Use Touch ID to open your iWork documents

When you password protect your Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document, you can set up Touch ID to open documents with your fingerprint alone. 

When you create documents in iWork, you can require a password for users to open the file. If your iPhone, iPad, or Mac has Touch ID, you can use Touch ID instead of typing in the password.

Before you can use Touch ID to unlock password-protected documents, you must set it up on your iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3 or later, or on your Macbook Pro with Touch Bar.


Open password-protected documents with Touch ID

When you open a password-protected document for the first time, you need to enter the text password. If your iPhone, iPad or Mac has Touch ID set up, you will see “Open with Touch ID” turned on. 

The next time you want to open a document, tap or click on the document in the document library, then lightly touch the Home button. If the document doesn't open, make sure you are using the right finger and that your hands are clean and dry. You can also enter the password to open the document.

Set up Touch ID to open password-protected documents

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote use Touch ID by default if your device supports Touch ID and it has been set up. If you're asked for a password when opening a document and don't see the Touch ID option, set up Touch ID for use with your iWork apps.

On your Mac

Open Pages then choose Pages > Preferences, then select Use Touch ID. If you can't select Use Touch ID because it's missing or grayed out, make sure you're on a Mac that supports Touch ID and has it set up. Repeat the process for Numbers and Keynote.

On your iPhone or iPad

Tap Settings > Pages and turn on Use Touch ID. If Use Touch ID is turned off, make sure that your iPhone or iPad supports Touch ID and has it set up. Repeat the process for Numbers and Keynote.

Add a password to a document and use Touch ID

If your document isn't password protected, you must first set up a text password. 

On your Mac

Open the document then choose File > Set Password. Enter your password in the Password and Verify fields, then add a Password Hint to help you remember your text password in case you forget it. Make sure that “Open with Touch ID” is turned on, then click Set Password. The next time you open this document, you can use Touch ID instead of your password.

On your iPhone or iPad

Tap , then tap Set Password. Enter your password in the Password and Verify fields, then add a Password Hint to help you remember your text password in case you forget it. Make sure that “Open with Touch ID”  is turned on, then tap Done. The next time you open this document, you can use Touch ID instead of your password.

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