Questions tagged [touch-id]

Apple's fingerprint authentication technology. It can be found on iOS devices (≥ 5S) and MacBook Pro (≥ 2016, with Touch Bar).

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Switch users without typing password or FaceID

Apple says: use Apple Watch to unlock your mac without typing password or TouchID. I have two user accounts on my mac. Both tied to the same Apple ID and password. I am wearing an Apple Watch 6. When ...
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iPad 6th Gen shows white background login screen after power on, but no keyboard

This has been occurring for some time now, spanning several iOS updates, now to the latest 16.1.1. It is more of an inconvenience, but I would like to know if anybody else has seen this problem, (and ...
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Turn off TouchID when connected to external monitor

Is it possible to turn off TouchID only when a MacBook Pro is connected to an external monitor? I use the laptop with an open lid, but since it’s situated pretty far away it’s a hassle to reach over ...
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How to disable "Do you want to sign in to * with your Apple ID" modal in Safari?

I am a consultant, so I have my Mac logged in to my personal Apple ID, but during the day, I log with Safari to various Apple websites with my multiple work-related Apple IDs. I would like to disable ...
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Can a macOS administrator retrieve the password of a user who has enabled TouchID on the same laptop?

TouchID allows a user to log into a laptop through a fingerprint. The fingerprint itself is used by the operating system to retrieve the user password and then the password is used to complete the ...
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Disable Macbook monitor with external screen AND open lid [duplicate]

Since my MacBook 2016 i5 built-in screen starts to flicker, I want to reduce the use by linking an external screen and fully disable the built-in screen. However, to use the macbook Touch ID button, ...
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Login to different user via Touch ID from Lock screen

I'm user1; close the laptop After a minute or so, user2 opens the laptop Laptop shows Lock Screen for user1 user2 now needs to click "Switch User" and only after that put his finger on Touch ...
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M1 Mac (Monterey 12.4) Touch ID is not working for sudo

I followed [this set of instructions] for adding Touch ID authentication to sudo, but it's not working. Almost all the post/questions I found on the internet was more or less same and also they were ...
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How to completely deactivate the TouchID button on 2018 Intel MacBook Pro

I recently had an issue involving liquid poured over the top right corner of my keyboard, thus going under the TouchID button. Since then, at random times, my MacBook auto-locks itself and then shuts ...
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TouchID doesn't always work

Touch ID works fine, but not always. I can understand that after a reboot or a logout / login, a password is required, but sometimes a password is required only an hour after closing the laptop lid ...
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Macbook Pro 14" M1 logs in with Touch ID but not with password

For some reason I can't login to my Mac with a typed password, only with Touch ID. I have checked if I was entering correctly, if caps lock was activated and have also changed the password, but I ...
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Post Flexgate - 2017 Macbook Pro screenless setup: How can I connect a monitor to the internal graphics port?

Is there a way to connect a flex-cable or interface card to the mac's internal display connector to branch out HDMI or TB? It would save a lot of time and preserve GPU power for the screens that are ...
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Touch ID window for sudo doesn't get focus when opened from iTerm

I enabled Touch ID for sudo using pam_tid.so, the problem is whenever I run a sudo command in iTerm, the Touch ID window opens but it is not focused, like this: and holding my finger on the touch ...
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Bioutil (Touch ID) shell script in shortcuts.app on MacOS don't work

I have a problem with bioutil function. In Terminal, I am using two commands which are working: sudo bioutil -ws -u 0 # disables TouchID for unlock sudo bioutil -ws -u 1 # enables TouchID for ...
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Use TouchID as mouse - Any way to get serial output from the chip?

I am investigating the opportunities to use the TouchID as a mouse pointer. Is there any way to read any data except authentication-status from the TouchID chip?
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What does touch ID button do when pressed?

