Having Problems With the iPhone 5S Touch ID?
When Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released the iPhone 5S back in September, its flashiest and most impressive feature was the Touch ID fingerprint scanner located on the home button, which allows users to unlock the device simply by swiping their fingerprint.
Touch ID makes it easier for iPhone users to secure data stored on their devices, and it secures that data better than a four-digit passcode. No two fingerprints are alike, a fingerprint is something you always have with you, and using it doesn’t require you to remember anything.
But users have found the technology more difficult to manage than had originally been hoped. Sometimes the sensor has a difficult time reading fingerprints and will give a false negative on prints that should unlock the phone. A report from Wired explains Apple’s use of fingerprint identification more thoroughly and points out some good tricks to getting the most accurate reading when using Touch ID.
First of all, having clean hands that are not too dry is key to getting a good fingerprint reading. Each time the iPhone 5S reads your fingerprint, it adds to its knowledge of what your print looks like to better guarantee you will get good readings in the future. But if your hands are too dry or if there’s debris like dirt, oil, or hand lotion filling in the valleys of your fingerprint, the sensor won’t be able to get a good reading.