Use Touch ID on iPhone and iPad

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

You can use Touch ID with an iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3 or later.

Set up Touch ID

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

  1. Make sure that the Home button 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 Home button.
  4. Touch your finger to the Home button—but don't press. Hold it there until you feel a quick vibration, or until you're asked to lift your finger.
  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 Home button with the outer areas of your fingertip, instead of the center portion that you scanned first.

If you have trouble enrolling one finger, try another. 

Use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone or make purchases

After setting up Touch ID, there are two ways to unlock your device:

  • Wake up your device by pressing the Home button or the Sleep/Wake button once. Then, touch your finger lightly on the Home button to unlock. If you reach the passcode-entry screen accidentally, you can still use Touch ID to unlock your device.
  • Wake up your device and slide to unlock it. Then enter your passcode.


Make purchases with Touch ID

Use Touch ID instead of your Apple ID password to make purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store:

  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 iBooks Store.
  3. Tap something to buy. You'll see a Touch ID prompt.
  4. To make a purchase, lightly touch the Home button.

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 stores and within apps. You can also use Touch ID for Apple Pay purchases within apps using an iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 or later. Start using Apple Pay.


Manage your settings

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

  • Turn on or off Touch ID for Passcode, iTunes & App Store, or Apple Pay.
  • Enroll up to five fingerprints. Each new print might make fingerprint recognition take slightly longer.
  • Tap a fingerprint to rename it.
  • Swipe to delete a fingerprint.
  • Identify a fingerprint in the list by touching the Home button. The matching print in the list will be highlighted briefly.

Get help with Touch ID

Sometimes, you'll need to enter your passcode or Apple ID instead of using Touch ID:

  • If you've just restarted your device
  • If your fingerprint isn't recognized five times in a row
  • If you haven't unlocked your device in more than 48 hours 

  • If you've just enrolled or deleted fingerprints
  • If you're trying to open Touch ID & Passcode in the Settings menu
  • If Require Password is set to Immediately under Settings > General > Restrictions


If you still need help, follow these steps. Try again after each step:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of iOS.
  2. Make sure that your fingers and the Home button are clean and dry.1 For the Home button, use a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe off any dirt or debris.
  3. Your finger should cover the Home button completely, touching the surrounding metal ring. While Touch ID is scanning, you shouldn't press down hard, tap too quickly, or move your finger around.
  4. If you're using a case or screen protector, make sure it doesn't cover the Home button or the surrounding ring.
  5. Tap Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. Make sure that iPhone Unlock or iTunes & App Store is on, and that you've enrolled one or more fingerprints.
  6. Try enrolling a different finger.
  7. If you can't enroll any of your fingers, take your device to an Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider, or contact Apple Support.

1 Moisture, lotions, sweat, oils, cuts, or dry skin might affect fingerprint recognition. Certain activities can also temporarily affect fingerprint recognition, including exercising, showering, swimming, cooking, or other conditions or changes that affect your fingerprint.

Learn more

Last Modified: