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PayPal’s official iPhone app in the App Store has at last received support for Touch ID authentication, nearly two years following Apple’s debut of fingerprint scanning with the iPhone 5s’s fall 2013 introduction.

As a daily PayPal user, it was annoying that the mobile app would ask me to provide my PayPal password on each run. Now that Touch ID has come to the rescue, this option, once enabled in settings, lets me authorize app access easily and securely with my fingerprint.

This is what Touch ID was created for, to protect sensitive personal information like online banking, PayPal transactions and so forth. I wish PayPal supported Touch ID much sooner but it’s better late than never, I guess.

To enable Touch ID, first log in to the PayPal app on your iPhone with your username and password. Then navigate to in-app settings and enable Touch ID under the Login section.

Like before, you can optionally flip the Remember Me switch on to have PayPal show your photo and name and provide access to login options on each run. I suggest enabling Touch ID and disabling Remember Me, for security purposes.

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In addition to Touch ID support, this edition of PayPal’s iPhone app has fixed a few known bugs, too.

The 44.5-megabyte download supports an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 7.1 or later. Sadly, iPads and native iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus resolutions are yet to be supported natively.

PayPal is available at no cost in the App Store.

  • hkgsulphate

    what took them so long -_-

  • Cristian B

    So it should take them another two years to add iPhone 6/6+ screen support lol

    • I know but now that they’re an independent company, I expect updates to roll out much faster than before

      • Cristian B

        One can only hope

    • Effective June 1, all app updates should include 6/6+ support. So unless they don’t update in two years, PayPal will support 6/6+ soon.

      • Cristian B

        Actually Apple is only requiring 64-bit support to all future updates effective June 1st. Does not mean all updates have to have iPhone 6/6+ screen support. It’s likely they’ll do the same thing in a year or two for screen support.

      • Yeah, only 64-bit and iOS 8 SDK requirements. Sorry, I confused those two.

        May 1, 2013 was the date Apple require all app updates to support iPhone 5 (which was released in September 2012), so I just assumed that the new requirements are the same.

        Perhaps Apple thinks that reengineering apps for iPhone 6/6+ is harder considering iPhone 6+ is treated as iPad in landscape.

      • Cristian B

        Most likely because the iPhone 5 was only a .5 more inch display. Now apps have to increase 4 inches to 5.5 inches. So I doubt Apple will require iP6 screen support for a while. Maybe next year.

      • On the other hand, before iPhone 5, a lot of interfaces were hard coded as absolute positions, mere 0.5 inches would break all the assumptions. Now, if the developers really learnt the lesson and started to use auto layout, moving to bigger display is a piece of cake.

        Even if they are still hard coding positions (for example games), moving to 6/6+ which has the same aspect ratio is relatively easy, just zoom and regenerate textures.

        I believe that Apple has other good reasons to require 64-bit first. Now, if we install 32-bit apps on 64-bit devices, the system has to load all 32-bit system frameworks to support them. That is unacceptable for devices with 1G memory. Were iOS 9/10 to completely remove 32-bit support, we would have a faster device and more free space.

      • Cristian B

        I doubt they’ll drop 32-bit in iOS 9 seeing how Apple is gonna try to update a stable version of iOS 9 to older devices (I think even some of the old MacBooks too?). Though I can see it in the future. And I do hope it is easy to fix apps for the larger screen iPhones. Maybe Apple won’t wait forever to require it lol

  • Jerry

    Why do I feel their venom crew are more on top of things

  • touchidbad

    I warn you that Touch ID (beyond the initial Apple Lockscreen) uses the LocalAuthentication API which is extremely vulnerable to tampering. DO NOT USE THIS FEATURE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

    • Cristian B


    • Victor

      Uhmm… no. I want proof. Sources please.

  • AZ

    I got the update but I don’t have the TouchID option there. What gives?

    • Admin001

      Are you on Iphone 5S, 6 or 6Plus?

      • AZ


  • Josh Adams

    This is great but these guys are clowns: still no iPad version of the PayPal app (are you kidding me?!?) and they still can’t figure out how to allow the connection of a PayPal account to an eBay account on mobile when the PayPal account has 2-factor authentication enabled (which all PayPal accounts should have enabled) and the account has more than one token generator on it (this issue has been going on for well over a year). As a result, it’s impossible to utilize PayPal with eBay mobile (and not that as of this time these are part of the same company!).

  • Megan Lane

    I reset my settings on my phone, and now this option isn’t showing up

  • Stefano Polo

    Unfortunately unlike other apps that support Touch ID with accounts that have two-step authentication, Paypal still requires the text message of the secondary password even if you use Touch ID. This basically renders the use of Touch ID to making it pointless and very annoying. The use of a fingerprint is more secure than two-step authentication. This should by-pass the need for two-step verification on my iPhone when using Touch ID….