Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?

Last Update Date : Apr 13. 2018

Screen Lock

When you set a pattern fingerprint, you can protect your personal information by preventing others from accessing your device. After a screen lock method is selected, the device requires an unlock code whenever unlocking it.

 

Fingerprint recognition uses the unique characteristics of each fingerprint to enhance the security of your device. The likelihood of the fingerprint sensor confusing two different fingerprints is very low. However, in rare cases where separate fingerprints are very similar the sensor may recognize them as identical.

Note: Screens and settings available may vary by wireless service provider and software version.

Set up a fingerprint lock screen

1 From the Home screen, touch Apps.
2 Touch Settings.
3 Touch Lock screen and security.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?

Note: It might be necessary to scroll to and touch Lock screen and security.

4 Touch Screen lock type.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
5 If you have previously set up a different type of lock, you will be required to enter your credentials. For this example, we have to enter the PIN previously registered.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
6 Touch Fingerprints.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
7 To use your fingerprints to unlock the device or verify your identity, you must set a pattern, PIN or password to protect your fingerprints. For this example, we choose to set a Pattern.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
8 Create a screen unlock pattern by connecting at least four dots in vertical, horizontal, or diagonal directions. Lift your finger from the screen when finished and touch CONTINUE. On the next screen, draw the pattern again and tap CONFIRM.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?

Important: Don’t forget your pattern, PIN or password! Write it down on a piece of paper or file it on another device.

9 Place the entire pad of your finger, from base to tip, on the Home key. Repeat the procedure until your progress reaches 100%.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
10 Select how much notification information you want to display on the lock screen, if prompted. Then, touch DONE.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
11 Press the Power button twice to access lock screen.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?

Note : You might notice that compared to our previous Galaxy devices, the weather information has been removed and the clock has been moved to the middle of the lock screen.

12 Put your finger on the Home key to unlock the device.
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?

Questions & Answers

Q: When trying to set up lock screen by Fingerprint, screen which requests a PIN, a Pattern, or a Password appears compared to previous device. I have remembered my old device was available to lock by only Fingerprint. Why is this?

 

A: To use the Fingerprint function on devices based on Android OS 6.0, you need to set up PIN, Pattern or Password must be set first. This is Google’s new concept to reinforce the device security and it’s common concept for devices based on Android OS 6.0. Accordingly, you can unlock your device with PIN, Pattern or Password which you set even if you set your lock screen as Fingerprint.

 

Q: Although I had set up lock screen by Fingerprint, my device doesn’t recognize my fingerprint correctly. How can I unlock my device?

 

A: Swipe your finger in any direction to unlock the screen. A new lock screen using PIN, Pattern or Password will be displayed. Then, input you PIN, Pattern or Password which you set before to unlock your device.

Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?
Galaxy S7: How do I set up a Lock Screen Fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy S7?

Q: Some applications require to use fingerprint for identification. Must I change my lock screen?

 

A: To use fingerprint related function, screen lock type must not be “None” or “Swipe”. So if you set lock screen as “None” or “Swipe”, please change lock screen to fingerprint, PIN, Pattern or Password.

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