How to reset Touch ID on MacBook

Reset touch id on macbook

Apple introduced Touch ID in the MacBook back in 2016 when it added a fingerprint sensor in MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The company has added Touch ID to the power button. You just need to put your finger on the power button to quickly unlock your Mac. It quickly lets you unlock your Mac. In case your Macbook’s Touch ID is creating issues and fails to recognize a fingerprint in one or two attempts, you can reset the Touch ID to fix the issue. If you are not sure how to reset the Touch ID of your MacBook, keep reading. In this article, I will explain how you can reset the Touch ID on your Macbook.

Reset Touch ID on a MacBook

To reset the Touch ID on the MacBook, follow these steps.

Open System Preferences. Then tap Touch ID & Password in the sidebar. Hover the mouse pointer over one of the saved Touch ID prints and it will show X sign to delete the saved fingerprint.

reset Touch ID on a MacBook

It will ask you to enter the password for your account before MacBook deletes the fingerprint.

If you have multiple fingerprints saved as Touch IDs, repeat the same for all saved fingerprints. Once you have deleted all saved fingerprints, you have reset the Touch ID.

Now you need to add fingerprints back for it to work. To add a new Fingerprint, click the empty Touch ID slot with the plus icon. It will ask you to place your finger on the Touch ID sensor. Follow the onscreen steps to add a new Touch ID.

Wrap Up

Now you know how to quickly reset Touch ID on MacBook to quickly fix Touch ID related issues. You should also make sure that Touch ID is clean before adding a new fingerprint. If after doing Touch ID reset, Touch ID still fails to work properly, there could be a possibility of hardware damage. You can also try SMC reset on your MacBook before going to the service center.


Deepanker Verma is the founder of Nerdy Guides. He is a tech blogger, software developer, and gadget freak. He also runs TheWPGuides, and Techlomedia

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