iPhone X: Using Apple Pay With Face ID

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Ahead of the launch of the iPhone X, people wondered how Apple Pay would work without a Touch ID Home button for confirming payments, but as it turns out, the payments service isn't too much different.

    We went through the checkout process with Apple Pay to give MacRumors readers who haven't yet had a chance to use the system a look at just how it works.

    To use Apple Pay on iPhone X, you will, of course, need to have Apple Pay set up with a credit or a debit card in the Wallet app.

    When you're at a store that accepts Apple Pay, the Apple Pay process is more or less the same as it was with Touch ID, but some of the gestures are different.

    When you're ready to check out, press the side button on the iPhone X twice to bring up the default Apple Pay card and authenticate with Face ID. Then hold your iPhone X down to the reader to confirm payment. If you don't want to use your default card, make sure to swap it out with a tap before your iPhone is next to the card reader.

    The double-click setting that opens up the Wallet app should be enabled by default, but if it's not, you can turn it on by going to Settings > Wallet > Apple Pay > and toggling on the Double-Click option. It's a feature you're going to want to have activated if you use Apple Pay a lot, because it speeds up the checkout process.

    Without double-click turned on, you'll need to hold your iPhone by an NFC-equipped reader to bring up the Apple Pay interface before raising it back up to confirm with Face ID, adding another step to the process.

    All in all, Apple Pay on iPhone X is essentially as quick and as easy to use Touch ID once you get used to how it works, but it will take a few payments to become accustomed to the new process if you're used to the Home button.

    Article Link: iPhone X: Using Apple Pay With Face ID
  2. legacyb4 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Super handy that you can "pre-authenticate" before the cashier rings it up on the terminal; makes the process way smoother...
  3. jakeowens macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I think the pre-authenticate works well, but in general I find the process a little less smooth. Before, all I had to do was hold my phone my phone to the card reader with my thumb already on touch ID and it was instant. Now I have to double click, then wait for face ID to authenticate (Which is not always instant) and then tap. Just a few more things to do.
  4. Eorlas macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2010
    FaceID @ checkout > TouchID

    Rather than doing the authentication right at the same moment as purchase, you can pre-authenticate and once the reader is ready the purchase happens through your phone. With TouchID, if it didnt work for any reason this just took longer and held up lines.
  5. BlueCreek macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2014
    I don’t find myself using Apple Pay anymore with my iPhone X, it just seems less convenient, also Face ID fails more often than Touch ID.
  6. newtestleper macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2013
    Shouldn’t it be “...as quick and as easy to use as Touch ID once you...”?
  7. CanadianGuy macrumors member


    Jul 3, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I find Apple Pay on iPhone X way faster than on my previous phone (6s Plus). The process is smoother, plus the terminals in store seem to be able to read the NFC signal much easier. There's less moving the phone around to get it in the right place.

    Plus, the double tap instead of using the home button means there's less false triggers where the phone tries to connect to NFC when you're not actually at a check out.
  8. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    I gave up on Apple Pay all together because stores either never activated the nfc or the employees were clueless how it worked.
  9. newtestleper macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2013
    You can do that with touch ID.
  10. miniyou64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    Lets make everything LESS user friendly so we can sell more phones with a gimmick. What has Apple become?
  11. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    How long is the pre-authentication good for?

    10 seconds…
    20 seconds?
    A minute?
  12. krown89 macrumors newbie

    When you see an article like this you KNOW macrumors has no other stories to post
  13. MacknTosh macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2015
    No change for me. Used by X once for Apple Pay, then went back to using my watch.
  14. dlemmon macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    denver, co
    I used Face ID for Apple Pay the other day, worked fine. No complaints. My main problem is remembering I have the option of Apple Pay, and what stores take it.
  15. Eorlas macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2010
    You might want to try re-registering. I've had way more success with FaceID than I did with TouchID even on a 7
  16. Black Tiger macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    1 minute in my test
  17. andy9l macrumors 68000

    Aug 31, 2009
    England, UK
    On behalf of all Londoners - please don’t try doing this on the underground.
  18. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    I agree I went back to writing checks:rolleyes:
  19. RealKrS macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    After using Face ID since iPhone X launch, I find myself very annoyed when it fails me (granted not too often but more often than Touch ID). I have to try again maybe 3 times out of 10. Since Apple Pay with Touch ID already made me a little nervous at times, at the register, Apple Pay with Face ID is something I'm not prepared to chance yet..
  20. BlueCreek macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2014
    It’s not something I’ve had a problem with living in the UK. NFC payments were already widely available for years before Apple Pay came along.
  21. The Don Onez macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2017
    Huntsville, AL
    Actually I asked in a different post about this and no one gave an answer. Good post if you ask me.
  22. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
  23. johnediii macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2014
    Pulling the phone out of my pocket, double clicking a button, holding it up to my face, then back down to the reader seems a lot more inconvenient that pulling the phone out of my pocket with my thumb already on the Home button for TouchID and moving it straight to the reader. This has worked flawlessly for me since my first TouchID enabled iPhone. I suppose we all have to get used to it after this year, though. Unless of course Apple pays attention and quits with this trying to force us into gimmicky tech that is not as convenient to use. But why should we expect Apple to change now, they've been doing this for decades.
  24. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Fingerprint ID worked really smoothly on the tube… this Face ID… I have my doubts about.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 20, 2017 ---
    Same here. I have never asked to use ApplePay specifically. I just ask to use the "Contactless"… never fails.
  25. newtestleper macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2013
    Why are we saying PRE-authentication?

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