Reset fingerprint ID every month

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 3lite, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. 3lite macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2011
    For optimum performance and speed.

    Trust me, no placebo.
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    So basically, completely undermining the learning characteristics of the TouchID sensor.

    Sounds legit. :rolleyes:
  3. Ajones330 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2008
    SEC Country
    I haven't had any issue besides the norm of having to turn my device off every few days to keep it running efficiently...
  4. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I actually think this is a sound idea. My 5S's, as well as my wife's, TouchID functions considerable worse since we bought them over a month ago.

    Since the hardware isn't obviously changing, I blame it on the "learning" ability of TouchID because it was working flawlessly for the first 2 weeks. I actually don't know what needs to be "learned" if it was already working over 95% of the time. Besides, if you took a very high-resolution "photo" of my whole finger once, how exactly would this photo improve if you took it 500 more times, especially if you're taking these extra photos under sub-optimal conditions (wet finger, freezing/hot finger, soiled finger, etc)?
  5. oVerboost macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2013
    United Kingdom
    No issues for me with my launch 5s space grey model.
  6. joshdammit macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    It's not taking a photo of your fingerprint. You're forming an opinion of the technology based on doubt and misinformation.

    Touch ID works. I scanned my fingerprint once and never had to do so again (aside from adding fingers.) Any time it doesn't work it's because I put my finger on it at a weird angle... and the next time I used that angle again, it worked. Yes, I specifically tested it out.

    Thanks for sharing your wife's testimony, instead of your own, but she's either imagining the problem, she's doing it wrong (eg. When she scanned her fingerprint the first time perhaps she didn't do it at different angles like instructed) or her device is faulty. You don't need to reset your finger print every month.

    Touch ID works.
  7. itegypt macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2011
  8. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Thanks for posting a response based on doubt and misinformation.

    First, why in the world would you think this is my wife's experience only? If mine worked like it should, why in hell would I write so much about it? That's a really dumb thing to say.

    Second, TouchID is supposed to learn by assimilating a multitude of alternative images of your fingerprint. How else would it work.

    Lastly, it's really sad that you sat down and tried multiple finger angles while trying to test TouchID.
  9. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2009
    I've disabled my touchID because I got tired of having to reset it.
  10. ABC5S, Dec 2, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2013

    ABC5S macrumors 68040

    Sep 10, 2013
    Absolutely no problems with my Touch ID. And will not reset it later unless it goes wacko on me. ;)
  11. noobinator macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wiping off the home button with a microfiber cloth every now and then works wonders.
  12. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    It wouldn't surprise me if the learning characteristics can mess things up over time due to any number of factors. I had a lot of trouble with TouchID this weekend, but have not reset it yet.
  13. drew0020 macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2006
    Mine has been pretty hit or miss. Probably a 60-70% success rate.
  14. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

    Sep 7, 2010
    I've had my phone for about 2 weeks now. Many unlocks per day, and I'd say it successfully reads any of the 4 fingers I've programmed at least 95% of the time. Never failed with a second touch.

    I'd say that's no cause to complain.
  15. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    For some reason, the problems with TouchID don't develop until week 2-4 (or later). You're still in your honeymoon period.
  16. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

    Sep 7, 2010
    We'll see. Millions of people have bought the 5s since launch and I haven't heard of widespread touchID issues.
  17. 3lite thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2011
    Nobody is saying Touch ID doesn't work. Nobody is saying it is required to reset for it to "work".

    But for OPTIMAL performance and OPTIMAL speed, resetting is the way to go.
  18. jasonv1 macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2009
    I haven't reset it yet, but performance isn't as good as when I got it 2 months ago. Cleaning the button does seem to help when I am having issues.
  19. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    So how do we petition the Mac Rumors forum admins to reinstate the downvote button?

    I feel my fingerprint scanner gets better with age. No placebo here. Honest!
  20. Arcade macrumors regular


    Oct 1, 2012
    Bronx, NY
    No problems here. Ive used it with clear white gloves with no problems.
  21. AbeFrohman macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2011
    For people complaining about TouchID being hit & miss, try this simple trick:

    Scan the same finger for two of the registered fingerprints. (I suppose you could go nuts and scan it for three of them ... or more)

    I did that with my right thumb (the finger I use 95% of the time to unlock) and it greatly improved the performance.
  22. darkfiber macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Columbus, OH USA
    The accuracy of TouchID on my 5s has been excellent (got my 5s on Sept 25th), I just have both my thumbs registered. The only TouchID issue I have had is when it stops working altogether (no "try again" or anything) and it turns out the official Twitter app was causing that issue. Since I deleted the official Twitter app back in Nov 14th I have not had a single problem with TouchID. Only the occasional "try again" which usually only requires me to lift my finger and try again.
  23. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    Mine seems to be getting better with age.

    Occasionally it seems to ignore my input, but for the most part it's great.
  24. ABC5S macrumors 68040

    Sep 10, 2013
    End of fourth week, and still have not had an issue. Not one. I do wipe the touch sensor every now and then. ;)
  25. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America

    ^^THIS. For whatever reason, this works. If this is the only thing that I have to do on a 1st year product. I'm happy.

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