How to Set up Touch ID on Your New MacBook

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Touch ID allows you to unlock your computer using your fingerprint, creating an additional level of security for your device. You may be familiar with Touch ID on your iPhone or iPad, but it is also available on the MacBook Pro and MacBook air. Here is how to create a MacBook fingerprint for your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air Touch ID.

When you first set up your new computer, you will have the option when you boot it up for the first time to set up Touch ID. If you choose to do it then, the steps are the same when you enter a Fingerprint as listed below, but you will also have the option to set it up later. The following steps are for if you choose to set it up later, or if you want to add another fingerprint. For more Mac tips, check out our free Tip of the Day.

Related: How to Lock Apps on Your iPhone & iPad with Touch ID

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  1. Click on the Apple icon to open your Apple menu.

  2. Click System Preferences.

  3. Click Touch ID.

  4. Click Add Fingerprint.

  5. Enter your computer's password (not your Apple ID), then press your finger several times on the Touch ID button (located at the top right of your keyboard).

  6. At a certain point you'll be prompted to touch the edge of your finger to the button.

  7. Tap Done.

  8. Back at the Touch ID screen, make sure everything you want to use Touch ID for is checked.

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Amy Spitzfaden-Both is the Managing Editor for iPhone Life magazine and an award-winning novelist, with over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. She specializes in Apple news and rumors, health and fitness tech, and parenting in the digital age. She graduated from MIU with a BA in Literature and Writing.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.