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Use Iris Security on Galaxy S8 Active

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.

The available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version.

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 phone, for best results keep your eyes between 25‑35 cm (~10‑14 inches) away for optimum recognition.

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.

Enable Iris Security

You can register your iris to unlock your phone or to verify your identity in apps such as Samsung Pay.

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, and then search for and select Iris Scanner.

  3. Touch CONTINUE.

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

  5. Enter a PIN and then touch OK.

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

  7. Touch CONTINUE.

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

  9. Touch SKIP.

  10. To use Iris Security, touch TURN ON.

Iris Verification

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

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, and then search for and select Iris Scanner.

  3. Enter your lock screen credentials.

  4. The following setting 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 phone.

    • Iris Unlock When Screen Turns On: Use your irises to unlock your phone as soon as the screen is turned on, without having to swipe first.

Screen Mask

If you get tired of looking at the two circles when using the Iris Scanner, use Screen Masks to add your own style to the scanner.

  1. Navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Touch Search, and then search for and select Iris Scanner.

  3. Enter your locks screen credentials.

  4. Touch Preview screen mask.

  5. Touch the desired screen mask.

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