Touch ID identify finger

In my opinion, Touch ID is one of the best new iOS features to come about in years. It’s an excellent mix of hardware and software that solves a real problem. I use Touch ID each and every day on my iPhone, and I find myself slightly disappointed every time I try to hold my thumb on my old iPad mini and nothing happens.

As you know, Touch ID allows users to store up to five fingerprints. In turn, any of the registered prints can be used to unlock your iPhone and authenticate purchases associated with your Apple ID, such as App Store purchases.

But how does one go about remembering which fingers were used to setup Touch ID? Inside, we’ll show you how easy it is to do so.

First, you’ll need to venture into the Touch ID settings. This can be found by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. Once there, you’ll see a list of fingerprints under the fingerprints heading. You can have up to five prints assigned to Touch ID, but you don’t have to assign all five if you don’t want to.

Once there, simply touch the Touch ID sensor like you normally would when you want to make a purchase or unlock your phone. If the finger you used is currently one of the registered prints listed under the fingerprints section, you’ll see the a gray flash to signify the assigned print.

After identifying the fingers associated with the assigned prints in Touch ID’s settings, it’s best to assign names to the fingers for future identification. In order to do so, tap the edit button in the upper right-hand corner of the page, and this will place you into edit mode. You can then tap on the names of each finger, and assign your own custom name.

As you can see from the video walkthrough, I renamed two of the fingerprints to “right thumb,” and “right index.” This allows me to easily identify the assigned finger whenever I open the Touch ID preferences in the future.

Do you still use Touch ID on your iPhone, or have you gone back to the animalistic passcode lock full time? What are your thoughts on the technology now that you’ve had plenty of time to put it through its paces? Be sure to share your opinions in the comment section below.

  • chumawumba

    Um, no offense but I think everyone figured this out the day they got their 5s. I know I did.

    • I highly doubt it

      • chumawumba

        Well in my case, I too was wondering how to differentiate between fingers when I noticed the ‘edit’ button. I am pretty sure other saw it too.

      • veda99

        I don’t agree! One of my colleague doesn’t even know that he can add up to five and name them!

      • Nate McKelvie

        I personally knew this, but trust me, there are MILLIONS of people that don’t! Running the store I do, I am always being asked questions about my customers phones by them. Most phone users have no idea how to do anything on their phones. You wouldn’t believe how many don’t even know they have a control panel or drop down notifications

      • Rowan09

        I think it’s more for people that may be new to IOS or just use a smartphone for calling and texting.

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    • Danuel Carr

      I know countless people who couldn’t even figure out how to remove apps from the switcher anymore.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Yeah that’s one of the most common questions I get asked is “how do I close an app now that I have ios7”

      • ConduciveMammal

        I’m ashamed to say, I actually had to Google how to close apps from iOS 4’s app tray haha

      • Alex Blaha

        Don’t feel bad haha, I’ve had many things I’ve had to look up.. that’s how you learn things, the best way.
        This one time I saw this video that had some complicated way to turn on/off portrait orientation lock.. and I commented on it saying it’s to the left in the app switcher, and everyone thought I was a genius.. xD

      • chumawumba

        But I am sure they can use Google… right?

      • RarestName

        Not everyone uses a search engine for all of their questions. If you have a choice between asking someone who knows, and searching online which may or may not have the answer, what action would you pick?

        Would you rather follow a tutorial on how to flash a custom kernel, or directly learn from an experienced individual who can help you troubleshoot errors?

      • Saleh Tayeh

        yup they can use google .. and the best place google could take them is here where i just figured out that you add up to 5 finger prints … you have to admit it we not all nerds 🙂

    • Mike

      Nope I didn’t know. Found out just now lawl

    • ConduciveMammal

      I actually didn’t know this haha

  • Apanizo2

    I just found out what that silver ring is on my home button on my 5s