dim light1

Discover 5 tricks to make the most of Touch ID on your iPhone or iPad

Apple’s digital sensor, called the Touch ID, was one of the great news of the iPhone 5s, in 2013. Since then, it has been incorporated into the lives of users, as it makes access to the device much easier and safer, without having to keep typing passwords. With a simple touch, your device is ready for use, without even realizing it was locked.

With iOS 9, Apple has also extended functionality to applications, which today can adopt them as a form of personal certification.

But there are those who complain that it doesn’t work properly and fails constantly. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to teach you how to improve its functioning, in addition to giving some tips on how to take better advantage of it.

The more you use it, the better it gets

Touch ID has been programmed to improve your finger recognition over time. This means that each time you use it and it recognizes the authorized finger as valid, the system adds new sections of your fingerprint to the recorded data to improve the accuracy of correspondence over time. That is, to improve it, you need to use it more.

But sometimes it happens that many users do not have a good user experience, with the scanner not always properly recognizing a registered finger. This is not normal and there are ways to improve usage.

Improving identification

If you are experiencing Touch ID recognition issues, the best thing to do is to re-register your fingers, the right way. Many believe that registering the first time you install iOS or buying a new iPhone does not always register optimally, so redoing the registration process often improves the experience.

To do this, just follow the steps:

Step 1: Open the System Settings.

Step 2: Go in Touch ID and Code and enter the device password.

Step 3: In the Fingerprints section, delete the records, dragging each one to the left, until the Delete button appears.

Step 4: Touch Add Fingerprint and register your finger. Repeat the process with other fingers.

Care to be taken when registering

When registering a finger, it must be remembered that any temporary change in it can impair the identification, such as small cuts in the skin, dirt and even sweat. Incidentally, the sensor cannot read when the finger is wet, so always clean and dry your hand well before trying. Apple also suggests using a clean, lint-free cloth to remove dirt and debris from the Home button.

Tricks to better use Touch ID

# Trick 1: Find out which finger is registeredWhen going on Settings> Touch ID and Code, you see the list of registered fingers. If you want to know what the fingers are, just touch the Touch ID, without pressing it, and the record for that finger will be selected in the list. You can try this with all recorded impressions.


# Trick 2: Name the recordsNot everyone knows, but you can name each record so you can always know which fingers are registered. Just tap on each record and change the name, like “Right index finger“,“Left thumb”Or even the registered finger of someone in the family. This makes management easier when you need to delete one or register a new finger.


# Trick 3: Train the touchAs we said, Touch ID learns over time to get to know your finger better. So, if you want to improve identification, spend some time training the touch. Go in Settings> Touch ID and Code and touch it 20 times with each registered finger, noting that it is selected in the list every time you touch the sensor. It is very likely that after that you will notice a faster response from Touch ID in day-to-day use.


# Trick 4: Register 5 fingers at onceApple only allows you to make five finger registrations on the system. However, there is a Work around which allows you to register more than that, if you want. The trick is to add a new impression, and each time he asks you to put your finger back on, you exchange for another. For example, to enroll all fingers on the right hand, add a new fingerprint and first place your thumb on the sensor. When he shakes, change and put the indicator. Change and repeat the process until it is completed. From there, you can use any of the fingers on your right hand to unlock the device. You can repeat the process for the fingers of your left hand.


# Trick 5: Unlock the iPhone without pressing the buttonIn iOS 10, Apple changed the screen unlock system and eliminated the classic “Slide to unlock“. Then users were faced with the need to press the button to unlock. This is the standard procedure that appears when you install the system or purchase a new device. Fortunately there is a way for you to activate Touch ID for unlocking, without having to press the button. Unfortunately, devices that do not have the fingerprint sensor will always have to press the button to use the device.

To activate Touch ID at unlock, go to Settings> Accessibility> Home button and activate the option “Hold your finger to unlock“. So, to unlock the screen, just touch the Touch ID with a registered finger, to release the device.


To learn more about fingerprint registration and other information about Touch ID, check out the Apple website.