Mullti-finger workaround allows Touch ID to accept more than five fingerprints on iPhone 5s

Call it a bug, a loophole, or an un-mentioned feature, but Touch ID on the new iPhone 5s will accept more than five fingerprints. How, you ask, when there are only five slots? The video above demonstrates the method, and we've verified that it does indeed work. Scanning five fingers instead of one will register all those fingerprints into just one slot.

If you bought your new iPhone 5s and thought to yourself "man, I wish I could register all my fingers and toes, just to be safe" then it seems like you're in luck. And there's no 'hacking' going on either, since you still have to register the prints to begin with. And I'm not sure I'll ever unlock my phone with my pinky finger, but it's there, for now, should you need it.

Since Apple specifically advertised the feature as working with five prints, it could disappear in a future update. But for now, check out the video above, and let us know if you're putting this to work on your own iPhone 5s.

Source: Note Suwanchote (YouTube)

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Mullti-finger workaround allows Touch ID to accept more than five fingerprints on iPhone 5s


But using this way affects the performance badly. Because the Finger ID will only allow you to use each finger if it was only placed the same placement during scan. While using the normal way to add fingerprints will take pictures of it from all sides making the device more accurate.

It's actually surprisingly accurate still since it requires you to scan each finger so many times. I added 6 fingers under one slot and they all work well except for one of my ring fingers. Other than that it's still deadly accurate. I'd really suggest trying this, it works really, really well.

Wouldn't it make more sense to just do like 2 fingers per slot? That way u can get all 10 fingers and salvage some accuracy...

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I can imagine Apple implementing the option of fingerprint sequences where you use four fingers for a pin code. Beats the latex workaround......