5S Fingerprint scanner problems

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by abs9986, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. abs9986 macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2009
    Just got the Iphone5s and I'm trying to set up the finger print security login.

    I don't know if it's me or the phone, but I can't seem to get it to work. I hold my thumb on the home button and half the time nothing happens, the other half I see it starts to scan my finger and create a partial print. When I feel it vibrate I lift and reapply as instructed, but it never goes anywhere and says it failed to read my prints.

    My hands are clean and dry. Am I doing something wrong?
  2. abs9986 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2009
    exchanged my phone and now it is working flawlessly. I guess certain phones will be defective.
  3. Poly macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2013
    Wow....where are you able to still get a replacement?

    And DAMN this basically confirms fingergate :(
  4. BeeGood, Sep 20, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013

    BeeGood macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    You have to touch and hold until you feel it vibrate. Once it vibrates, it has part of your print and you have to lift slightly and put it back down. You'll do this maybe 10-20 times.

    I've also noticed it helps if you move your finger around a little whole doing it.

    Mine has worked great. I have both thumbs and index fingers

    ETA: just read your follow up. I guess you'll have a defective one in the bunch now and then. Glad they were able to exchange it.

    I'm LOVING this thing!
  5. MacBreezy macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    My finger print scanner only works about half the time. Anyone else having issues? I've already tried to erase and re-add my finger print but still only having success with it part of the time.
  6. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
  7. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    ...what? Two people on an internet forum confirms a widespread issue?

    Mine is working seamlessly...
  8. Kevsta26 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2011
    Apple released iOS 7.0.1 which addresses issues with the fingerprint scanner, so that should fix anyone's issues :)
  9. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Mine has been absolutely flawless every time. It scans it so quick
  10. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    New York City
    Lets hope a small amount
  11. Dascoyne macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2013
    Palo Alto, Ca
  12. eoblaed macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2010
    confirming that my scanner works great for the two fingers I set up for it
  13. joshs2000ss macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2010
    Mine has been perfect every time except one. The scan didn't fail but it failed to recognize that I was putting my thumb on the button. I tried both thumbs (both are programmed in) with the same result.

    I slid the screen over and unlocked with my passcode and did what I needed to do. When I locked again, I quickly tried again to make sure there wasn't a problem. Worked as expected and quite quickly unlocked my phone.

    Battery percentage was at 14%. Not sure if that affected anything, just noting for posterity.
  14. eoblaed macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2010
    Oh, and I make sure when I press that it's a good 'fleshy' press -- ie. my thumb makes decent contact with the metal ring around the home button (not a hard press, but a complete press).
  15. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    When you go back into the settings menu and place your thumb on the scanner the appropriate "finger" turns a shade grey (when you are at certain angles. Looks like it is continuing to learn. Is this always the case or just when you are in this menu?

    Cool either way.

    How many fingers can we set up?
  16. mightygitis macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2011
    Hampton Roads
    We had some issues getting our print scanned in right after activation. Rebooted and now it's been working perfect. In fact I think fingerprint scan unlock is faster than click and swipe with no code!
  17. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
  18. darkgoob macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2008
    Mine works perfectly. My GF said she's gonna wait til I'm asleep then unlock my phone with my hand. So I just wear alarm gloves.

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