Face ID and lying in bed

Boardiesboi

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Face ID won’t work for me when I wake up in bed in the dark... like 8/10 times it won’t work. Lying sideways or flat.

I thought cos my eyes were half open because I just woke up. But even after 5 mins it still won’t work.

It’s not a darkness issue as it worked when I’m upright. It’s flawless during the day when I’m out and about. Works 10/10

Someone on reddit suggested that doings the second scan during set up from a low angle will help.

What’s your experience with Face ID when you’re lying flat eg on the couch, in bed etc?
 
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mattopotamus

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You are probably going to have to lean over or pick the phone up. It definitely cannot work at that extreme of an angle.
 

mattopotamus

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I’m lying in bed and the phone is picked up and directly in front of my face
Oh that’s not normal. Mine works flawless like that. I thought you mean trying to look at it on a nightstand.

Edit: if I hold it above my head it doesn’t work. I think the sensor only works if below head level...interesting.
 
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itsmemuffins

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Try resetting Face ID. First snapshot face on. The second one the way you try to unlock the phone in bed. Might work better.
 
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mattopotamus

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I’m seeing what the OP is. If I am on my back and the phone is slightly higher than eye level it’s failing.
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I mean no offense by this but some people's faces will appear very different when lying down due to loose, flabby skin which may exceed the tolerance of face ID matching.
That really could be it. I’m thin, but I’m sure you are right.
 

deany

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I’m lying in bed and the phone is picked up and directly in front of my face
I can see folks picking their phone up whilest in bed and holding it to their face and slipping out of hand, who knows maybe chipping a tooth. Hope not but I've nearly done this.
 

Relentless Power

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I mean no offense by this but some people's faces will appear very different when lying down due to loose, flabby skin which may exceed the tolerance of face ID matching.
This is a valid point. Because some Faces be slightly altered when laying down based on what you said. I'm Sure It will work properly for most, but there are those unlikely situations where it's being rather finicky.
 
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Boardiesboi

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I mean no offense by this but some people's faces will appear very different when lying down due to loose, flabby skin which may exceed the tolerance of face ID matching.
I’ve reset Face ID. First scan normal upright position. Second scan lying down from a low angle. It seems to have made unlocking while lying in bed more reliable.

Apparently doing this will also help with unlocking while the phone is lying flat on the desk.

I suggest doing the two scans in different angles so it captures more of your face from multiple angles.
 

Avenger

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I’ve reset Face ID. First scan normal upright position. Second scan lying down from a low angle. It seems to have made unlocking while lying in bed more reliable.

Apparently doing this will also help with unlocking while the phone is lying flat on the desk.

I suggest doing the two scans in different angles so it captures more of your face from multiple angles.
Still if you are one to bring the phone close to your face in bed, it won't work. Like when you have your glasses off and want to look at it. It basically has to be at the distance when you initialized face Id.
 

THE JUICEMAN

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Face ID won’t work for me when I wake up in bed in the dark... like 8/10 times it won’t work. Lying sideways or flat.

I thought cos my eyes were half open because I just woke up. But even after 5 mins it still won’t work.

It’s not a darkness issue as it worked when I’m upright. It’s flawless during the day when I’m out and about. Works 10/10

Someone on reddit suggested that doings the second scan during set up from a low angle will help.

What’s your experience with Face ID when you’re lying flat eg on the couch, in bed etc?
Definitely an issue when laying down. I think titling the phone to line up with the angle of your face is the best bet. It’s definitely worst than Touch ID for this though. Apple will need to improve this.
 

D.T.

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I had my phone on my nightstand last night, woke up, still dark, wanted to check the time (had an early dance practice for the little G). From laying on my side, facing the nightstand, I lifted my phone - also on its "side", i.e., it was portrait oriented relative to my face), unlocked as expected. My face wasn't buried in a pillow, I was on the edge of it and the bed.

Side note: holy sheetz, the OLED display and high[er] brightness levels is like the surface of the sun :D
 

rainafterthesun

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I’m seeing what the OP is. If I am on my back and the phone is slightly higher than eye level it’s failing.
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That really could be it. I’m thin, but I’m sure you are right.
I’m thin and young but I’m sure s/he is right. #sameproblem
 
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