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How to: Setup the Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint scanner, yep, it does. It’s not as slick as Apple’s on the iPhone 5s, but it’s there in case you want to give it a spin. You can use it to authenticate in your Samsung account, potentially pay for things with Paypal, and even set it up to be used for unlocking your phone. In my brief time with it, I’ve found that it works for the most part, but is indeed a bit particular in where it wants you to swipe, much like other fingerprint scanners that require a swipe.

The Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner allows you to setup up to three different fingers, back it up with a password, and like I mentioned, use it with a Samsung account, Paypal payments, and as your lock screen security layer. In the brief tutorial below, you’ll see exactly what it takes to set it up properly, where you need to swipe to get it to work each time, and then ultimately decide if it’s just another gimmick or something useful.

At this time, it certainly seems pretty limited.

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  • William Oh

    Glad Samsung implemented finger print sensor. Only thing missing is the ability to unlock the phone with the sensor without having to wake it up. regardless, i hope it has high level of security and accuracy

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  • mcdonsco

    I very briefly owned an iPhone 5s (moment of crazy I guess) and I must admit I was REALLY smitten with the fingerprint scanner on it…it JUST WORKED without fail every time to unlock the phone and it was FAST (faster than android swipe to unlock with no pin; really no bs…it was faster).

    If it works like this on the s5 I’ll use it…otherwise not so much.

    That really was one of the only things I liked about the iPhone 5s; as much as I hate to credit Apple they did a FANTASTIC job with it.

    Here’s to hoping Samsung at least came close.

    • BSweetness

      Agreed. Credit where credit is due. I have a 5S for work, and Touch ID is my favorite thing about it (along with the low light capabilities of the camera). It’s incredibly fast and works immediately almost every time.

      Having to swipe on the S5 will take some getting used to, and it won’t be any faster than unlocking a pin-free phone with a swipe across the screen (which I agreeTouch ID is faster than), but I’m still looking forward to having the option.

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    I’m digging this phone a lot so far but the fingerprint scanner works pretty terribly for me. Way too finicky

    • Leslie

      I can swipe mine open with every finger and even the back of my hand. Love the phone but will go back to old school password.

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  • icyrock1

    I hope this feature gets scrutinized (so that we know just how secure it is, for example, if I had a replacement button, could I replace the home button and have it still work?). All mayor security features need to be scrutinized to make sure there actually secure (especially now adays).

  • moew

    Kellen’s fingerprints in the cloud!

  • BSweetness

    A tip for those who might want to be able to unlock the phone with one hand by using the finger print scanner – just go through the steps with it in one hand using your thumb at the angle you’ll normally have it at. It will work just fine.

  • Derek Duncan

    I have the S5 now, I like that you can swipe sideways as long as you set it up that way. Allows for one handed swiping

    • Justin Larmay

      This is what I was going to comment about. Why is it that in every video nobody has showed trying to swipe with the thumb that’s holding the device. Does it not work very well or what’s the deal?

      • Derek Duncan

        It seems to work fine to me. The swiping as a whole is well done. I do get some fails. It’s not perfect. But you can swipe with your thumb while holding it one handed so that’s good for me.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Would be pretty cool if the different finger prints would open different profiles….hmmmm

    • Dave

      Like your kids could use it but only run certain apps or apply safe search mode, etc. That would be nice.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    For the record… I think we need to call in TIM to check the “Jank” level of the new TouchWiz. He has the feel for it.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      I bought a Note 10.1 2014 and I just want to cry. Quad core (technically octacore but only 4 active at a time) and they managed to butcher everything speed wise with TW. I think Samsung’s core values are to just eliminate all speed advantages the CPU could possibly provide.

      • Grizzly Atoms

        Doesn’t that only run Jelly Bean?

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Still running JB .. waiting for the KK update (sent it back, couldn’t deal with it). It was their flagship device for like .. 2 minutes apparently.

    • Kevin

      On a scale of 1 to Tim, How much jank does it have?

  • jacob lewis

    Should have tried with your thumb before setting it up. I want to see how secure it is.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It wouldn’t work.