Set up and use the Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on your Galaxy phone

Man using phone

No one in the world is quite like you, and no two fingerprints are exactly the same. That’s why fingerprint security on Galaxy phones are safe and secure. The Galaxy S10 series, A50, and Note10 series have improved recognition to unlock your phone even faster than before. However, depending on which type of phone you have, the fingerprint scanner may be a little different.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model. You need to have a lock screen set up to add your fingerprint.

Set up and use fingerprint security on Galaxy S10e and Galaxy Fold

Note: Adding a fingerprint will turn on the Fingerprint unlock feature by default.

If you have a Galaxy S10e or Galaxy Fold, the fingerprint sensor isn’t located on the back or front of the phone. On the S10e, it’s actually located on the Power key itself, making it easier than ever to quickly unlock your phone. Follow these steps to add a fingerprint and start using the fingerprint sensor.

From Settings, search for and select Fingerprints. Tap Fingerprints, and enter your security credentials. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to add your fingerprint. When you’re finished, you can tap Add to add another one, or tap Done.

Now you will be able to unlock your phone with just your finger. On the S10e, simply tap the Power key with the finger you used for set up, and your phone will automatically unlock. And on Galaxy Fold, you can either tap the Bixby key to unlock, or press Power and then tap the Bixby key.

Scan your fingerprint displayed on phone

Note: Pressing and holding the Bixby key will unlock the phone and launch Bixby.

Set up and use fingerprint security on Galaxy S10, A50, and Note10 series

Note: Adding a fingerprint will turn on the Fingerprint unlock feature by default.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S10 series, A50, Note10, Note10+, and Note10+ 5G don’t have a physical button like other phones. The fingerprint scanner is actually inside the phone’s screen, where the Home key is located. Cool, right? Here’s how to set it up:

From Settings, search for and select Fingerprints. Tap Fingerprints and enter your security credentials. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to add your fingerprint. When you’re finished, you can tap Add to add another one, or tap Done.

To unlock your phone, tap the screen or press the Power key. Then, place your finger you used during setup on the fingerprint icon. The phone will automatically unlock if it recognizes your fingerprint.

Fingerprint settings screen on phone

Note: The Galaxy S10 and Note10 series will come with a preinstalled plastic screen protector. Installing another screen protector may affect fingerprint recognition and screen response.

Remove a fingerprint from your phone

Although their fingerprint sensors are in different places, removing a fingerprint is exactly the same on all phones with the Pie update.

From Settings, search for and select Fingerprints. Tap Fingerprints and enter your security credentials. Tap the fingerprint you want to delete (i.e. Fingerprint 1), and then tap Remove. Next, tap Remove again to confirm.

Rename or remove a fingerprint

Note: Removing a fingerprint will turn off the Fingerprint unlock feature by default.

Turn on Faster recognition on Note10

Want to make unlocking your phone even speedier? If you turn on Faster recognition on your Note10, it will recognize your fingerprint and unlock the screen more quickly.

This feature should be enabled by default, but make sure it’s on just in case. After a fingerprint has been added, navigate to Settings, and then tap Biometrics and security. Tap Fingerprints, and then enter your lock screen credentials. At the bottom of the screen, tap the switch next to Faster recognition to turn the feature on or off.

A list of fingerprint settings with Faster recognition

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