Register two different fingerprints in one touch id

engg2000

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Oct 25, 2009
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I tried this for fun but I discovered it is possible to register two fingers under one Touch ID "add fingerprint" session. I actually registered my daughters and my wife's index finger in case of emergency under one Touch ID so I could use the others for myself.

Anyone else try that?
 

oliv2915

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Sep 19, 2014
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I have not gone as far as having other people's fingers added but yes, I do have more than one finger registered.
 

1968

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Sep 15, 2014
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Why wouldn't it work? Do you really think iOS knows who a finger belongs to?
 

Tyler23

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Dec 2, 2010
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I tried this for fun but I discovered it is possible to register two fingers under one Touch ID "add fingerprint" session. I actually registered my daughters and my wife's index finger in case of emergency under one Touch ID so I could use the others for myself.

Anyone else try that?
Yes, it's been that way since it was introduced with the 5s. You can add up to five fingerprints, it doesn't matter whose they are. You could have one for you, a spouse, and 3 kids for all it cares.

I have 4 of my fingers registered, along with my wife's thumb.

Edit: Realized myself and others misinterpreted the OP's meaning - I have never tried registering two fingers with the same Touch ID finger entry..never occurred to me to try, but interesting that it works!
 
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greytmom

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Jun 23, 2010
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I have thumb and index finger of each hand registered. Have since Touch ID first came out.

Either I did a better job recording my fingerprints this time, or Touch ID has improved, because I rarely need a second try with this phone.
 

ZhenyaF

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Mar 28, 2008
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I have thumb and index finger of each hand registered. Have since Touch ID first came out.

Either I did a better job recording my fingerprints this time, or Touch ID has improved, because I rarely need a second try with this phone.
Exactly the same as I have it set up. And I too am surprised at how accurate it is
 

darknyt

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Sep 17, 2009
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I have thumb and index finger of each hand registered. Have since Touch ID first came out.

Either I did a better job recording my fingerprints this time, or Touch ID has improved, because I rarely need a second try with this phone.
Ditto on both, wife's thumb on mine, and I notice this Touch ID implementation is faster and more precise.
 

wermy

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Apr 15, 2013
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I think I know what OP is saying.

I just tried this and it worked.

Go to Touch ID and act as if you're about to add another finger. Then press one finger 'til it buzzes, press a second finger to it til it buzzes, switch back to the first finger, etc. Just switch back and forth. You'll end up with two fingers that will unlock the phone under one entry in Touch ID Settings. Kind of crazy. I just tried it with switching between my middle and ring fingers while enrolling, and now both fingers are under one enrollment entry in my phone, and both fingers unlock my phone just fine... :O
 

DelMac

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Oct 15, 2012
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I registered one of my Rott/Shepherd mixes paw pad prints on my iPhone 6. Couldn't stop laughing when it successfully registered. Told my family if I die they can access my phone with my dog's left paw.
 

powerstrokin

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May 18, 2013
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I registered one of my Rott/Shepherd mixes paw pad prints on my iPhone 6. Couldn't stop laughing when it successfully registered. Told my family if I die they can access my phone with my dog's left paw.
Don't let the NSA know that. Since Apple won't unlock phones for them, they'll just steal your dog and go in that way! ;)
 

BSoares

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Jun 22, 2012
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I was able to register with the tip of my nose but then I couldn't get it to work reliably. Did this for winter when I have gloves on. Gloves work on the screen but not for touch id so I tried that and it didn't go too well.
 

nikhsub1

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Jun 19, 2007
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mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
Most of you fail reading. The op is saying you can register multiple fingers under ONE of the five allowed. This has been known since the 5s as you can do all 10 fingers to one entry.
 

PanAm-L1011

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May 29, 2010
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I tried this for fun but I discovered it is possible to register two fingers under one Touch ID "add fingerprint" session. I actually registered my daughters and my wife's index finger in case of emergency under one Touch ID so I could use the others for myself.

Anyone else try that?
I've registered four. Love it.
 

powerstrokin

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May 18, 2013
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Does this reduce the reliability of it at all? Since normally you'd try to get as much of the finger pad/sides/tip, but now you're using those 'slots' for other fingers altogether.
 
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