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Five Handy tips with iPhone Touch ID

Five Handy tips with iPhone Touch ID
It was 2013, when Apple first introduced the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s; it was revolutionary for its time. It was among the first of biometric readers on smartphones that actually worked on the Smartphones and iPhone was the leader in that. However, at the time the uses for Touch ID were limited and were available for only unlocking the phone or to authenticate iTunes and App Store purchases.

After three years of launch the technology has grown a lot and now Fingerprint scanner is one of the primary features of the Smartphone.




Coming back to the Apple Touch ID, since the launch of the technology, Apple has opened up Touch ID to third party apps, expands its use throughout iOS, and made it a key feature for Apple Pay authentication. While the Touch ID is one of the intenal parts of the iPhone, many of us are not much aware about many things about it. Today in this article we are going to talk about the five Tips, which will help you get maximum out from your iPhone Touch ID.

Disable iTunes Store, App Store, and Apple Pay purchases

So many people will take it very confusing, as I have said above Touch ID is very handy feature in the iPhone, then from where the question of disabling it comes in picture. Touch ID is the ability to use your fingerprint to authenticate purchases from the App Store and iTunes Store on your iPhone and iPad. No doubt about it: it saves a lot of time and frustration of having to enter your password each time. The only problem is sometimes using Touch ID for purchases make it too easy to buy media and in-app purchases, which is not an idea for many of US.


We feel you should have more control while you are purchasing Media, Apps, etc. Same is understood by Apple as well and they give option of Disabling Touch ID for App Store, iTunes Store, and even Apple Pay purchases. Here’s how:
  • Tap the Settings app.
  • Tap Touch ID & Passcode
  • Enter your device passcode when asked.
  • Under “Use Touch ID For” toggle the green switch to OFF (white) next to iTunes & App Store and, optionally, Apple Pay.
Add multiple fingerprints

One of the crucial features of Touch ID is that the device can store up to five fingerprints. This feature of the Touch ID is not being used by many of us and as a usual practice we use our thumbprint. Storing more fingerprints means you can use more fingers to enable Touch ID. At first this may seem silly, after all, are you ever not going to have your thumb on you? But then you realize that additional fingers make Touch ID better because sometimes you are holding your iPhone or iPad at an angle where the thumb isn’t the finger with the most easily accessible reach to the Touch ID button.


Here is how you can configure more fingerprints on the Touch ID:
  • Tap the Settings app.
  • Tap Touch ID & Passcode
  • Enter your device passcode when asked.
  • Under “Fingerprints” tap “Add a Fingerprint”
  • You’ll be taken through the normal fingerprint setup screen again and this time you can choose any additional finger you want.




Keep your fingerprints organized

Getting organized helps everywhere, same is the case here. By default when you add fingerprints to Touch ID they’ll be named “Finger 1”, “Finger 2”, and so on. This is fine…except when you want to delete a specific print. It might be hard to remember which “finger” is which. Thankfully, you can rename your scanned fingerprints to anything you want. Here’s how:

  • Tap the Settings app.
  • Tap Touch ID & Passcode
  • Enter your device passcode when asked.
  • Under “Fingerprints” tap the “Finger #” you want to rename.
  • On the next screen delete the generic “Finger #” and enter your own name (such as “left thumb”, “right thumb”, “ring finger”, etc.)

Remove Fingerprints

If you feel that you have to change some fingerprint and find that all the five space is occupied then in that case this is helpful.

You have to just follow below steps:
  • Tap the Settings app.
  • Tap Touch ID & Passcode
  • Enter your device passcode when asked.
  • Under “Fingerprints” tap the “Finger #” you want to remove.
  • On the next screen tap the red Delete Fingerprint button.
Scan somebody else fingerprint for emergency

This is perhaps my favorite Touch ID tip. Though Touch ID is designed for personal security, there’s no reason you can’t store another person’s fingerprint on your device. Why might you want to do this? A backup fingerprint of someone else ensures they will be able to access your phone in times of emergency if you are not around or otherwise unable to.

Needless to say, you should only give someone else who you EXPLICITLY TRUST access to your Touch ID, like a spouse or partner.  Here’s how to add someone else’s fingerprint to your Touch ID:
  • Tap the Settings app.
  • Tap Touch ID & Passcode
  • Enter your device passcode when asked.
  • Under “Fingerprints” tap “Add a Fingerprint”
  • You’ll be taken through the normal fingerprint setup screen again but this time let your trusted other enter one of their prints.
These are some of the cool tips which can help you get maximum from your Touch ID.
Source: know your Mobile 

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