Is there a way to authenticate with Touch ID instead of password on Macbook Pro when I need to unlock the keychain?

  • Could you clarify exactly what you mean by "unlock the keychain"? Is this in the context of Keychain Access, or a web browser, or somewhere else?
    – Tuesday
    Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 0:30
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    @timothymh When an application needs to access a password stored in the keychain it asks you to unlock it. You get a message saying "XXX wants to use the login keychain". To unlock it you need to type your password. I am asking if you can unlock it with Touch id instead of password.
    – Mike D
    Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 20:19
  • Possible duplicate - apple.stackexchange.com/questions/311334/…
    – slm
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 0:50

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Natively, I believe MacOS prohibits this in order to increase security (Touch ID is less secure than a standard passcode in most situations). However, I know there's and app called Unlox (http://unlox.it) that will let you unlock your Keychain using Touch ID on your iPhone. This leads me to believe it is possible to do this with a 3rd party application of some kind.

  • Why is Touch ID less secure? You need to physically be there and you are immune to keyloggers.
    – Mike D
    Commented May 24, 2019 at 11:58
  • Touch ID is still very secure. However, it’s much easier to fake someone’s finger print than it is to get their password. Someone with the right resources could life your prints off the laptop and use it to unlock your device.
    – user220014
    Commented May 25, 2019 at 13:43
  • For extreme scenarios, "the secrete in one's head" is safer than "something unique one owns". One can keep the secrete as long as they are tough enough, but a bad guy can easily (easy for them) get access to your fingertip, with or without your consent😂. Commented Jun 16, 2023 at 7:49

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