Add Touch ID Authentication To An Ionic 2 Mobile App

By - Nic Raboy

So you want to take advantage of your iOS devices touch id functionality?  I don’t blame you because I find my iPad Air 2’s fingerprint reader incredibly useful.  Previously I wrote about using touch id for authentication with Ionic Framework 1, but with Ionic 2 being all the rage now, I figured we were due for an update.

We’re going to see how to authenticate our Ionic 2 application using the iOS touch id features and Angular 2.

Going forward I want to be clear that this will only work with iOS as of now.  Android devices with fingerprint readers are slowly making an appearance, but the Apache Cordova plugins haven’t caught up yet.  I also want to be clear that not all iOS devices and versions support touch id features.  Have a secondary solution when adding this feature into your app.

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