Use Face ID on iPhone X to Make Purchases

In its latest event, Apple announced that it had finally removed its fingerprint feature and replaced it with Face ID in the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, as well as the option to use a passcode to lock the phone. The company also provided a new option, adding another “face” that can be used to unlock the new iPhone using Face ID. You can use Face ID to authenticate purchases with Apple Pay and in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store.

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With Apple Pay

To use Face ID with Apple Pay, make sure that Apple Pay is set up on your iPhone and turned on in Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Then follow these steps.

To make a purchase in a store:

  1. To use your default card, double-click the side button. To use a different card, double-click the side button, tap your default card, then choose another card.
  2. Glance at your iPhone to authenticate with Face ID.
  3. Hold the top of your iPhone near the contactless reader.
  4. Wait for Done and a checkmark to display.

To make a purchase within an app or on a website in Safari:

  1. When you’re ready to check out, tap the Buy with Apple Pay button or choose Apple Pay as the payment method. Confirm your payment information. To choose a different card to pay with, tap > next to your card.
  2. Double-click the side button, then glance at your iPhone.
  3. Wait for Done and a checkmark to display.

In the iTunes Store, App Store, and Books Store

To use Face ID to purchase content from the iTunes Store, App Store, and Books Store, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and make sure that iTunes & App Store is turned on.

Then follow these steps:

  1. Open the iTunes Store, App Store, or Books Store, then tap something that you want to buy.
  2. When prompted to pay, double-click the side button, then glance at your iPhone.
  3. Wait for Done and a checkmark to display.

You might be asked to enter your Apple ID password for the first purchase you make in the iTunes Store, App Store, or Books Store.