How to Set Up iPhone 5s Touch ID (Fingerprint Scanner)

One of the newest features of the iPhone 5s is the fingerprint scanner built into the Home Button, which allows you to securely lock the phone using your fingerprint, as well as make purchases in the iTunes store. Setting up the Touch ID sensor, as it’s called, takes about a minute of your time. Here’s how to set it up once you get your new iPhone 5s.

1. Open the Settings to the Passcode & Fingerprint menu, and select Fingerprints.


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2. Select Add A Fingerprint. You can choose any finger you like — and even enter multiple fingers — but it’s best to choose one that you’re most likely to use when holding the phone.

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3. Place your finger on the Home button without pressing it down. You will have to touch the button several times; as you do, the gray lines will turn red. When all the lines have turned red, the setup process will move to the next step.


4. Adjust your grip so that you’re holding the iPhone 5s as you would normally.

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5. Roll the edges of your finger on the Home button. This is so the Touch ID sensor will be able to identify your fingerprint even if you don’t press it the same way every time. Now you can unlock your phone just by using your fingerprint.

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6. Press the Home button to turn on your iPhone’s screen. This will bring up the lock screen.

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7. Rest your finger on the Home button (you don’t need to press down on it) to unlock your iPhone. If you want to add additional fingerprints, repeat the steps above.

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  1. Claude Laird Says:

    Very annoying and unprofessional video. First it is recorded in an extremely noisy environment, so it is difficult to hear and understand. It is rather thoughtless to force those seeking help to endure all that unnecessary noise, because Prospero couldn’t be bothered to find a quiet place to record. Second, this “How to” video assumes that a first time user knows how to find the settings menu and, instead, jumps into directions that are already contained in the setup instructions that the user is having trouble finding in the first place. What would really be useful for those seeking help would be to 1) record in a quiet place and then 2) walk beginners through finding the fingerprint setup menu and instructions from the very first step after activating their phone. The rest is the video is of lesser importance, as beginners can probably figure this part out for themselves with the prompts and pictures already on the phone. I recommend redoing this entire video, starting in a quiet place.

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