Have you ever wanted to be the only one to be able to activate Siri on your lockscreen, because your darn friends keep stealing your phone to post status updates on social networking sites using Siri? Well, there is now a way to do this with Touch ID in Apple’s latest flagship device, the iPhone 5s. Read on to find out more…
I shall jump right in. Firstly, disable Siri at the lockscreen via Settings > General > Passcode and Fingerprint, where you turn off Siri under “Allow access when locked”. Do ensure that Siri is enabled everywhere else in your device. Next, you should have whatever fingers you would typically use to bring up Siri, authenticated, so that you can unlock your phone by using the TouchID. Now, whenever you want to use Siri, just do what you normally do in the lockscreen to bring up Siri (press and hold the home button), just with an authenticated finger.
Reportedly, this does not unlock the device, as long as you hold down the home button before you wake up the display. If the display is already on, TouchID kicks in first and you would, basically, have just unlocked your phone then used Siri straight after, which is not a very big issue, as you can simply lock the phone right after. However, even then, only one person (or more, depending on how many people you have authenticated in TouchID) can access Siri, and you would not have your privacy compromised. In more ways than one, Apple has heightened security everywhere for iOS, and I envision a future where we can authenticate payments with TouchID, and passwords would be a remnant of today, and hold no place tomorrow.
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