Fingerprint sensor only works after wiping fingerprints away

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by stackshady, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. stackshady macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Las Vegas, USA
    Title. I don't always have to wipe them away, but I do a lot with my shirt to get it to work. I've deleted and input the fingerprints multiple times and no difference.

    Anyone else have this problem?
  2. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    Not here.

    Touch ID has been flawless for me.
  3. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Are you unusually sweaty? (serious question)
  4. stackshady thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Las Vegas, USA
    Ah, I knew I should have mentioned that. It is not a problem of my hands being dirty, sweaty, etc.
  5. jschu22 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2008
    After several days of basically flawless functionality, the fingerprint sensor has been very frustrating the past two days. Unlocking used to be an afterthought but now I am constantly doubting if it's going to work.

    My fingers are clean and the sensor appears to be as well.
  6. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Seems like some people are having issues. But the majority seem to be having a lot of success.
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Are you touching the sensor differently as an afterthought? I had problems until I realized I was touching it differently while taking it out of my pocket (using the base of my thumb) and while not paying attention (using the tip of my thumb). I reprogrammed my thumbprint using more of my thumb, which solved the problem.
  8. KBS756 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2009
    I think your right there, only way I have it fail is when this happens. And I have pretty oily hands apparent by the way leave streaks on the screen much more so then my brothers.

    If this doesn't fix the problem for OP he should have it checked.

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