Ultimate guide about Touch ID on iPhone/iPad

TouchID is one of the greatest features on iPhone/iPad. It is integrated inside the Home button, and lets the Home button identify who you are. With TouchID, you can easily authenticate iTunes, App Store, and Apple Pay purchases, or give you access to your password, banking apps, and more. It helps you enter your passcode when you want to get into your iPhone/ iPad quicker and easier.


  1. How to set up Touch ID on iPhone/ iPad


You can register a fingerprint for Touch ID in the starting set up process for the first time or restored iPhone/ iPad. You can also set it up, or temporarily skip to create later.


  • On the Home screen, launch the Settings app
  • Tap on Touch ID & Passcode
  • Type your passcode for authorization, if required.
  • Tap on the Add a Fingerprint
  • Place the finger you want to register on the Home button, put it there until you feel a buzz.
  • Then, lift your finger up and put it back down. Repeat each time after you feel a buzz.


  • Next, tap on ‘Continue’ when Touch ID alerts that you have completed the first step
  • Place the edges of your finger on the Home button to complete registering and leave it until you feel a buzz
  • Do it again until you have registered the entire surface of your finger
  • Tap Continue to finish.



  • You can add any fingers you want to register, the maximum is 5.
  • You can combine your and other people’s fingerprints to register Touch ID, including family members or friends.
  1. How to identify a Touch ID fingerprint


If you have registered a fingerprint with Touch ID but do not remember which one you did, you can check it and find out.

  • Open the Settings
  • Tap on Touch ID & Passcode.
  • Type your passcode if asked.
  • Place your registered fingerprint on the Home button.
  • Search for the label, which changes from white to gray color.


  1. How to label a Touch ID fingerprint


You can label your fingerprint to make it simpler to find the one you are looking for. ( you should remember which fingerprints are registered.)

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Tap on Touch ID & Passcode.
  • Type your passcode if required.


  • Tap on the Finger you want to rename
  • Type a new name for your fingerprint.
  • Tap on Done


  1. How to delete a Touch ID fingerprint

In case someone can use fingerprint to access your device for a specific reason, and you do not want that person to have the access to our device anymore, it is better to delete his or her fingerprint. If a fingerprint becomes glitch, you can remove it and set it up again.


  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on Touch ID & Passcode.
  • Type your passcode if prompted.
  • Tap on the fingerprint you want to delete.
  • Tap on Delete Fingerprint
  • Tap on Done at the bottom right


You can repeat the steps 4-6 for each fingerprint you want to delete.


  1. How to turn off Touch ID


Touch ID is very convenient to unlock the device, but if you prefer a stronger security on your lock screen, like an alphanumeric password, you can turn Touch ID off.


  • Open the Settings app from the Home screen.
  • Tap on Touch ID & Passcode
  • Enter your passcode when asked.
  • Switch iPhone/iPad Unlock to Off


  1. How to turn off Touch ID for Apple Pay


From iPhone 5s/ iPad mini 3 and higher models, you can use the Touch ID to authorize credit or debit payments for Apple Pay. If you would rather enter your passcode, you can turn Touch ID off.


  • Launch the Settings app
  • Tap on Touch ID & Passcode
  • Type your passcode when prompted
  • Toggle Apple Pay Off


  1. How to turn off Touch ID for App Store


Touch ID can help you authorize App Store purchases. However, if you have other people’s fingerprints registered to Touch ID, you should turn Touch ID off for App Store and keep your password on. To do this:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on Touch ID & Passcode.
  • Type your passcode if required.
  • Switch iTunes & App Store Off


Touch ID on the latest models like iPhone 6s/6s plus or iPad Pro will work better and more accurately than the first generation on iPhone 5s/iPad mini 3. If Touch ID does not work for you, here are a few things you can try:


  • In case, there is moisture or liquid on the Home button, dry it off, as liquid can interfere with scan.
  • If your hands are damp, dry them off first, as in the moisture condition, your fingerprints can be unreadable to the sensor.
  • If you still face with issues, delete your fingerprint(s) and register again.

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