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How To Use Touch ID On iPhone

Posted: Apr 26 2016

From the iPhone 5S onward Apple have given their handsets extra security, by featuring a fingerprint sensor. Here is how you can set this up, if you haven't already done so.

Setting up Touch ID

Step 1 Go to Settings

Step 2 Select Touch ID & Passcode and turn Passcode 'On'

Step 3 Enter and then re-enter a four-digit passcode

Step 4 Set iPhone unlock to 'On'

Step 5 Tap to 'Add Fingerprint'

Step 6 Follow the instructions and place the thumb or finger you use most onto the home button

Step 7 Adjust your grip and continue to place your thumb/finger on the sensor, for as long as you can feel small vibrations.

You can add more than one fingerprint if you sometimes use different fingers.

After setting up Touch ID you can use it to unlock your device or make purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store and iBooks Store.

Touch ID Settings

Unlock your device using Touch ID 

Step 1 Press the Home button or the Sleep/Wake button to wake your device

Step 2 Lightly touch your finger on the Home button to unlock.

If you reach the passcode-entry screen accidentally, you can still use Touch ID to unlock your device.

Make purchases with Touch ID

Step 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.

Step 2 Open the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.

Step 3 Tap something to buy. You'll see a Touch ID prompt.

Step 4 Lightly touch the Home button to make a purchase.

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. 

Apple Pay Touch ID

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