DroidID, How to Unlock Your Mac with a Fingerprint Scanner Device Android

With the application you can use the MacID fingerprint scanners to iPhone or iPad to unlock a Mac. Instead of entering your password every time, just pass your finger over the Touch ID.An app quite convenient that, unfortunately, does not have a counterpart for Android devices.Or rather, not had, thanks to DroidID.

This is a service consisting of two apps: a “client” for all Android devices by Lollipop onwards (naturally with fingerprint scanner!), and a “server” to install on their Mac-provided he is the latest version of OSX, El Capitan, available from a couple of days as a free update.

Installation

The Setup and configuration process is extremely simple: you download the ZIP archive for OSX from official site of DroidID (DIRECT LINK), then unzip and you copy/move the file app in the applications folder on your Mac, then you start the app from LaunchPad or directly from your applications folder.

Meanwhile, you install the Android app from the Play Store (LINK) and start. Simply copy the code six digits displayed on the Android client, on the server for Mac, in addition to the password of our account on your computer. At this point, just confirm the fingerprint on the Android app; within seconds, the two devices will be linked together and the service is ready to operate. On the Mac the app will “listening” on the status bar.

How do I use and ancillary functions

Now, whenever the system will ask you for your password, simply open DroidID on Android devices and then scans the fingerprint digital. The Mac will be unlocked instantly.

We have very little secondary options: we can unplug our Mac, set a new password and little else. Android side, however, we can decide to enable a persistent notification (off by default) to reach the application faster.

Limitations

To work, DroidID must be started manually on your Mac. You can add it to the list of apps to start automatically, but even so, by starting the computer off or rebooting you will need to enter your password with the traditional method. Of course, the two devices must be connected to the network, but it doesn’t have to be the same.

Stability

This is a very young service, launched by just a few days, so predictably operation is not exactly flawless. It happens every so often having to re-launch the app for Android, especially if you haven’t used recently, but in general it works more than egregious.

In short, the idea is really pretty, useful and consumes very little system resources. Will be even more interesting when it is also compatible with Windows computers, feature that, says the developer, will come “very soon”.