How to disable Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases

How to disable Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases

Touch ID is a super convenient way to unlock your iPhone 5s while keeping it secure at the same time. You can also use it to make App Store and iTunes purchases by default. However, if you've registered other family member's prints and you don't want them to be able to buy things on your account, or if you're just not comfortable with Touch ID purchases, you turn off iTunes purchases and not have to worry about it.

How to turn off Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases on the iPhone 5s

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Touch ID & Passcode.
  3. Type in your passcode when prompted.
  4. Under the Use Touch ID For section, turn Off the option for iTunes and App Store.

You're done! Now both iTunes and the App Store will ask you to enter your password the regular way again.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to disable Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases


Wouldn't it be easier to remove the fingerprint recordings from the other members and just keep yours?

what if you want them to be able to use your phone? (but really. don't let them. that's your phone, not theirs.)

Since iOS 7.1 came I can now now use my Touch ID without any problems I really wish EVERY app I have that I've set up passwords for was Touch ID compatible because it really is effortless. I can't see any reason to turn it off & it would be the main reason I will upgrade my mini with retina if it makes it's way to the iPads this year.

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For me personally Touch ID still doesn't work good enough to use it day today. I have tried different fingers and re-registering it but I would say it only works about 60% of the time. I just use a good old fashion number lock.

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TouchID works perfectly on my phone for logging into the device, but it won't work at all for iTunes purchases even though I have the capability switched on in Settings. The phone asks me for my password every time I buy an app or song or whatever, putting my thumb on the sensor does nothing. Don't know what I'm doing wrong.