A recent Reddit thread (spotted by BGR) revealed that multiple people were having trouble unlocking the new smartphone while still lying in bed. One iPhone X owner assumed the issue might be a pillow obscuring their face, but it turns out the solution is even simpler.
How to Unlock the iPhone X in Bed
The problem isn’t with the position of your face, it’s how you’re holding your iPhone. That’s because Face ID doesn’t work if the camera is too close to you. It needs to be between 25 to 50 centimeters away from your face to get an accurate scan, according to Apple.
Normally that isn’t an issue, since most people hold their phone out in front of them at about that distance, but using your iPhone in bed is another story. You might hold the device closer because you usually wear glasses or contacts but haven’t put them on yet, or maybe you just woke up and your vision is a little blurry. Either way, your natural instinct is probably to hold the screen right up to your face, but with Face ID that won’t work.
This might be a little annoying to get used to, but it’s probably for the best. Holding your smartphone too close to your face can cause eye strain and even headaches, according to one study. So in this case, maybe Apple does know best.