Different methods to unlock the Galaxy Tab

To keep your personal data safe, the Galaxy Tab incorporates a series of locking methods that will help you feel secure. Protect your information with any of the following screen lock types.

Please note: Screen images and security features may vary depending on the Galaxy Tab model.

Setting up a lock screenClick to Expand

The setting will be found in a slightly different place, depending on the model and operating system.

 

For newer devices, you can find the lock screen settings at “Settings” > “Lock screen and security” OR “Lock screen” > “Screen lock type”.

1 Open “Settings” and tap “Lock screen”.
Open Settings on Galaxy Tab
2 Tap “Screen lock type”.
Tap Lock Screen on Galaxy Tab
3 Select the type of screen lock you wish to implement.
Select type of lock screen on Galaxy Tab
Swipe or NoneClick to Expand

You can set your device to unlock whenever you swipe the screen or by pressing the power button (None).

 

This is the lowest level of security. Note that some app developers require a minimum level of security in order for the app to work. Banking apps, in particular, will normally require that you have a minimum level of security set on your device in order to use it.

Please note: If you have set biometric information such as a fingerprint or iris scan, and then change your method to Swipe or None, your biometric information will be wiped, and you will need to re-enter your fingerprint or iris information if you change the unlock method back.

You can set your lock method to “Swipe” or “None” by going to: “Settings” > “Lock screen and security” OR “Lock screen” > “Screen lock type”.

PatternClick to Expand

You can set your device to unlock by drawing a pattern on the screen. This will require at least four dots.

1 Create a pattern to draw on the screen to unlock your device and tap “Continue”.
Draw Pattern on Galaxy Tab
2 Repeat the pattern and tap “Confirm”.
Confirm Pattern on Galaxy Tab

Please note: Be careful when entering the pattern in public as it could be easily seen and copied.

PINClick to Expand

You can set your device to unlock with a PIN. This needs at least four digits.

1 Write a PIN with at least for 4 digits and tap “Continue”.
Type Pin on Galaxy Tab
2 Repeat the PIN and tap “OK”.
Set Pin on Galaxy Tab

Please note: Be careful when entering the PIN in public as it could be easily seen and copied.

PasswordClick to Expand

You can set a password to unlock your tablet’s screen. This will need a minimum of four letters, numbers or symbols.

1 Write a password and tap “Continue”.
Type Password on Galaxy Tab
2 Repeat the password and tap “OK”.
Confirm Password on Galaxy Tab
Face RecognitionClick to Expand

Facial recognition uses the contours of your face to recognise you. You can then unlock your device simply by looking at it. While Facial recognition is a convenient way to unlock your tablet, for certified security we recommend using the fingerprint lock. Some apps (such as banking apps) and the Secure Folder can't be accessed using Facial recognition only. You will need to use a registered fingerprint or PIN.

 

When you set up Facial Recognition as your default method, you will also need to set up a backup lock method such as a PIN, pattern or password for additional security. Ensure you set it to something memorable. You will need to enter your backup method in certain circumstances, such as if the device is restarted.

 

You can set your face scan at: “Settings” > “Biometrics and Security” > “Face recognition”.

 

When setting up face recognition for the first time, you can alternatively go to: “Settings” > “Lock screen” > “Screen lock type” > “Face”.

Please note: This security feature is available on the Galaxy Tab S4, Tab S5e and Tab S6.

1 Slide the switch to activate face recognition.
Tap Face Recognition Switch
2 Tap “Continue”.
Tap Continue to register face
3 If you have not previously set a screen lock, please create one.
Set secure alternative screen lock
4 Select whether you usually wear glasses and tap “Continue”.
Confirm if you normally wear glasses
5 Register your face by positioning your face inside the square.
Register face data to unlock tab
6 Choose further options for your face recognition by tapping the slider next to the option. When finished, tap “OK”.
Select further options for face scan
FingerprintClick to Expand

Fingerprint Recognition uses the unique characteristics of your fingerprint to unlock the device. This not only makes it highly secure, but is also a very convenient and fast way to unlock your Galaxy Tab.

 

When you set up Fingerprint Recognition as your default method, you will also need to set up a backup lock method such as a PIN, pattern or password for additional security. Ensure you set it to something memorable. You will need to enter your backup method in certain circumstances, such as if the device is restarted.

 

You can set your fingerprint (or add additional fingerprints) at: “Settings” > “Biometrics and Security” > “Fingerprint scanner” > “Add fingerprint”.

 

When setting up a fingerprint for the first time, you can alternatively go to: “Settings” > “Lock screen” or “Lock screen and security” > “Screen lock type” > “Fingerprints”.

Please note: This unlock method is available on the Galaxy Tab S3 (Home key), S5e (Power key on the right side) and Tab S6 (sensor on the bottom of the screen).

1 In “Screen lock type”, slide the switch next to “Fingerprints” to activate fingerprint recognition.
Tap switch to register fingerprint on tab
2 If you haven’t set an alternative unlock method yet (PIN, pattern or password), you need to set one first.
3 Select a secure screen lock method and then follow the instructions to set it up.
Set alternative method to unlock
4 Scan your fingerprint following the steps on the screen and tap “Continue”.
Scan your fingerprint on Galaxy tab
5 You can select if you would like to add another fingerprint. In this example, tap “Done”.
Register another fingerprint or tap Done

Please note: Your fingerprint may not be recognised in certain circumstances, such as if your fingers are dirty or you have spent a long time swimming or washing dishes and the skin is water-logged.

