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Use Fingerprint Security on Galaxy S8 & S8+

Save time when you use fingerprint recognition as an alternative to entering passwords in certain apps. You can also use your fingerprint to verify your identity when logging into your Samsung account. It's quick and secure, and that's how we like it.

• The available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version.
• Fingerprint recognition uses the unique characteristics of each fingerprint to enhance the security of your phone. In rare cases, the sensor may recognize a fingerprint that is similar to a registered fingerprint.

Register a Fingerprint

Before you start using fingerprint security, you have to register your fingerprint! Oh, and FYI: to use your fingerprint to unlock your phone, you must set a pattern, PIN, or password. You can register up to four fingerprints.

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, then search for and select Lock screen and security.

  3. Touch Fingerprint Scanner.

  4. Touch CONTINUE.

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

  6. Enter a PIN and then touch CONTINUE.

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

  8. Place a finger on the fingerprint sensor, lift it off, then repeat until the progress bar reaches 100%.

  9. To enable fingerprint, touch TURN ON.

Add Additional Fingerprints

If you let your parents occasionally use your phone, register additional fingerprints so they can unlock your phone.

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, then search for and select Lock screen and security.

  3. Touch Fingerprint Scanner.

  4. Enter your PIN and then touch NEXT.

  5. Touch Add fingerprint.

  6. Place a finger on the fingerprint sensor, lift it off, then repeat until the progress bar reaches 100%.

  7. Touch DONE.

Fingerprint Verification

Why waste time typing in passwords all day when you can just use your finger to access your accounts? You can use fingerprint verification for your Samsung account and Samsung Pass. Learn how to set it up below.

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, then search for and select Lock screen and security.

  3. Touch Fingerprint Scanner.

    The fingerprint scanner has the following options:

    • To rename a fingerprint, touch the fingerprint, enter a new name, and then touch Rename.

    • To add a fingerprint, touch Add fingerprint and follow the prompts to register a fingerprint and password. You must set a pattern, PIN, or password to protect your fingerprints.

    • To delete a fingerprint, touch and hold the fingerprint, and then touch Remove. Confirm when prompted.

    • Samsung Pass: Access your online accounts using your fingerprint.

    • Samsung account: Verify your identity using your fingerprint when logging into your Samsung account.

    • Fingerprint unlock: Touch On/Off to enable or disable fingerprint security.

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