How can I allow an app to make changes without typing in the password, but using TouchID on the Touch Bar instead?

MacBook Pro, 13", 2016, macOS Sierra 10.12.6

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This is not one of the supported features of Touch ID on macOS - at least not yet.

With Touch ID on your MBP, you can:

  • unlock your Mac
  • make purchases using your Apple ID (i.e. from the App Store and iTunes)
  • use Apple Pay

Undoubtedly as time goes by, more functionality will be added to Touch ID on macOS - but the ability to use it to allow apps to make changes to macOS isn't available yet.


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