Adding a Fingerprint to Touch ID on the MacBook Pro

Adding a Fingerprint to Touch ID on the MacBook Pro

Hey there! Today, I want to show you how to add your fingerprint to the Touch ID feature on your MacBook Pro. It’s a super convenient way to unlock your laptop and keep your data secure.

First things first, make sure you have your MacBook Pro nearby and ready to go. Now, follow these simple steps to add your fingerprint:

Step 1: Go to the Apple menu. You can find it at the top-left corner of your screen. Click on it, and a dropdown menu will appear.

Step 2: In the dropdown menu, select “System Preferences.” This will open a new window with various settings and options.

Step 3: Look for the “Touch ID” icon in the System Preferences window, and click on it. This will take you to the Touch ID settings.

Step 4: Now, you’ll need to enter your login password. It’s important for security purposes, so make sure to use a strong and memorable password.

Step 5: After entering your password, you’ll see a new window with the option to “Add a fingerprint.” Click on it, and a prompt will come up asking you to place your finger on the Touch ID sensor.

Step 6: Gently place your finger on the sensor and hold it there until you feel a slight vibration. Make sure to cover the entire sensor with your fingerprint for accurate recognition.

Step 7: Once your fingerprint is successfully scanned, you’ll be prompted to lift and reposition your finger to capture different parts of your print. Follow the on-screen instructions to get the best possible scan.

Step 8: Repeat the process for each finger you want to add. You can add up to five fingerprints on your MacBook Pro, so choose the ones you use most frequently for convenience.

Step 9: When you’re done adding all your fingerprints, click on “Done” to save the changes. You can now use Touch ID to unlock your MacBook Pro, make purchases, and authenticate various actions.

That’s it! You’ve successfully added your fingerprints to Touch ID on your MacBook Pro. Now, you can enjoy the ease and security of unlocking your laptop with just a touch of your finger.

How to Add a Fingerprint to Touch ID on the MacBook Pro

When Apple introduced the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, they also brought Touch ID to the Mac. And let me tell you, it’s pretty cool. With Touch ID, you can unlock your MacBook Pro without typing your password, make purchases in iTunes and the Mac App Store, and even use Apple Pay.

Now, here’s the thing. When you first set up Touch ID, you only register one fingerprint. But don’t worry, you can add more, just like on iOS. So, let me show you how to add additional fingerprints to Touch ID on your MacBook Pro.

MacBooks Compatible with Touch ID

Before we start, I want to make sure you have the right MacBook. As of today, these are the Macs that support Touch ID:

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro (Touch Bar, Late 2016)
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2016)
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro (Touch Bar, Mid-2017)
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid-2017)
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid-2018)
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid-2018)

Adding a Fingerprint to Touch ID on your Mac

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Hey, let me walk you through how to add a fingerprint to Touch ID on your MacBook. If you haven’t done this during the initial setup, don’t worry—I got you covered.

First, log in to your user account and open System Preferences. You can find it as the gray gears icon in your Dock or by clicking the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of the screen and selecting System Preferences from the menu.

In the System Preferences window, click on Touch ID.

If you already enabled Touch ID during the initial setup, you’ll have one fingerprint registered. But if you want to add a second fingerprint, click on Add a fingerprint.

Now, follow the instructions to place your finger on the Touch ID sensor at the right of the Touch Bar. Make sure to adjust the angle slightly to cover your entire fingerprint.

Once you’re done, you’ll see the second fingerprint listed. If you want, you can even add one more fingerprint, bringing the total to three Touch ID fingerprints per user account.

Why Add a Second Fingerprint?

Having one fingerprint—probably your index finger—for Touch ID is usually sufficient. However, some users may want to alternate between right and left hands or use a different finger to unlock their MacBook. You can also use this method to give another person access to the same user account on a MacBook Pro, but remember to consider the security implications.

Another reason to add a second fingerprint is for enhanced Touch ID accuracy. Similar to the strategy used on the iPhone, you can add the same fingerprint again as your “second” finger. For instance, if you initially set up Touch ID with your right index finger, you can follow the steps above to add your right index finger again as the “second” fingerprint. This provides Touch ID with more data about the finger you’re likely to use when unlocking your device, reducing errors.

Now you know how to add a fingerprint to Touch ID on your MacBook. That’s all there is to it!

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Deleting Touch ID Fingerprints on the Mac

If you ever want to delete any of the added fingerprints on Touch ID, simply go back to System Preferences > Touch ID. Place your cursor over the fingerprint you want to remove and click on the small circled “x” that appears. You’ll need to enter your account’s admin password and confirm the deletion when prompted.

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