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I was very dubious about using the facial recognition on my Mi 8 - at first I thought it was just another A*ple feature that Xiaomi didn't need to implement.
But, after having my Mi 8 for a few days I missed the front finger-scanner that my Mi 6 had. The phone is flat on my desk most of the time I'm at work, I don't want to have to pick it up to use the rear finger-scanner to check notifications etc.
So, I tried to turn on the face recognition to see if this would help. But, I couldn't find the option to use face unlock.
A little bit of hunting online and I found the answer. Unfortunately the face unlock feature is not available in the UK.
Luckily I have recently managed to travel to Italy and was able to use this setting there. I found it worked like a dream!
If Xiaomi release this feature in the UK, I'd definitely recommend you use it. I would also suggest that you turn on the 'double tap to wake' and 'lift to wake' options too. This way you can unlock the phone on your desk just by double-tapping the screen and looking at it. And for lift to wake, you just pick the phone up, look at the screen and it unlocks.
There have been some concerns with the security of using your face to unlock your phone. This is something that you should research yourself to ensure that you are happy enough with the safety of this feature. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to unlock my Mi 8 using 3 different photos of myself. It is also worth noting that you must have at least one eye open to unlock the phone, so it cannot be done when you are asleep. For me, the convenience of it makes it a risk I am willing to take.
So, this is one of those happy times that a feature I was initially very dubious about actually turns out to be really useful!
What do you think about Facial Recognition for phones? The way forward or just a gimmick?
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