How to Set Up and Use Touch ID on Your Mac

By | March 14, 2022

Touch ID lets you unlock your Mac, make payments, enter passwords, and do more with your fingerprint. Here’s how to use it.

Touch ID is a passwordless authentication method available on some Apple devices, including MacBooks. This feature allows you to unlock your Mac, access accounts, make purchases, and perform other tasks without the need to enter a password. Simply by placing your finger on the Mac’s Touch ID sensor, you’ll be able to do all this and more.

Read on to learn all about your MacBook’s Touch ID, including how to set it up, use it, and add or remove fingerprints.

Here’s What You Can Do With Touch ID on Your Mac

Touch ID is not a complete replacement for the traditional password login method because sometimes your Mac may still ask you to enter a password instead of using the tool. However, Touch ID can be very useful because it makes the login process faster and can be used in a variety of situations.

You can use the Touch ID feature on your Mac to:

  • Unlock your MacBook
  • Make purchases online using Apple Pay
  • Login to app and website
  • In-app purchase authorization

How to Use Touch ID on Mac

Not all MacBooks are equipped with a Touch ID sensor. It can only be used on models that have a Touch ID sensor.

To unlock your Mac with Touch ID, make purchases in the App Store, or perform other actions supported by this tool, all you need to do is place your finger on the Touch ID sensor whenever prompted. This sensor is located in the upper-right corner of the Mac keyboard.

And of course, to start using Touch ID on your Mac, you need to set it up first.

How to Set Up Touch ID

Your MacBook will ask you to set up Touch ID when you launch your Mac for the first time. You can choose to prepare it then or do it later. If you used the second option and are now ready to set up Touch ID on your Mac, here’s how to do it:

  • open System Preferences on your Mac.
  • Head to Touch ID.
  • Click plus icon (+) which is above Add Fingerprint.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions: place your finger on the Touch ID sensor, lift it, and repeat several times. If your fingerprint is colored red, it means it’s ready and you can click Done.
  • Now you can choose how you want to use the Touch ID tool. Enable the checkbox near how you use Touch ID:
    • Unlocking your Mac
    • Apple Pay
    • iTunes Store
    • App Store & Apple Books
    • Password AutoFill

Just that. It’s that simple, you now have Touch ID set up on your Mac and ready to go.

How to Add, Remove, or Name a Fingerprint

Your Mac can store up to three fingerprints on your user account. So once you’ve set up Touch ID on your device, you can add more fingerprints, either your own or someone else’s. To do this, simply open System Preferences > Touch ID and click Add Fingerprint.

The process of adding a new fingerprint is the same as during the initial setup.

To name your fingerprint, click Finger 1, Finger 2, or whatever it’s called, and type a new name. Press Enter on your keyboard to save the new name.

If you want to remove a fingerprint from your Mac, hover your mouse cursor over the fingerprint and click X icon. Your Mac will ask you if you are sure about this decision. To confirm, click Delete.

Enjoy the Benefits of Using Touch ID on Your Mac

Touch ID is a secure authentication method that makes logging into your account or making purchases on your Mac much easier. When using Touch ID, there is no need to enter any password. With just a touch of your finger, you’ll be able to quickly log in to your Mac, make purchases in the App Store, and more.