How to set up the fingerprint scanner on a Samsung device


Most hardware manufacturers are apparently still not sold on the value of fingerprint scanners being included with mobile devices. Only Samsung and Apple have consistently pushed flagship phones and tablets with the technology that enhances security. Samsung started including a fingerprint scanner in 2014 with the Galaxy S5 while Apple has been doing so since the release of the iPhone 5S in 2013. Both companies are seeing users enjoy the component because of the various ways a fingerprint scanner can be used. Want to bypass the lock screen by placing your finger on the home button? Go right ahead. Don’t care for remembering login creditals for every site you visit? Then store them with your fingerprint. Fingerprint scanning is only the beginning of how biometrics is changing the world.

In 2015 alone, Samsung has released five devices that offer a fingerprint scanner — the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Tab S2. Setting up the fingerprint scanner on each of them is the same. So here we are going to show you how to start using your fingerprint as a way to beef up security and get things done quicker.

Hit the break for directions.

  1. Head to the Settings menu.
  2. Slide over to the Personal tab.
  3. Select Lock screen and security.
  4. Under the “Security” category, choose Fingerprints.
  5. Adding and/or removing fingerprints and adjusting settings is done from this menu. To get started, select Add fingerprint.
  6. Now you’ll need to place your finger on the home button of the device and remove it. This is done multiple times so that Samsung can get an understanding of your fingerprint from multiple angles.

Samsung devices allow you to use the fingerprint scanner as a quick web-sign in tool and also to verify your Samsung Account. Instead of constantly logging in to different sites, the device will prompt you to scan place your finger on the home button. Do that and your login credentials will be inputted automatically. The same thing goes for making purchases with a Samsung Account. Then, when Samsung Pay launches in a few weeks, you’ll be able to authorize mobile payments with the fingerprint scanner. Handy, right?

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