Usually I put my M1 Mac Air to sleep with alfred when ending work but I just found out that I can press the touch ID button, which locks the mac. Is it similar to sleep or another state?
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OSX Touch ID not available when exiting sleep

For many years ago I installed/modified something in the OS to enable Smart Card support. I am now at OS X Monterey and still am not able to get the possibility to use Touch ID in the popup window ...
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TouchID suddenly stopped working

Today the TouchID on my MacBook Air suddenly stopped working. Based on this Apple's page, I tried all of the steps, including wiping the sensor, different fingers, restart, adding another one, etc. ...
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Does the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID work like a regular keyboard with T2 chip Macbooks?

The Magic Keyboard with Touch ID requires Macbooks with Apple Silicon to exploit the Touch ID feature but does the keyboard work like a normal keyboard with an T2 chip Macbook? The idea is to buy it ...
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Yubikey stops TouchID from working

I use a Yubikey Nano (USB-C) and it allows me to 2FA very conveniently. When I plugged it in, my macOS gave me the option to pair it with my login account and use it as a way of logging in as well. I ...
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How to turn on Touch ID + Automatic Login with macOS on MacBook Pro with Touch ID key?

I would like to find a way to change a preference option from the shell or another way to force macOS 12 (Monterey)+ to allow one to use BOTH the Touch ID functionality along with automatic login for ...
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Enter password on macOS when smart card is available

I have a Yubikey with PIV enabled and paired with my MacBook. I also use Touch ID to unlock when available. But Touch ID requires the password to re-enable from time to time (e.g. not unlocked for 48 ...
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How can I use my SSH key with TouchID so that don't have to type in my passphrase each time, but still required my finger print at each log in?

I am trying to use my ssh key with touchID. As others suggested here, I ran ssh-add -K ~/.ssh/[my-private-key] and modified my .ssh/config with Host * UseKeychain yes AddKeysToAgent yes ...
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Installed PECL with sudo; How can I remove it?

I installed PECL following this guide https://blackdeerdev.com/install-pecl-pear-on-mac-osx/ but with sudo.. it does not say in the script but since it did not work i wanted to try because the script ...
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Authentication failed while enabling touch ID

I have deleted the stored fingerprints in touch ID under System Preferences > Touch ID. Now whenever I want to add a new fingerprint, a popup appears saying "Authentication cancelled." I ...
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Macbook Pro - Disable lock on touch id press

My MBP 16" (11.6 big sur) has a broken keyboard. Instead of getting it fixed, I have placed a magic keyboard on top of it. Works great and fits perfect (internal keyboard is disabled via ...
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Disable TouchId when resuming from suspend BUT leaving it enabled for sudo

I've recently switched my development setup to a new M2 Mac Book Air with Touch ID support. Right now I'm tailoring my laptop to my liking. I've added Touch Id as a supported PAM authentication method:...
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Why I can't login to my Mac without typing in my password sometimes?

In 99% of the time, I can log in to my sleeping Mac (M1 MacBook Air) using TouchID. But sometimes it shows that 'password is required to log in' screen, and the TouchID seems to be not working. This ...
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Can't set up Touch ID on iPhone 6+

I have an iPhone 6+ that was given to me by the original owner because she thought she had bricked it while attempting to set it up for a family member. Using DFU mode I have un-bricked it, but one ...
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TouchID not filling passwords on Safari and just showing passwords stored inside Safari, not Keychain

I am using BigSur for the first time today, after unboxing a new iMac M1. I migrated all my stuff from an old iMac with Catalina, to this one, using a time machine backup. The new machine is working ...
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Jump straight to passcode when finger isn't recognized but Touch ID?

When I'm sweaty (e.g. jogging), I find it very difficult to unlock my iPhone 7 with touch ID. I use my fingerprint-registered finger with the home button, but I get stuck in a loop of it forever ...
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Does the new 24" iMac Touch ID keyboard work with Mac's with the T2 Chip?

