How to Set up Touch ID on MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Touch ID is a biometric authentication system provided by Apple and it is available on various editions of smartphones like the iPhone 5s, iPhone X, and even in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro versions. The company offers the best quality built-in fingerprint sensor to these two MacBook series. Here is how users can set up Touch ID and use it on their Mac. Continue with these steps to know how it works and its setup process:

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Adding Fingerprint 

  1. First of all, Tap the “Apple” menu.
  2. Now choose “System Preferences.”
  3. Then choose the “Touch ID” preferences panel under the “System Preferences” option.
  4. Press on the “Add a fingerprint” option.
  5. Then provide your user passcode.
  6. Now continue with onscreen directions and place your finger over the Touch ID sensor again and again until it accepts your fingerprint to register you.

Naming your registered fingerprint

  1. Navigate to the “Apple” tab.
  2. Then choose the “System Preferences” option.
  3. Now choose the “Touch ID” preferences panel.
  4. Now hit the “Tab” key in order to jump to every fingerprint option. Then press on your fingerprint’s name.
  5. Now give a new name for your fingermark.
  6. Tap the “Return” tab.

Deleting a fingerprint

  1. Tap the “System Preferences” after hitting the “Apple” menu first.
  2. Now hit the “Touch ID” preferences section.
  3. Now press on your fingerprint icon until you see a cross sign on the top-left edge. Once you see it, tap on it instantly.
  4. Now type your passcode.
  5. Hit “Delete” to give it confirmation.

Changing the Touch ID Settings

Here you may manually modify your preferences of the tasks that you wish to use with your fingerprint sensor. Look at these points to know how you can do this:

  1. First of all, tap the Apple icon. Then go to “System Preferences” option.
  2. Now hit the “Touch ID” preferences segment.
  3. Here mark the boxes checked which you like to use with your fingerprints. Leave the rest of the other boxes.

The “Touch ID” includes many options like:

  • iTunes and App Store
  • Apple Pay option
  • Safari AutoFill option
  • Mac unlocking options termed as “Unlocking your Mac.”

Using Touch ID on Mac edition of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

You may use Touch ID on your Pro & Air editions of MacBooks to verify user’s account by the fingerprint sensing system. The Mac will ask you to enter your secure password the first time you restart your device. Then again if you use it for any of the services like Apple Pay, switching users, or making any purchase, it will never ask you to authenticate.

Here is how to use Touch ID on your Mac:

Signing to Touch ID

  1. First of all, open your MacBook Air or Pro. Alternatively, you may hit the Touch ID tab.
  2. Place your registered finger on the touch panel of your Mac until it accepts your fingerprint.
  3. After accepting your fingermark, your Mac will automatically open.

Switching the user’s account

  • You may switch your account instantly by placing your registered finger on the sensor to sign into your account.

Resetting the Touch ID 

In case you are facing any of the problems related to the touch sensor or your Mac is prompting an error message regularly, then you have to reconstitute your Touch ID data. To do this, follow these instructions:

  1. First of all, start your Mac again and hold Command + R keys until the recovery mode appears.
  2. Then open the “Terminal” panel.
  3. Now type the following command:

“certutil– erase-all”

  1. Hit the “Return” button.
  2. When the prompt comes, tap “Yes” to confirm.
  3. Hit the enter key.
  4. Now quit the “Terminal” window.
  5. Now try to start the Mac in the normal way.

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