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How to use Touch ID on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

Touch ID came with the iPhones, but now we can find them even on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models built in the keyboard. Although it has been a few years with the introduction of Touch ID in MacBook, but as a new user it might get difficult setting up. So, here is a guide on how to use Touch ID on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro:

How does Touch ID work?

Touch ID on MacBook is the fingerprint identity sensor from Apple. With the biometric security it becomes more convenient than entering a passcode or password, especially on iPhones and iPads, which we use dozens of times a day. On the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro you can register up to five fingerprints, with a maximum of three fingerprints per user account. After that, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Wake and log in to your user account from sleep (you’ll have to sign in with your password on the first boot)
  • Switch between users from sleep, if they each have separate fingerprints saved
  • Use Apple Pay on the Mac
  • Authorize purchases from the iTunes, iOS App Store, or Mac App Store
How does Touch ID work

Set up and manage Touch ID on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

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To set up Touch ID, you’ll be asked to register a fingerprint as part of the setup process. Although, you can register additional fingerprints at any time. You can have up to three fingerprints per user account on your Mac, with a total of five across accounts. Those fingerprints are then encrypted and stored offline in the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro’s Secure Enclave.

How to add your fingerprint?

  1. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the Touch ID preference pane from the System Preferences tab.
  3. Click on Add a fingerprint from the Touch ID tab.
  4. Enter your user password.

By following the instructions to register your fingerprint, now you need to rest your finger on the Touch ID sensor repeatedly until the registration is complete.

add your fingerprint
add your fingerprint

Name a fingerprint

  1. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the Touch ID preference pane from the System Preferences tab.
  3. Press the Tab key to cycle through each fingerprint option, or click directly on the name of the fingerprint.
  4. Rename your desired fingerprint.
  5. Press the Return key.
Name a fingerprint
Name a fingerprint

How to delete a fingerprint?

  1. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the Touch ID preference pane from the System Preferences tab.
  3. Hover over the fingerprint icon you wish to delete until you see the X on the upper left corner, then click on it.
  4. Enter your password.
  5. Press Delete to confirm.
delete a fingerprint
delete a fingerprint- use Touch ID on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

Change your Touch ID settings- Use Touch ID on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

You can choose what you’d like to use those fingerprints to authorize, after you’ve set up your fingerprints. Although, all three options are checked by default, you can manually change this by unchecking the box next to each option.

  1. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the Touch ID preference pane from the System Preferences tab.
  3. Check or uncheck the options you prefer.
Change your Touch ID settings- use Touch ID on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

The “Use Touch ID for” options include:

  • Unlocking your Mac
  • Apple Pay
  • iTunes & App Store
  • Safari AutoFill
use Touch ID on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

How to use Touch ID on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

Touch ID on Mac works the same as on the iPhone and iPad. When you first boot up your Mac, you have to use your password when you log in. Although, after that first login, you can use Touch ID whenever waking your Mac from sleep, switching users, authorizing store purchases, or via Apple Pay.

How to log in with Touch ID?

  1. Open your closed MacBook Air or MacBook Pro (or press the Touch ID button).
  2. Rest your finger on the Touch ID sensor.

Switch users with Touch ID- Use Touch ID on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

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You can register different fingerprints for different user accounts on your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Once each account has been logged in once after initial boot, you can immediately return to that account by using the Touch ID sensor.

  1. Open your closed MacBook (or press the Touch ID button).
  2. Rest your finger on the Touch ID sensor.

Use Touch ID to authorize App Store and iTunes purchases!

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Touch Bar support Touch ID authorization of both App Store and iTunes purchases. But before starting this, you need to set it up.

Use Touch ID with Apple Pay

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Apple Pay lets you authorize payments made on your Mac via the Touch ID sensor on your MacBook, iPhone, or via Apple Watch. No more need to typing your credit card information into every site that needs it.

Reboot your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

Although, Touch ID has replaced the old power button on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, it can serve the same purpose at times. If you want to power on your Mac, you can simply push the Touch ID button. Also, when you want to reset your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, you can push the Touch ID button. That can come in handy if the display won’t show what’s on screen or if the keyboard or cursor is frozen, or if the entire system becomes non-responsive.

  1. Press and hold down the Touch ID button.
  2. Keep holding it until you see the bootup screen.

Conclusion

With the all new feature of Touch ID on the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, you don’t need to input your password every time you power on your Mac. Not only this Apple Pay lets you authorize payments made on your Mac via the Touch ID sensor. So no more entering your card details on every website you open. To setup and manage your Touch ID you will need to enter a fingerprint, although you can add more fingerprints anytime you want. You can have up to three fingerprints per user account on your Mac, with a total of five across accounts.

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