How to Add Fingerprint to Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Fingerprint technology has become increasingly popular as a secure and convenient method for unlocking devices. If you own a Mac, you’ll be pleased to know that you can add fingerprint authentication to your system. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Check Compatibility

Before proceeding, it’s important to ensure that your Mac is compatible with fingerprint authentication. This feature is available on MacBook Pro models released in late 2016 or later, as well as MacBook Air models released in 2018 or later. If you own one of these devices, you’re good to go!

Step 2: Set Up Touch ID

To add fingerprint authentication to your Mac, follow these steps:

1. Go to System Preferences

Open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen. From the dropdown menu, select “System Preferences”.

2. Open Security & Privacy

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on “Security & Privacy”.

3. Unlock the Pane

By default, some settings may be locked in Security & Privacy. To make changes, click on the lock icon in the bottom-left corner of the window and enter your administrator password.

4. Select Touch ID

In the Security & Privacy window, click on the “Touch ID” tab located at the top.

5. Add a Fingerprint

Click on the “+” button under “Fingerprints”. You will be prompted to place your finger on the Touch ID sensor located at the rightmost end of the Touch Bar (on MacBook Pro) or at top-right corner of keyboard (on MacBook Air).

6. Lift and Place Your Finger

Follow the instructions on the screen to lift and place your finger on the sensor.

Repeat this process for each finger you want to add. Remember to position your finger differently each time for better recognition.

7. Adjust Fingerprint Settings

Once you have added your fingerprints, you can customize how they are used. For example, you can select which fingers can unlock your Mac and authorize Apple Pay purchases.

Step 3: Test Your Fingerprint

Now that you have set up Touch ID on your Mac, it’s time to test it out. Lock your Mac by either putting it to sleep or logging out of your account.

To unlock, simply place a registered finger on the Touch ID sensor and wait for it to recognize your fingerprint. Voila! Your Mac should now be unlocked.

Adding fingerprint authentication to your Mac not only enhances security but also provides a convenient way to access your device without having to type in passwords every time. With Touch ID, you can breeze through unlocking your Mac and authorizing certain actions with just a touch of a finger.

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