If you have a Mac with Touch ID capabilities, whether it’s an older MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, or one of the newer MacBook Air models with M11, then you’ll want to use this feature as it can be very useful and you to save. time in some process.
Here’s how to set up Touch ID on your Mac, and how to use it for Apple Pay and other everyday things.
What can I do with Touch ID on Mac?
Touch ID can perform a whole host of functions on Mac. The most obvious function is to unlock your device, but it also allows you to transact with Apple Pay without using a password, sign in to various apps, or make purchases on iTunes. App and books.
Where is the Touch ID sensor on my Mac?
You’ll need a reasonably new MacBook if you want to use Touch ID. The sensor is located in the upper right corner of the keyboard, so it won’t cost you anything to locate it as a square.
IMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro users cannot use Touch ID because the feature requires a secure enclave on the processor that stores the fingerprint, but if you want to get some of the Touch ID functionality you can. with an iPhone or Apple Watch.
We have additional information here to find out how to unlock Mac with iPhone.
How to set up Touch ID on a Mac
First of all, you need to install Touch ID on your Mac. It’s simple.
- Click on the Apple logo at the top left of the screen, select “System Preferences” and click “Touch ID.”
- On the next screen, you will see the option “Add fingerprint”. Click here, enter your password and follow the on-screen instructions to register your fingerprint.
- You’re not limited to just one fingerprint, so you can have three on your account and use different fingers depending on where you’re using your Mac.
- Once your fingerprint is registered, click “Done” and you will be returned to the main “Touch ID” page.
- Under Fingerprints, you’ll see checkboxes that let you specify which features can use Touch ID. These include Mac Unlock, Apple Pay, iTunes, and App Store, as well as Safari Autofill.
Once that’s done, your Mac is ready to start working with Touch ID.
How to sign in with Touch ID on Mac
When you wake your Mac from sleep mode, you can now place your finger on the Touch ID sensor to unlock the device without needing a password. However, if your Mac has shut down, you will still need to enter the password to activate Touch ID.
How to pay with Apple Pay from your Mac
One of the best features of Touch ID on a Mac is that you can use it to authorize payments with Apple Pay. You will first need to configure the capacity from “System Preferences> Wallet & Apple Pay” and enter your card details.
Once done, you will just have to use your fingerprint to make purchases. online, including in the Apple iTunes Store, as well as when you use your browser to visit other websites.
What can I do if Touch ID isn’t working on my MacBook?
Here are some tips for troubleshooting Touch ID issues:
- Clean / wash your finger and make sure it is dry.
- Clean the Touch ID sensor on your Mac.
- Scan your fingers again and make sure to move them around so that all of your fingerprint data is collected (so it doesn’t matter if you have your finger at an odd angle when you touch the scanner)
- Keep your finger still when trying to authenticate and leave it there for a while.
Also consult which iPhone models still have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor for its functionality.