Having issues with Face ID while wearing sunglasses? No worries, there's an easy fix.

The Face ID biometric authentication system on supported iPhone devices is great... when it works. And if you have a tendency to wear things like polarized sunglasses on your face, you may run into a few issues.

Face ID uses a mix of camera and IR technology to scan your face and match the scan with the one inside your iPhone's internal Secure Enclave. Normally, this process works within seconds, but extra items on your face (like sunglasses) can trigger a passcode pop-up.

There are a couple of reasons why this happens:

  1. If it's your first time scanning Face ID with glasses, sunglasses, or a hat on, your iPhone may still have to learn what that looks like and may prompt an initial rejection as a result. You can fix this by immediately entering your passcode to unlock the phone; Face ID will then store that additional information and should unlock your iPhone on further attempts.
  2. Unfortunately, if you wear polarized sunglasses or other lenses that interfere with your iPhone's Face ID sensors, they may block Face ID from properly functioning. My Rayban aviators, for example, don't get along well with Face ID because my iPhone can't register my eye movement as active.

That said, there's a fix for this second problem. If you want it now, you'll just have to be willing to sacrifice a bit of your security.

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How to fix Face ID sunglasses errors on your iPhone

If you're having problems using Face ID while wearing sunglasses, you have two options.

How to make Face ID work with all sunglasses

The easiest way to make Face ID work with polarized sunglasses is to disable the Require Attention for Face ID setting. Here's how to do that.

Note: By disabling this setting, you're eliminating one of the security layers Apple built into Face ID. If you turn this setting off, your phone may unlock when your face is in range but you're not necessarily looking at it. If security is a concern, you may want to keep this feature on, and instead, remove your sunglasses when you want to use Face ID.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down to and tap Face ID & Passcode.
  3. When prompted, enter your passcode.
  4. Under the Attention section, flip the toggle switch next to Require Attention for Face ID to the Off position.

This should help with any sunglasses-related Face ID issues.

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