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Unlock the Galaxy tablet with your face or fingerprints

Galaxy Tab S5e biometric security

Imagine a password so secure that no one but you can bypass it. It's a reality, because your Galaxy tablet uses you as its password, or more specifically, your face or fingerprints. When you use your biometrics to unlock your tablet, you'll never have to worry about security. 

Face recognition

Note: To use face recognition, you need to set a PIN, pattern or password first.

Your face is unique to you, even if you are a twin! This makes your face one of the best security features in your arsenal.

From Settings, tap Biometrics and security, and then tap Continue. Tap Face recognition, and then follow the on-screen prompts to set up your face. 

Once your face is registered, review the security options and settings:

Face recognition in Biometrics and security
  • Face unlock: Unlocks your tablet when your face is recognized.

  • Stay on Lock screen: When you unlock with face recognition, stay on the Lock screen until you swipe.

  • Faster recognition: Faster recognition improves speed but reduces security, increasing the possibility of a video or image being incorrectly recognized as your face. 

  • Brighten screen: Increase screen brightness temporarily so your face can be recognized in the dark.

  • Samsung Pass: Use face recognition to verify your identity with Internet and other supported apps. 


While your face is a great form of security, your fingerprints are also just as unique and secure. Once you register your fingerprints, you can enter your tablet with a simple tap.

Note: To unlock with your fingerprints, you need to set a PIN, pattern, or password first.

From Settings, tap Biometrics and security. Tap Fingerprints, enter the lock screen credentials, and then tap Continue. Next, tap Add fingerprint, follow the on-screen prompts, and then tap Done.

To rename the fingerprints, tap the desired fingerprint, enter the desired name, and then tap Save. Or, to remove a fingerprint, tap the desired fingerprint, and then tap Remove.

Once your fingerprint is registered, review the available features:

Fingerprints security options
  • Fingerprint unlock: Turn on or off fingerprint unlock.

  • Fingerprint always on: Wake and unlock your tablet just by tapping the Power key.

  • Samsung Pass: Use your fingerprints to verify your identity with Internet and other supported apps.

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