I have a 2019 MacBook Air with Touch ID and was wondering if the new 24" iMac Touch ID keyboard will work with my computer. I know for sure that it works with all other Apple Silicon computers, ...
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I am unable to enroll Touch ID on my MacBook Pro 2018

After clicking on add finger and putting my password in the dialogue box, it automatically says failed before scanning the finger. I have tried resetting the SMC, running device in safe mode but none ...
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Touch ID doesn't work on MacBook Pro 2019

I have troubles with Touch ID on my MacBook Pro 2019 all the time, it just don't recognize my fingers. If I try to add a new fingerprint the red lines animation doesn't show up like nothing is ...
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TouchID does not lock MacBook Pro anymore on macOS Big Sur 11.2 [closed]

Is it just me or this feature was removed after updating to Big Sur 11.2?
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Unlock MacOs with fingertips doesn't work on Big Sur

I'm trying to unlock my Mac with Touch ID. During the initialisation process, I configured my fingertip correctly but when I try to unlock my Mac it doesn't detect it. If I go in "System ...
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pam_tid.so asks for password instead of requesting for fingerprint when docked

I used to use auth sufficient pam_tid.so in the /private/etc/pam.d/sudo file to allow fingerprint authentification when using sudo command. Recently upgraded my MBP for a new M1 under macOS Big Sur (...
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Protect certificate access with TouchID on iPhone?

I installed a personal X.509 certificate on my iPhone (SE, iOS 14.0.1). I can use it on websites (in Safari) to authenticate myself, but with no permission check at all. Unlike for example filling in ...
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Touch ID/iPhone 8 Plus

I am trying to use Touch ID, I activate, but after one day, it doesn't recognize mine. I do it again, it works sometimes and it stops, how to train it to recognize? Do I register multiple versions of ...
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Non-Touch ID Mac says "Touch ID requires password when Mac restarts"

I used Carbon Copy Cloner to move from one MacBook Pro to another and have found that while the newer Mac does not have the fingerprint sensor, the OS still reports "Touch ID requires password ...
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Is it possible to disable macOS requesting permissions via Apple Watch, but still use it to unlock Mac?

I've found that it's quite slow to go from typing my user password to unlock/allow something in macOS by double clicking the side button on my Apple Watch. So is it possible to keep the unlock my ...
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Using security keys similar to the use of TouchID for removing need of passwords

With the new MacBooks getting TouchIDs, password authentication is becoming an old school way to do things. Since TouchIDs work in the same way as Security keys (both having public-private keypair), ...
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Mac OS - Is it possible to sign in to iCloud via touch id instead of using the password?

I have a 2018 MacBook Pro 15 running Mojave and from time to time I see this annoying iCloud popup saying I'm not logged in and that I have to enter my AppleID password. I have TouchID set up and use ...
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Failed "Unable to complete Touch id enrolment"

Recently I updated my Macbook Pro 2019 2.4 GHz to Catalina-10.15.4. Suddenly I realized that my Touchpad not working properly. I even can't add a new touch id after entering password showing following ...
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Does iPad 9.7 2019 have a different Touch ID?

I have 3 devices equipped with Touch ID: iPhone 7 2016 iPad 9.7 2019 MacBook Pro 13 2019 The Touch ID on my phone works maybe 10% of the time with my sweaty hands, while I have almost 100% success ...
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MacBook Pro Touch ID

On my Mac-book pro 2019, Touch ID does not hard shut down MacBook Pro. I have tried multiple options for resetting smc but they don't seem to work.
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How to Unlock iOS 12 with passcode, without disabling touch ID

Is there a way I can force a prompt for passcode unlock without disabling touch ID? I have some gloves with capacitative tips on the index fingers. I can use them relatively well to navigate the ...
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Make /usr/bin/security ask for Touch ID verification

I can add a password to the keyring like this: security add-generic-password -a $USER -s my-password-entry -T /usr/bin/security -U -w ... and read it like this: security find-generic-password -a $...
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how to use fingerprint id to sign in to apple ID

When updating my Mac, I often get a password popup like the following. Why does the keychain not remember my password from the last 100 times I entered it. And why does it not offer me the ...
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Can't relaunch/use finder on a 2019 MacBook Pro

The finder app on my new 2019 MacBook Pro is unresponsive and if I relaunch it then nothing happens. It's a newer MacBook and thus the power button is the touch ID button. I tried to power off the ...
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