Touch ID is a feature on certain iPad models that enables fingerprint recognition for secure authentication. You can register multiple fingerprints on the iPad, so more than one person can unlock it. This feature can also be disabled by choice.

Touch ID is either located on the device’s home button or on the iPad’s power button.

In this article, I want to list down all the iPads with Touch ID(home button and power button). Explain how it works and how to set it up, and provide a troubleshooting guide.

iPads with Touch IDs

List of all iPads in chronological order that have touch IDs:

iPad Model:Release DateTouch ID? 
iPad Mini 3October, 2014Yes
iPad Air 2 November, 2014Yes
iPad Mini 4September, 2015Yes
iPad Pro 9.7March, 2016Yes
iPad (5th Generation)March, 2017Yes
iPad Pro 10.5 & 12.9June, 2017Yes
iPad (6th Generation) March, 2018Yes
iPad Mini (5th Generation)March, 2019Yes
iPad Air (3rd generation)March, 2019Yes
iPad (7th Generation)September, 2019Yes
iPad (8th Generation)September, 2020Yes
iPad Air (4th generation)November, 2020Yes
iPad Mini (6th Generation)September, 2021Yes
iPad (9th Generation)September, 2021Yes
iPad Air (5th generation)March, 2022Yes
iPad (10th Generation)October, 2022Yes

Which iPads Have Touch ID on the Power Button?

Apple started to remove the home button from iPads, and with that, they had to relocate the Touch ID as well and they put it on the power button.

These are the iPad models that have Touch ID on power buttons:

iPad Model:Release Date:Touch ID on power button:
iPad Air (4th generation)November, 2020Yes
iPad Mini (6th Generation)September, 2021Yes
iPad Air (5th generation)March, 2022Yes
iPad (10th Generation)October, 2022Yes

iPad Air 4th gen was the first iPad ever that had Touch ID featured on the power button. It was released in November 2020. It was also the first iPad Air without a home button.

How Does Touch ID Work?

When you set up the Touch ID, your device captures your fingerprint’s unique details and turns them into a secure digital version called a fingerprint template.

This template is stored on your device and is used to check if the fingerprint presented at any time matches the stored one. It’s a quick and more secure way to access your device without entering a passcode.

Is It Secure?

Touch ID is secure, and you shouldn’t be worried about people being able to log in to your iPad. However, this method of biometric authentication is still subject to targeted attacks. For instance, someone can extract your fingerprint from another surface and use it to unlock your iPad.

This of course, is highly unlikely, but we do leave fingerprints on everything we touch.

How To Set Up Touch ID On iPad

Here’s how you can set up Touch ID on your iPad. 

  • Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPad
how to setup touch id on ipads
  • Tap on ‘Touch ID & Passcode’
  • After doing so, enter your Passcode
step by step how to setup touch id & passcode on ipad
  • Now, tap on ‘Add Fingerprint’
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to add Touch ID

Note: Your setup process may vary depending on what version of iPadOS / iOS you are on. 

Touch ID on iPad Is Not Working

The touch ID feature relies on Software and Hardware to work. If it’s not working, there could be several reasons for it.

Things to try if your Touch ID is not working:

  • Make sure your touch ID sensor is dry & clean
  • Update your iPad to the latest software
  • Re-scan your finger
  • Restart iPad

If this doesn’t solve your problems, I recommend visiting Apple’s local technical support.


Which Is The Latest iPad With Touch ID?

Latest iPad with Tuch ID authentication is Apple iPad 10. Released in Octboer, 2022.

What Was the First iPad With Touch ID?

The iPad Air 2, released on November, 2014, is the first iPad to feature Touch ID.

Does iPad Pro have a touch ID?

iPad Pro 10.5″ and 12.9″, released in November 2017 have touch ID. Latest iPad Pro models don’t have touch ID feature, they have a Face ID instead.

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