Recently I upgraded to an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8. One of my favorite new features is Touch ID which allows me to unlock my phone using my fingerprint vs. a typical Passcode. You simply place a finger over the home button and the phone unlocks based on your fingerprint. Because you can add more than one finger, it’s super convenient, secure and easy to setup. Here’s how to configure it on an iPhone or iPad.
Touch ID for iPhone
Tap Settings, Touch ID & Passcode
Being that you’re messing with the security settings of your device, Apple wants to make sure it’s you – so enter your passcode when prompted.
Tap Add a Fingerprint.
Note: After using my iPhone 6 Plus for a few days, I found my Index finger and my two thumbprints are the most handy to have on file. My wife added one of her fingers also for easy access to my iPad.
Your phone will prompt you to Place your Finger on the Home button several times.
After placing your finger on the home button several times, your iPhone / iPad will capture all aspects of your fingerprint. Progress is displayed by filling out a fingerprint on your screen. Follow the prompts until the full scan is completed.
Note: Although the device will prompt you to lift your finger, each time your print is read, your iPhone will vibrate. Lift your finger and place it again when prompted.
When completed, your new Fingerprint will be listed as Finger 1, Finger 2, etc…
If you ever want to remove a fingerprint, simple swipe it left and tap delete.
A nice side benefit of unlocking your iOS device with Touch ID is your kids can no longer spy on you while you’re unlocking it with a passcode. That said, hopefully they won’t get any wild ideas in that regard… ;)