Enable touch id on MacBook Air for a quicker, easier login

Setup MacBook Air touch ID

Compared to typing a password, a fingerprint scanner can lock and unlock your MacBook more quickly. So, if you want, you can add touch ID on MacBook Air. You can even use this technology to make purchases using your Apple ID and Apple Pay.

How to enable touch id on MacBook Air?

Time needed: 2 minutes

Apple introduced its biometric Touch ID feature for new variants of MacBook namely MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. It is a faster and more convenient method to login than remembering or saving passwords. Moreover, it is secure enough to safeguard your online interactions that involve money.

  1. Go to Apple Menu and select Touch ID

    Before proceeding further, make sure that your finger is clean and dry. Then, choose the Apple menu and go to System Preferences. Select the Touch ID option.

  2. Add fingerprint

    Under the Touch ID section, you’ll see an option to add a fingerprint. It’s visible visible as a Plus sign inside a circle.

    Add fingerprint on MacBook Air

  3. Enter the Password

    Enter your user account password when prompted. Follow the on-screen instructions.

  4. Place the finger to register your Touch ID

    To get your fingerprint ID ready, you’ll need to lift and rest your finger on Touch ID repeatedly. Take care to just place your finger on the Touch ID button and not press it.

    Registering Fingerprint on MacBook Air

  5. Wait for the touch ID to be ready

    You’ll see a notification saying – Your Touch ID is ready. It marks the completion of the process. Your fingerprint can now be used to unlock your Mac. You can also use the same to authorize purchases from iTunes Store, App Store, Apple Books and purchases made on the web using Apple Pay.

    Touch ID is ready message

Where is MacBook Air Touch ID?

If your MacBook or Magic Keyboard supports Touch ID, the sensor can be found in the top right corner of your keyboard. You can use it to add up to three fingerprints to your user account (you can save up to five fingerprints on your Mac).

MacBook Air touch ID Button
MacBook Air touch ID Button

How to turn off Touch ID on MacBook Air?

To delete fingerprints, hover the pointer over a fingerprint. A cross button (delete) should appear. Click it!

When prompted with the warning, hit the Delete button.

Delete Touch ID on MacBook Air
Delete Touch ID on MacBook Air

You can set up fingerprint ID during the initial setup of your new MacBook Air or when you choose to add a new user account. Also, if multiple users have enabled Touch ID on the same Mac, the device will leverage the feature to identify the user and will switch to their logged-in user accounts.

Touch ID on MacBook not working

When touch id not working on Macbook Pro, try resetting SMC and NVRAM. SMC or System Management Controller is a kind of chip mounted on an Intel-based MacBook, responsible for running smaller hardware processes.

These processes are essential for keyboard and LED indicator use. So, if there’s any problem with Touch ID on Macbook, you can try to fix it by resetting SMC. Similarly, when you are experiencing unknown issues with your Mac, you can try resetting NVRAM to fix it.