Use Touch ID on iPhone and iPad

Find out how to set up and use Touch ID, a fingerprint identity sensor that makes it easy for you to get into your device.

Where is the Touch ID sensor?

The Touch ID sensor is either in the Home button or, on iPad Air (4th generation) and later and iPad mini (6th generation), the top button. When you follow the steps below, your device's onscreen instructions will tell you which button to use. If you're not sure, find out which button is which on your iPad.

Set up Touch ID

Before you can set up Touch ID, you'll need to create a passcode for your device.* Then follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the Touch ID sensor and your finger are clean and dry.
  2. Tap Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, then enter your passcode.
  3. Tap Add a Fingerprint and hold your device as you normally would when touching the Touch ID sensor.
  4. Touch the Touch ID sensor with your finger – but don't press – so the device can start recognising your fingerprint. Hold your finger there until you feel a quick vibration or until you're asked to lift your finger.
    The initial setup screen for Touch ID
  5. Continue to lift and rest your finger slowly, making small adjustments to the position of your finger each time.
  6. The next screen asks you to adjust your grip. Hold your device as you normally would when unlocking it, and touch the Touch ID sensor with the outer areas of your fingertip, instead of the centre portion that you scanned first.
    This step of the Touch ID setup process accounts for a user's unique grip

If you have trouble enrolling one finger, try another one. Still need help setting up Touch ID?

* Touch ID and Face ID are available on certain iPhone and iPad models.

Use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone or make purchases

After you have set up Touch ID, you can use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone. Just press the Touch ID sensor using the finger you've registered with Touch ID.

Paying for a song in the iTunes Store using Touch ID

Make purchases with Touch ID

You can use Touch ID instead of your Apple ID password to make purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store and Apple Books. Just follow these steps:

  1. Make sure iTunes & App Store is turned on under Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. If you can't turn it on, you might need to sign in with your Apple ID in Settings > iTunes & App Store.
  2. Open the iTunes Store, App Store or Apple Books.
  3. Tap something to buy. You'll receive a Touch ID prompt.
  4. To make a purchase, lightly touch the Touch ID sensor.

Use Touch ID for Apple Pay

With an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus or later, you can use Touch ID to make Apple Pay purchases in shops, within apps and on websites in Safari. You can also use Touch ID on your iPhone to complete website purchases with your Mac. If you have an iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad (5th generation) or later, or iPad mini 3 or later, you can use Touch ID for Apple Pay purchases within apps and on websites in Safari.

Manage your Touch ID settings

Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode to manage these settings:

In Settings, a user can choose which iPhone features to enable with Touch ID

  • Turn Touch ID on or off for Passcode, iTunes & App Store or Apple Pay.
  • Enrol up to five fingerprints. Each new print might make fingerprint recognition take slightly longer.
  • Tap a fingerprint to rename it.
  • Tap a fingerprint, then tap Delete Fingerprint to remove it.
  • Identify a fingerprint in the list by touching the Touch ID sensor. The matching print in the list will be highlighted briefly.

Press the Touch ID sensor using Touch ID to unlock your device. To unlock your device using Touch ID without pressing the Touch ID sensor, go to Settings > Accessibility > Home Button [or top button] and turn on Rest Finger to Open.

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