There’s a better way if you have a current MacBook Pro or MacBook Air that supports Touch ID. Instead of using a password, use yourself: your fingerprint with Touch ID. Touch ID will work to unlock your Mac, but it’s secure enough to give you access to Apple Pay and other Apple services that involve money.
Touch ID is not a total replacement for passwords, so don’t get your hopes up. After your restart your Mac, you’ll need your password. After you’ve logged in with your password, you can then use Touch ID.
To use Touch ID, you need to set it up (usually a one-time process) and then be prepared to use it when you want.
How to set up Touch IDSetting up your Mac for Touch ID is a fairly quick one-time process that takes just a few steps.
- Wash your hands and dry them. Wet hands don’t work well with Touch ID.
- Choose Apple→System Preferences. The System Preferences window appears.
- In the System Preferences window, click Touch ID.
- Click + to add a fingerprint. You’re asked to enter your password.
- Enter your password.
- Choose the Touch ID features you want to use on your MacBook. Your choices are:
- Unlocking your Mac
- Apple Pay
- iTunes and App Store
- Follow the instructions to register your fingerprint.
How to use Touch IDIf you have set up Touch ID, you’ll be prompted to use it to unlock System Preferences, the Passwords section in Safari, or password-protected Notes in the Notes app. You can use either Touch ID or a password in these cases.
If you’re traveling, you may want to disable Touch ID so that if security needs to turn on your Mac they can do so. In general, when planning a trip check with the authorities or Apple Support because rules and technologies vary and change.