How to Enable Touch ID on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       January 30, 2022      Tutorials Mac Security


Newer MacBooks and Apple keyboards have a button in the top-right corner referred to as Touch ID. This feature allows you to use your fingerprint for authentication. Instead of typing a password to log in, you can press your finger on Touch ID to verify your identity.

Apple Touch ID icon

Most people want to use Touch ID on their Mac. If you’d prefer to use your fingerprint to authenticate, follow the steps in this tutorial to enable Touch ID on your Mac. Here’s how to turn on Touch ID on your Mac:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Click Touch ID, as shown below.

    Touch ID settings on Mac

  3. Select all of the checkboxes to enable Touch ID on your Mac, as shown below.

    Enabling Touch ID on a Mac

You’ve successfully enabled Touch ID on your Mac. Now, you’ll need to enter your password for authentication on your Mac. If you ever want to turn off Touch ID, simply deselect the checkboxes on the Touch ID settings page.

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