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scribb

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 18, 2014
19
1
UK
Hi folks,

I noticed last night that on both my iPhone 6 Plus and my wife's iPhone 6 the TouchID sensor won't work if the phone is plugged in and charging. We are using old chargers and lightning cables, so it is possible the ones that came in the box will fix it, but it's very odd. Plug in - phone can't see the finger, unplug it - unlocks at a touch.

Anyone else seen this?

EDIT:

Turns out it only happens when they're in their cases - Midnight Blue leather for both. And the lightning cable has to be powered, unplug the charger from the wall and it works. Odd combination. I've filed a Radar.
 
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jent

macrumors 6502a
Mar 31, 2010
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Hi folks,

I noticed last night that on both my iPhone 6 Plus and my wife's iPhone 6 the TouchID sensor won't work if the phone is plugged in and charging. We are using old chargers and lightning cables, so it is possible the ones that came in the box will fix it, but it's very odd. Plug in - phone can't see the finger, unplug it - unlocks at a touch.

Anyone else seen this?
Could it be the angle you're doing it at? Try resting the phone on a table while plugged in, then unplug it and try again without moving the phone. If you didn't capture the edge of your prints well enough then it will only work when the center of your finger is flush with the sensor.
 

TrueBlou

macrumors 601
Sep 16, 2014
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Weird to say the least. I may be stating the obvious, but, is it possible that the angle of your finger is different when it's plugged in or is it lying flat in which case ignore this.
 

scribb

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 18, 2014
19
1
UK
Could it be the angle you're doing it at? Try resting the phone on a table while plugged in, then unplug it and try again without moving the phone. If you didn't capture the edge of your prints well enough then it will only work when the center of your finger is flush with the sensor.

Tried it, phone lying on bedside table, plugged in, thumb on sensor. No response. Removed cable, didn't move phone, thumb back on - unlock!

Will try the chargers they came with.
 

Kuroz

macrumors member
Oct 4, 2013
36
2
Two phones though, and eight fingers :) Across two different people and chargers.

It's odd.

Replace it. I had a inconsistent problem with my 5s for like 4 months, I just thought it was like sweat making the problem since it worked every time i wiped it down with my t-shirt after every unlock. Got it replaced finally after the 7.1.2 or whatever software broke it completely. Could not believe how flawless it works now. Don't put up with inconsistency like I did.
 

scribb

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 18, 2014
19
1
UK
SOLUTION - Or at least EXPLANATION

So, a lot more testing later...

I tried wiping, TouchID won't even work when factory reset and charging.

Tried the charger that comes in the box. Still won't work.

I removed the Midnight Blue leather case - TouchID works.

That's the common factor with the 6 and 6 Plus, we're both using Midnight Blue cases. So something about being in a case (and maybe the material or colour - who knows, all I have is blue to test) is interfering with TouchID when charging. If I had to guess it's heat maybe?

Anyone else got a case to test it with?
 

touchdown100

macrumors member
Mar 20, 2014
30
0
Try this

Step 1

Try deleting all fingerprints from your Iphone and your wife's Iphone then try adding 4 prints to each phone. 2 from each hand to your phone and 2 from each of your wife's hands to her phone.

If that does not work then try

Step 2

backing up your phone to icloud or your computer
restoring your Iphone to factory default
setting Iphone back up
restoring Iphone from back up
adding finger prints again as per step 1

Step 3

If that does not work then try resetting your Iphone back to factory default and this time set up as new iphone, not restore from a backup then repeat step 1

if it still does not work then I suggest that you take it to the retailer you bought it from and get a repair done under the UK Sale of Goods act 1979 or a replacement as it is still under the standard 1 year guarantee.
You also have the standard 90 days of Apple support which may be of use.

Any one of those steps should work, let me know how it works out.
 

scribb

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 18, 2014
19
1
UK
Step 1

Try deleting all fingerprints from your Iphone and your wife's Iphone then try adding 4 prints to each phone. 2 from each hand to your phone and 2 from each of your wife's hands to her phone.

If that does not work then try

Step 2

backing up your phone to icloud or your computer
restoring your Iphone to factory default
setting Iphone back up
restoring Iphone from back up
adding finger prints again as per step 1

Step 3

If that does not work then try resetting your Iphone back to factory default and this time set up as new iphone, not restore from a backup then repeat step 1

if it still does not work then I suggest that you take it to the retailer you bought it from and get a repair done under the UK Sale of Goods act 1979 or a replacement as it is still under the standard 1 year guarantee.
You also have the standard 90 days of Apple support which may be of use.

Any one of those steps should work, let me know how it works out.

Yup, have done all those things over the last 24 hours (I'm a methodical person when I hit a problem).

Turns out the culprit is the official leather case. Naked phone, no problem, protected phone, no TouchID while charging.

Will try to let Apple know though, hell of a bug.
 

Max Girth

macrumors newbie
Feb 2, 2014
21
6
Yup, have done all those things over the last 24 hours (I'm a methodical person when I hit a problem).

Turns out the culprit is the official leather case. Naked phone, no problem, protected phone, no TouchID while charging.

Will try to let Apple know though, hell of a bug.

I have a 3rd party "iPad" charger and cable that I bought for entirely too much at an airport.

When charging my iPhone 5 with that charger and cable, slide to open does NOT work. Never works.

Try an Apple charger and cable. Not guaranteeing will fix, but 3rd party sometimes does very weird stuff.

[edit: oops. Just saw you fixed it]
 

scribb

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 18, 2014
19
1
UK
I have a 3rd party "iPad" charger and cable that I bought for entirely too much at an airport.

When charging my iPhone 5 with that charger and cable, slide to open does NOT work. Never works.

Try an Apple charger and cable. Not guaranteeing will fix, but 3rd party sometimes does very weird stuff.

Yup, first party charger, tried the new one it came with. In case, no TouchID, out of case, perfect.

I wonder did Apple try this in a case...
 

PixelpusherBV

macrumors member
Dec 16, 2013
81
0
Harwich, UK
How weird. I'm using the official black leather case on my iPhone 6 with no problems at all. Surely the colour isn't the problem?! Erm, you have got the case on the back, yeah?☺
 

scribb

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 18, 2014
19
1
UK
How weird. I'm using the official black leather case on my iPhone 6 with no problems at all. Surely the colour isn't the problem?! Erm, you have got the case on the back, yeah?☺

Wait, the BACK? If I put it there... I CAN SEE THE SCREEN TOO! This is SO much better :p

It's something odd with the case. Maybe even the colour.
 
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