My touch ID just doesn't work like it used to

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  1. Tom2893 macrumors 6502

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    When I first got the 5S it mostly always picked up my fingerprint the first time. Now it takes like 2 tries every time or it just gives up and needs my passcode. What is this. (i haven't damaged the phone)
     
  2. cyks macrumors 68020

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    Change in weather/ seasons effecting your skin would be my guess.
     
  3. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Maybe your finger changed and you have to reinput the fingerprint.
     
  4. Tom2893 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ill try it, thanks

    seems to work much better now.. interesting!
     
  5. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    i have to redo my fingerprint every week it seems.. i wish apple made it so it would just readjust its reading for your finger every time it scans to keep up with your finger. hmmm :rolleyes:
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Have two prints of the same finger, one taken in the winter and one taken when it's warm so it'll work year round.
     
  7. sixrom macrumors 6502a

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    Mine doesn't work so well either, but it's not an issue since my iPhone 5S is my secondary smartphone. I'm currently enjoying my Nexus 5 as my primary, highly reliable, fast and fun Android phone.
     
  8. mKTank macrumors 68000

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    Buyer's remorse in its natural habitat: in the wrong forum.
     
  9. sixrom macrumors 6502a

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    Guess again, a mind reader you're not :D
     
  10. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

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    I still have yet to experience any real problems with touch ID. From the amount of people who are having issues I guess I just got really lucky. Mine has always worked as intended unless my fingers are wet or have something on them.
     
  11. mKTank macrumors 68000

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    *hey let's post about my nice wonderful fast, reliable brand new Nexus 5 smartphone running Google's mobile operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat...in a thread about iPhone fingerprint sensor*

    Just seems desperately out of place to me, that's all. :rolleyes:
     
  12. AceMason macrumors regular

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    Mine used to work extremely well before but now it's terrible. I just updated my fingerprints so hopefully it works fine now.
     
  13. Tom2893 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i updated both my thumbs, but today its been awful. hasn't picked up my finger once..
     
  14. LaurieAnn macrumors regular

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    Mine hasn't been working very well either lately. It used to work nearly 100%. It began failing when I tweaked my notification settings for text messages to not display the message subject on the home screen. Weird I know.
     
  15. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Clean the touch id so it's not dirty. Nothing advanced just use you shirt the way you would clean the screen.
     
  16. Max(IT) Suspended

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    Who cares about your nexus 5 ???

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    From what I read, it readjust your fingerprint scan at every access .... Or it should be this way
     
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    From what I've experienced, touch ID is nowhere near as fluid as Apple pimped it out to be. No matter how many times you add/update your fingerprint, it still starts to fail only weeks later. Even more annoying is having to input your passcode after every reboot or when the App Store feels you've been away for too long. Kinda defeats the purpose of touch ID in the first place.
     
  19. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    Speak for yourself. About 3 months, and not one issue. Not one.
     
  20. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

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    Still no issues whatsoever here. Still works like it did on day one WITHOUT redoing my fingerprints , flawlessly.
     
  21. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    We'll I thought that was implied when I stated "from my experience". :D
     
  22. Max(IT) Suspended

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    Actually you said "no matter how many times YOU add/update your fingerprints" ....

    This statement isn't related to your experience but seems to be a rule, and it's not.
    My TouchId is working almost flawlessly since day one. It's not 100% correct! for sure, but it works very very well indeed.
    I'm missing it very much on my iPad .....
     
  23. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    Are your fingers damp- that seems to be the most common problem
    Take it back if u think it is a real issue and not just u
     
  24. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Well I wouldn't say not one issue, at least for me. The success rate is extremely high for first press unlocks. I had to reinput thumb fingerprint once. Overall though, I rate it highly given I thought it was a gimmick at the beginning.

    Are you on myg37.com?

    Actually, in my experience, it is exactly what Apple pimped it up to be. My fingerprints do not fail after one week. You may have unlucky fingers that are dry or change with the weather or the hydration of your body making it difficult for the fingerprint reader.

    The passcode after every reboot is as designed, and affects every 5s consumer, as you know. That's the way it was designed. Also, you can alter the app store timeout, mine is set to 15 minutes.

    My guess is, if the fingerprint reader were disabled, you would still complain on how difficult it is to enter your password each and every time. Hopefully apple is working on a retinal scanner.
     

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