Why doesn’t Touch ID work when I’m on the treadmill

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Whytouchiddoesntwork, May 3, 2019.

  1. Whytouchiddoesntwork macrumors newbie

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    this really bothers me, I need to know why this is happening. Every time I’m on the treadmill Touch ID does not work when I have it lying down on the treadmill in front of me. It will only take the pass code or I have to stop the treadmill for it to work. I just want to know why, I looked this up and haven’t read about anyone else having this problem
     
  2. haruhiko macrumors 601

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  3. Mansu944 macrumors 6502

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    Funny you mention this. My iPad screen acts wonky to touches when I’m on the treadmill. Related?
     
  4. sinoka56 macrumors regular

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  5. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    Maybe there is a physiological reaction to activity in your hands and fingers that the Touch ID is sensitive enough to notice.

    This might sound silly, but try adding a fingerprint while running.

    Let us know if it works.
     
  6. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

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    My guess is static electricity buildup while on the treadmill .
     
  7. Seanm87 macrumors 6502

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    You are moving around too much for it to register or your fingers are sweaty
     
  8. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816

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    Sweat on your fingers probably.
     
  9. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Treadmill motors can be a huge source of electromagnetic interference if not properly shielded - just listen to their effect on nearby AM radios.
     
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  11. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

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    I'm rather surprised how many votes for sweat there are . . yee of little faith. I would think OP would have thought about wiping their finger after a failed attempt or two.
     
  12. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Easy test for sweat or treadmill interference - if it isn't working when using the treadmill, turn the treadmill off and try without cleaning/wiping your hand. If it still doesn't work, wipe off your hands and try again.
     
  13. seadragon Contributor

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    You made your forum user name the subject of your only post? o_O
     
  14. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816

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    Probably joined just to ask one thing.
     
  15. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

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    OP did not mention this, but, if treadmill has a USB charging port, like noisy motor, might have a noisy USB connection. And possibly compounded by cheap cable.

    Had something similar at a job site: Anker charger with Amazon Basics MFi cable, would get same issue, but only at this job. Same setup anywhere else, worked fine. This was on a 6, which seemed to be extra susceptible to this (a number of threads back in the day on Apple's site).
     
  16. Expobill Suspended

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    insert neslon rileys image of SWEAT on a match game tv show card here.
     
  17. Mansu944 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, thanks for sticking up for us. it’s not sweat. My guess is some sort of static or noise caused by the treadmill.
     

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