Galaxy S8: How do I set up my Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950W) to use Iris Security?

Last Update Date : Apr 09. 2018

Iris recognition


Use iris recognition as an alternative to entering passwords in certain apps. You can also use your eyes to verify your identity when logging into your Samsung account.

Important: DO NOT stare directly into the infrared iris recognition LED as prolonged use can cause eye strain. Do not stare at the iris recognition LED light when your eyes are less than 20 cm (~8 inches) away from the device, for best results keep your eyes between 25-35 cm (~10-14 inches) away for optimum recognition.

Note: Screens and settings available may vary depending on your Canadian wireless service provider and your software version.

Using the iris scanner


 • For better results, take off your glasses or contacts.

 • Keep your eyes open when you look at the screen.

 • Avoid direct sunlight; it can affect the iris scanner.

 • Make sure to keep the camera lens, LED sensor, and proximity sensor clean.

Enabling iris security


1. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.

2. Touch Settings.

3. Touch Lock screen and security.

4. Touch Iris Scanner.

5. Touch CONTINUE.

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6. You will need to set up a lock screen before continuing. For this example, touch PIN.

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7. Enter a PIN and then touch OK.

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8. Re-enter the PIN and then touch OK.

9. Touch CONTINUE.

10. Hold the device 10-14 inches away from your face and position your eyes inside the two circles.

11. Touch SKIP.

12. To use Iris Security, touch TURN ON.

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Iris verification


You can set the Iris Scanner as the primary method for verification.

1. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.

2. Touch Settings.

3. Touch Lock screen and security.

4. Touch Iris Scanner.

5. Enter your lock screen credentials.

6. The following settings are available:

   • Samsung Pass: Use your irises to verify your identity using Internet and other supported apps.

   • Samsung account: Use your irises to verify your identity when making purchases with your Samsung account.

   • Iris Unlock: Use your irises to unlock your device.

   • Use iris unlock without swiping: Use your irises to unlock your device as soon as the screen is turned on, without having to swipe first.

Screen Mask


You can set the Iris Scanner as the primary method for verification.

1. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.

2. Touch Settings.

3. Touch Lock screen and security.

4. Touch Iris Scanner.

5. Enter your lock screen credentials.

6. Touch Preview screen mask.

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