Unlock your Pixel phone with your face

How Face Unlock works

You can create a unique model of your face to unlock your Pixel phone with Face Unlock. Face Unlock is available on Pixel 4 and Pixel 7 or later Pixel phones, including Pixel Fold. To create this face model during setup, you'll take images of your face from different angles. 

When you use Face Unlock, face images are used to update your face model so that, over time, your phone can recognize your face better in more scenarios. The face images used to create your face model aren't stored, but the face model is stored securely on your phone and never leaves the phone. All processing occurs securely on your phone.

When you enroll in Face Unlock, the face model is used only for Face Unlock and isn't shared with any other Google services or apps.

To delete your face model stored on the phone, follow the instructions below for your Pixel phone model.

Important:
  • Face models may be considered biometric data in some jurisdictions.
  • When you look at your phone, you can unlock it even when you don’t intend to.
  • Face Unlock may be less secure than a strong PIN, pattern or password.
  • Your phone can be unlocked by someone who looks a lot like you, like an identical sibling.
  • Your phone can also be unlocked by someone else if it’s held up to your face. Keep your phone in a safe place, like your front pocket or handbag. To prepare for unsafe situations, learn how to turn on lockdown.
  • When there isn’t sufficient light or when you have a face covering or sunglasses, Face Unlock might not work. We recommend you also enroll Fingerprint Unlock for a more seamless unlock experience.

Pixel 7 & later, including Pixel Fold

If you have a Pixel 7 or later, Pixel phone, including Pixel Fold, you can use Face Unlock to unlock your phone. Learn how to set up Face Unlock on your Pixel phone with our step-by-step tutorial.

Learn how to set up Face Unlock.

Important: On Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro only, you can also use Face Unlock to verify that it’s you, like when you sign into apps or approve a purchase.

Set up Face Unlock
  1. On your Pixel phone, open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device lock and then Face & Fingerprint Unlock.
  3. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  4. Tap Face Unlock and then Set up Face Unlock.
  5. Review the information on screen.
  6. Tap I agree and then Start.
  7. Follow the on screen instructions.
  8. Tap Done.
Change Face Unlock settings or face model

You can change the settings for how Face Unlock works. These 2 settings are automatically turned on:

  • Require eyes to be open
  • Skip lock screen

To turn off these default settings:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device unlock.
  3. Tap Face & Fingerprint Unlock and then Face Unlock.
  4. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  5. Tap Face Unlock.
  6. Under “When using Face Unlock,” turn off the setting you want to change.
  7. To change your face model, you must delete your old one first.
Always require confirmation (Pixel 8 & 8 Pro only)

You can require confirmation when you use Face Unlock to sign in to apps or approve a payment.

With Face Unlock turned on:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device unlock.
  3. Tap Face & Fingerprint Unlock and then Face Unlock.
  4. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  5. Tap Face Unlock.
  6. Under “When using Face Unlock,” turn off the setting you want to change.
Disable or delete Face Unlock

Follow steps 1 to 4, then:

  1. Tap Delete face model and then Delete.
  2. Set up Face Unlock.
Fix problems with Face Unlock

Face Unlock has trouble recognizing my face

  1. Confirm that you enabled face and fingerprint to unlock your device.
    1. On your Pixel phone, open your Settings app.
    2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device lock and then Face & Fingerprint Unlock and then Face Unlock.
    3. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  2. Check that you are not in a low light environment, such as a dark room.
  3. Remove anything that might be obscuring your face, such as sunglasses or a face mask and try again.
  4. Make sure you set up Face Unlock for your most usual appearance. For example, with or without make-up, with or without a headscarf, with or without glasses. If your appearance changes significantly, you can re-enroll your face.

Face Unlock is triggered too often

By default, “Tap to check phone” and “Lift to check phone” are enabled. To reduce the chance of accidentally unlocking your phone, you can turn off these options. When these options are turned off, you must press the power button to wake the screen and trigger Face Unlock.

Face Unlock doesn’t trigger at all

  1. Confirm that “Tap to check phone” and “Lift to check phone” are turned on.
  2. Tap the screen and see if there’s an animation (or a ring) around the camera, which indicates that the face is scanning.
  3. Confirm that you have Face & Fingerprint Unlock turned on:
    1. On your Pixel phone, open your Settings app.
    2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device lock and then Face & Fingerprint Unlock and then Face Unlock.
    3. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
    4. Under "Ways to unlock," "Face Unlock" shows Face added.
    5. Confirm Unlock your phone is turned on.

Pixel 4

If you have a Pixel 4, you can use your face to:
  • Unlock your phone.
  • Confirm payments.
  • Sign in to some apps.
Set up Face Unlock
  1. On your Pixel phone, open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device lock and then Face & Fingerprint Unlock and then Face Unlock.
  3. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  4. Near the bottom, tap Set up Face Unlock and then Agree and then Start.
  5. Fit your face in the frame. Slowly point your nose toward each of the blue tiles.
  6. Tap Done.
Tip: If you have trouble with setup, go to the troubleshooting steps for Face Unlock.
Change Face Unlock settings

Use your face to sign in to apps & confirm payments

  1. On your Pixel phone, open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device lock and then Face & Fingerprint Unlock and then Face Unlock.
  3. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  4. Turn on App sign-in & payments.
Tip: To help prevent accidental purchases, you can change your settings so you’re required to enter your PIN, pattern, or password for every purchase. Under “Requirements for Face Unlock,” tap Always require confirmation.

Delete face data

  1. On your Pixel phone, open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device lock and then Face & Fingerprint Unlock and then Face Unlock.
  3. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  4. Near the bottom, tap Delete face data and then Delete.

Turn off Face Unlock

To unlock your phone with your PIN, pattern, or password without the use of Face Unlock:
  1. On your Pixel phone, open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device lock and then Face & Fingerprint Unlock and then Face Unlock.
  3. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  4. Under "Use Face Unlock for," turn off Unlocking your phone.

After you turn off "Unlocking your phone," you can still use Face Unlock to sign in to apps and make payments. To turn off Face Unlock completely, delete your face data.

Require eyes to be open

To make sure your phone doesn’t unlock when your eyes are closed, you can require that your eyes are open for Face Unlock.
With Face Unlock turned on:
  1. On your Pixel phone, open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & privacy and then Device lock and then Face & Fingerprint Unlock and then Face Unlock.
  3. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  4. Under “Requirements for Face Unlock,” turn on Require eyes to be open.
Fix problems with Face Unlock

I have trouble with setup

  • When you try to set up Face Unlock, wear a typical outfit in a typical place you use your phone. For example, if you wear glasses or a headscarf every day to your job, set up with those on at work.
  • If you can’t move your head well, you can still set up with limited mobility. Start Face Unlock setup, then tap Setup for limited vision or head motion.
  • Make sure that your're under sufficient light.

I have trouble with Face Unlock

Sometimes for additional security, your phone won’t unlock with your face. You can still unlock your phone: 
  • While your phone is locked, swipe up.
  • Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
If your phone regularly has trouble with Face Unlock:
  • If you wear face covering, like a mask or dark sunglasses, take them off.
  • If you're in a dark environment, move to somewhere with sufficient lighting.
  • If you’re in bright, direct sunlight, move to the shade.
  • Hold your phone vertically, directly in front of your face, about 40 cm away.
  • Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the top of your screen.
  • If you change your appearance, delete your face data and set up Face Unlock again.

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