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Set up and use the fingerprint sensor on your Galaxy phone

An image of a blue fingerprint

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. However, depending on which type of phone you have, using the fingerprint scanner may be a little different.

Note: The following instructions apply to phones with the Android 9.0 or higher. Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model.

Find the fingerprint scanner's location

Depending on which Galaxy phone you have, the fingerprint scanner may be in a different location. Make sure you know the location before you start registering your prints.

Note: The A10e does not have a fingerprint scanner.

Phones with an in-display fingerprint reader:

  • S10, S10+, and S10 5G (Ultrasonic sensor)

  • Note10, Note10+, and Note10+ 5G (Ultrasonic sensor)

  • A50 (Optical scanner instead of Ultrasonic)

  • S20 5G, S20+ 5G, and S20 Ultra 5G (Ultrasonic sensor)

Phones with a fingerprint scanner on the Home key:

  • S6 and S6 edge

  • S7 and S7 edge

Phones with a fingerprint reader on the back:

  • A20

  • S8, S8+, S9, and S9+

  • Note8 and Note9

Other locations for the fingerprint scanner:

  • The Fold's scanner is located below the Power key.

  • S10e has the scanner on the Power key.

  • The Galaxy Z Flip's scanner is located on the Side key.

Set up and use fingerprint security

It's time to set up fingerprint security and register your prints. The steps will be almost exactly the same, no matter what phone you have. The only difference will be where the fingerprint sensor is located on your phone.

From Settings, tap Biometrics and security, and then tap Fingerprints. Tap Continue, and then, if needed, set a screen lock. Follow the on-screen prompts to register your fingerprint. When you're finished, tap Done.

Next, make sure that the switch next to Fingerprint unlock is turned on. To unlock your phone, tap the screen or press the Power button. Then, place the registered finger on the fingerprint scanner, wherever it's located. The phone will automatically unlock if it recognizes your fingerprint.

Scan your fingerprint displayed on phone

Note: The Galaxy S10 series, Note10 series, and Fold come with a pre-installed plastic screen protector. Installing another screen protector may affect fingerprint recognition.

Add additional fingerprints

If your family or friends occasionally use your phone, register additional fingerprints so they can unlock it too. You can add up to 4 different fingerprints.

From Settings, tap Biometrics and security, and then tap Fingerprints. Enter your secure screen lock credentials. Tap Add fingerprint. Follow the on-screen prompts, and then tap Done.

Fingerprint settings page

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, tap Biometrics and security, and then tap Fingerprints. Next, 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 all registered fingerprints will turn off the Fingerprint unlock feature by default.

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