPhones that are supported:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini 
  • iPhone 12 Pro 
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini 
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

Update your iPhone to iOS 16 or newer

Once you have checked the compatibility of your iPhone regarding this feature, the next thing to do is to make sure that iPhone is running on iOS 16 or later. As I told you, the landscape Face ID has been introduced in iOS 16, hence it is required to have your iPhone running on at least the iOS 16 version.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: In Settings, navigate to General > Software Update.

Step 3: Let your iPhone check for the available update and once you see the iOS 16 update on the scree, download and install it by following the on-screen instructions.

Update software on your iPhone

Note: In order to proceed with the update, your iPhone is needed to be at least 50% charged. Also, make sure that you are connected to a reliable Wi-Fi connection.

Using the Face ID in landscape mode on iPhone

Once you are done with the above two steps, there is nothing left to do actually. Once you have iOS 16 running on your compatible iPhone, you are good to go to try the landscape Face ID feature. Simply hold your phone in landscape orientation, press the side button, put your face in front of the screen, and that’s it. You’ll notice that the Face ID is working even in landscape mode.

Bottom Line

With that being said, here we are at the end of this guide. Face ID is the only biometric security on most newer iPhones and hence the users use it every day in almost every possible situation. And hence adding landscape support to it is definitely a good and convenient gift to iPhone users.

The landscape mode Face ID is not as on-point as normal portrait mode one, but bother not as it may be due to a software bug. In such a case, you try resetting your Face ID or checking for newer software updates. You can read more about it in our separate fixing guide on Face ID not working in landscape mode.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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