How to remove fingerprint data on your Mac


How to delete fingerprint data on your Mac?

Touch ID is the best security feature to protect your Mac from unauthorized access. Touch ID is a default feature with the latest Mac and Mac Pro systems. In order to set Touch ID, you set your fingerprint but sometimes when you try it in access, it starts showing an error says “Fingerprint limit reached”. Even after deleting fingerprints from Touch ID settings, it shows the same error.  This happens because the fingerprints data remain save in the secure Enclave on your Mac and keep giving an error “Finger print limit reached”. Here, we will provide you some easy steps to remove fingerprint data from your Mac to get this issue fixed.

You may easily delete fingerprints from Mac’s secure Enclave by following the below given steps:

  • In order to do that first start up your Mac or restart your Mac while pressing and holding down “Command + R.”
  • Keep holding the keys until you see the “Apple logo” on your Mac screen, doing so will start your Mac in Recovery mode.
  • Now, go to Menu bar > Utilities > Terminal.




  • In terminal window, type “xartutil –erase-all” and hit “Enter.”
  • Then type “yes.”




  • In the Menu bar, click the “Apple”and click “Restart” to reboot your Mac.


By following the above given instructions, you may remove finger print data stored on your Mac and set new fingerprint without getting any error.

Now read: How to create and manage Touch ID on your Mac


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