Prevent Problems with your iPhone 6 Fingerprint Scanner
Edited by Grimm, Zack, Eng, Angela Greer
You're watching VisiHow. Today, we're going to teach you some security tips for your iPhone 6, concerning the touch fingerprint ID.
To start with, let's give a quick press to the Lock button on the right side of the phone here.
Then you can either press your fingerprint into the touch sensor here at the bottom, or you can swipe across the screen and enter your pin.
If you're entering in a pin, then you tap it, and it automatically enters you into the phone. Otherwise, you just press your thumb down here like I'm doing, and it automatically logs you in.
Once you're logged in, what we're going to do is click on the Settings option, which is this grey gear shift icon.
So Tap on Settings just one time.
Then I'm going to scroll down, and I'm looking for the Touch ID & Passcode field.
Touch ID & Passcode is going to take us to the security area where we set-up our PIN. So click on that option.
Once you enter the Touch ID & Passcode option, it's going to ask you for your pass-code.
If you do not have your pass code or do not remember your pass-code, you cannot access this part of the phone. You will have to restore your phone. But in my case, I've set it to 1234, so I'll enter that.
I have Require Passcode immediately set.
This is an option that is changed elsewhere in the phone - on the timer for when you're locking your phone. As you can see here, I am unable to change or update that because I have it set elsewhere. We'll discuss that a little later.
I do not have Erase Data turned on.
I can tap that if I want to enable erasing of data, but I'm going to cancel as I do not want to do that because I'm going to be recording some other videos on how to correct phone problems.
However, what we're going to do here is discuss how you can improve the speed and security of your phone.
First off, the number of fingerprints you have.
If you have one fingerprint, then that is the fastest way to unlock your phone. But if you have a second fingerprint, your phone now has to choose between two fingerprints to identify them. If you have a third, fourth, and fifth fingerprint in there, that means your phone has to try determine which of the five fingers it is that's trying to unlock the phone. That significantly slows things down.
However, the main purpose of this particular tutorial is this pass-code here.
You can turn off your pass-code, which you'll have to enter the pass-code in order to do.
Now, I've turned off my pass-code.
I do want to keep using my iCloud Key chain so I'll press 'Keep Using iCloud Key chain.' I don't want to change that. So my pass-code is now turned off. This can create a problem for you because watch what happens when I restart my phone.
When you restart the phone and go into the iTunes Store or anything else, you will be prompted for passwords or passcodes that you will need to enter.
If you do not have these passcodes, you will not be able to access these services using your fingerprint. Once you turn off the four-digit PIN (or the more complicated password if that's what you had chosen), you also have difficulty accessing these services.
So I'm going to slide to unlock my phone.
I simply get right into the phone. There isn't any more security.
So now if I tap on settings, and I go back to my Touch ID & Passcode, then turn on the security for my lock, it's going to ask me to set a pass-code again.
So you have to have the four-digit pass-code in order for your phone to work.
Let's press the Home button to go back to the home screen.
Now we're going to press the Lock button on the right side.
Hold it down, and then turn off the phone by sliding to power off.
Now let's restart the phone.
Now when it powers up, I will be asked for a pass-code.
My fingerprint will not be enough to get me into the phone. This means that if you setup a fingerprint ID to unlock your phone and you are of the belief that you'll be using that to get in and out of your phone, you will discover much to your dismay that you are very much mistaken. Your PIN code will be required every time you restart your phone. You will not be able to access it without that PIN code unless you use an iPass or workaround which we will discuss in another video.
However, let me show you what I'm talking about.
Let's press the Lock button one time, and swipe across.
As you can see, there's a PIN code.
I can tap Cancel to cancel that.
If I want to enter my fingerprint in, it tells me:
"Enter Passcode - Touch ID requires your pass-code when iPhone restarts." No pass-code, no access to the phone.
So let's press the Lock button again.
Then enter in your four-digit pass-code.
Now let's lock the phone again.
Now, we can press Home with my fingerprint and unlock it.
This is very important for you to remember. Otherwise, you might lock yourself outside of your phone.
This concludes our tutorial on security improvements and features for the fingerprint scanner, and of course things to look out for to keep yourself from getting locked out of your phone.
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Video: Prevent Problems with your iPhone 6 Fingerprint Scanner
Recent edits by: Eng, Zack, Grimm