To remove a registered Fingerprint go to “Settings” > “Biometrics and security” > “Fingerprints”.

 

 

Enter the alternative unlock method registered. Then select the fingerprint you want to delete by tapping and holding it for 2-3 seconds and tap “Remove”.

Iris ScanClick to Expand

On the Galaxy Tab S4, you can also register your iris to unlock your tablet’s screen.

 

The shape and pattern of your iris is unique. When you use the special features of your eyes to lock your device, you get high security for your Galaxy tablet.

 

Your iris data can also be used for various other authentication purposes, such as Samsung Pass (Samsung account verification and web sign-in) and the Secure Folder.

 

The iris scan sensors are located on the front of the top of your tablet. Hold your face in the marker displayed and follow the instructions to unlock your tablet with your iris data.

 

When you set up Iris Scan as your default method, you will also need to set up a backup lock method such as a PIN, pattern or password for additional security. Ensure you set it to something memorable. You will need to enter your backup method in certain circumstances, such as if the device is restarted.

Please note: When using the iris scanner, keep the device around 20-35 centimetres from your face. The iris scanner may not work effectively if you have a screen protector on your device, you are wearing glasses or have had recent eye surgery.

You can set up the Intelligent Scan at: “Settings” > “Biometrics and Security” > “Irises”.

 

When setting up the Intelligent Scan for the first time, you can alternatively go to: “Settings” > “Lock screen” > “Screen lock type” > “Iris”.

1 Open “Settings”, “Biometry and security” and select “Irises”.
Select Irises in Biometry and security
2 Read the information on the screen and tap “Continue”.
Read information about iris scan
3 If you haven’t set an alternative unlock method yet (PIN, pattern or password), you need to set one first.
4 Select a secure screen lock method and then follow the instructions to set it up.
Set an alternative unlock method
5 Select if you want to register just 1 iris and then tap “Continue”.
Select to register one or two irises
6 Register your irises following the instructions on the screen.
Register iris to unlock Galaxy tab
7 Your irises have been registered successfully. On the next screen, you can choose to unlock your tablet with the iris scan or not or remove your iris data.
Select further options for iris scan

If you want to remove a registered Iris go to “Settings” > “Biometrics and security” > “Irises”.

 

Enter the alternative unlock method registered. Then tap “Remove iris data” and confirm by tapping “Remove”. 

Intelligent ScanClick to Expand

On the Galaxy Tab S4, you can also set your device to unlock using the Intelligent Scan.

 

The Intelligent Scan uses both your face and iris to unlock the screen of your tablet, increasing security and ease of use. With this feature, you can easily unlock the screen even when the environment is very dark or too bright.

 

When you set up Intelligent Scan as your default method, you will also need to set up a backup lock method such as a PIN, pattern or password for additional security. Ensure you set it to something memorable. You will need to enter your backup method in certain circumstances, such as if the device is restarted.

Please note: When using the Intelligent Scan, keep the device around 20-35 centimetres from your face. The Intelligent Scan may not work effectively if you have a screen protector on your device, you are wearing glasses or have had recent eye surgery.

You can set up the Intelligent Scan at: “Settings” > “Biometrics and Security” > “Intelligent Scan”.

 

When setting up the Intelligent Scan for the first time, you can alternatively go to: “Settings” > “Lock screen” > “Screen lock type” > “Intelligent Scan”.

1 Open “Settings”, “Biometrics and security” and select “Intelligent Scan”.
Select Intelligent Scan to unlock Galaxy tab
2 Read the information on the screen and tap “Continue”.
Read information about Intelligent scan
3 If you haven’t set an alternative unlock method yet (PIN, pattern or password), you need to set one first.
4 Select a secure screen lock method and then follow the instructions to set it up.
Set an alternative unlock method on Galaxy Tab
5 Select if you normally wear glasses and if you want to register just 1 iris and then tap “Continue”.
Select to register one or two irises and tap continue
6 Register first your face and then your irises following the instructions on the screen.
Register face and iris to unlock Galaxy tab
7 Read the instructions about using the Intelligent Scan in landscape mode and tap “OK”.
Read info about unlock in landscape mode and tap OK
8 On the next screen, you can choose to unlock your tablet with the Intelligent Scan or not or remove your face and iris data.
Select further options for Intelligent Scan

If you want to remove registered face and iris data go to “Settings” > “Biometrics and security” > “Intelligent Scan”.

 

Enter the alternative unlock method registered. Then tap “Remove face and iris data” and confirm by tapping “Remove”.

Backup unlock methodClick to Expand

In OS Android Pie, if you set a PIN, pattern or password as the unlocking method, you have the chance to let Samsung securely store your unlocking method for your tablet in Find My Mobile.

 

This allows you to unlock your tablet in case you forget your unlock method. It also allows you to control a lost tablet remotely, even when it’s locked.

 

Tab “Continue” after setting up a PIN, pattern or password.

Continue to back up your unlock method

If you aren’t logged into your Samsung account, set up or login to your Samsung account to save your unlock data securely.

Sign in to your Samsung account on Galaxy tab

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