On iOS I can disable Face-ID by pressing a specific combination of keys.

For example, when I press the power button five times in a row on my iPhone 11, it will be locked and Face-ID is disabled until it is unlocked again.

I'm looking for the same on MacOS. Currently I'm using a M1 MacBook Air.

Pressing the Touch-ID button three times opens the Accessibility Shortcuts.


On a different channel the bioutil command line tool was mentioned. To disable Touch-ID, run the following command: sudo bioutil -w -s -u 0.

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/afk3o0/comment/hlobtbf/


I see this as an alternative to what I'm looking for because it is too cumbersome to use compared to the iOS equivalent.

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you can disable the accessibility shortcuts in settings -> accessibility -> shortcut

then it will require password after couple (5) wrong finger-touches

  • Thanks, but using the wrong finger until it is locked feels like a workaround.
    – malte
    Commented Mar 31, 2023 at 9:12

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