Set up MacBook Air Touch ID

March 23, 2020

The inconvenience of typing your password can now be overcome with the Touch ID feature in the Apple Mac book Air. If you've just purchased your first MacBook with Touch ID, you can refer to the steps given in this post and enable Macbook Air Touch ID.

MacBook Air Touch ID Setup

How to setup MacBook Air Touch ID?

Apple has introduced its biometric Touch ID feature for the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. It is a faster and more convenient alternative to passwords. Moreover, it is secure enough to safeguard your Apple Pay and other Apple services access that involve money. Follow these steps to find how to enable MacBook Air Touch ID.

  1. Go to Apple Menu.
  2. Select System Preferences option.
  3. Choose Touch ID.
  4. Click Add a fingerprint option.
  5. Enter the Password.
  6. Check the boxes under Use Touch ID for.
  7. Place the finger to register your Touch ID.

Following the setting up of Touch ID for Mac, you can start using your fingerprint instead of typing out your password. This method works as long as you're logged in.

Switch to touch id on Macbook Air

Before proceeding further, make sure that your finger is clean and dry.

System Preferences Option
System Preferences Option

Choose the ‘Apple’ menu, go to ‘System Preferences’ and select ‘Touch ID’.

Under the ‘Touch ID’ section, you’ll see an option to add a fingerprint.

Add Fingerprint
Add Fingerprint

Click the ‘add a fingerprint’ option visible as a Plus sign inside a circle. Enter your user account password when prompted. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Getting Touch ID Ready
Getting Touch ID Ready

To get your fingerprint ID ready, you'll need to lift and rest your finger on Touch ID repeatedly. Take care to just place your finger on the Touch ID button and not press it.

Touch ID Ready
Touch ID Ready

You'll see a notification saying - Your Touch ID is ready. Your fingerprint can be used to unlock your Mac. You can also use the same to authorize purchases from the following.

  • iTunes Store
  • The App Store
  • Apple Books
  • Purchases on the web using Apple Pay.
  • Sign into some third-party apps.

How to turn off Touch ID?

To delete fingerprints, hover the pointer over a fingerprint. A cross button (delete) should appear. Click it!

Remove Touch ID
Remove Touch ID

When prompted with the warning, hit the Delete button.

You can set up Touch ID during the initial setup of your new MacBook Air or when you choose to add a new user account. Also, if multiple users have enabled Touch ID on the same Mac, the device will leverage the feature to identify the user and will switch to their logged-in user accounts.

Touch id not working MacBook Air

When touch id not working on Macbook Pro, try resetting SMC and NVRAM. SMC or System Management Controller is a kind of chip mounted on an Intel-based MacBook, responsible for running smaller hardware processes. These processes are essential for keyboard and LED indicator use. So, if there's any problem with Touch ID on Macbook, you can try to fix it by resetting SMC. Similarly, when you are experiencing unknown issues with your Mac, you can try resetting NVRAM to fix it.

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