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How to: Setup Paypal Fingerprints on the Verizon Galaxy S5

Remember how on launch day of the Galaxy S5, we realized (to no one’s surprise) that Verizon had completely disabled one of the phone’s better features, Paypal fingerprint support? Well, some things appear to have happened behind the scenes with the apps required to make this work, so you can now at least register your fingerprint to login to the payment app. It takes the sideloading of the Samsung Apps store, since Verizon doesn’t preload it, along with the a couple of app installs from there.

I should point out that this method enables Fingerprint logins for the Paypal app, but that could be it. I have not been able to test whether or not you can actually verify payments too.

Ready to do this? 

1.  First, download the Samsung Apps store from Samsung’s site here.
2.  Install it. (May need to allow “unknown sources” to be installed. Settings>Security>Unknown sources.)
3.  Register a fingerprint to your Galaxy S5. Instructions here.

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4.  In Samsung Apps, download and install both Paypal* and NNL Fingerprint Passport.
5.  Once they are finished downloading, open up Paypal and login.
6.  Tap Settings>Login Options.
7.  Tap “Register fingerprint.”
8.  Enter password.
9.  Then “Link your fingerprint to Paypal.”
10.  Swipe your finger to register.

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11.  If done correctly, you should receive a “success” message.
12.  Going forward, you can then decide from this screen how you want to login to Paypal.

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And there you have it. You can now login to Paypal with your fingerprint. We will try to confirm whether or not payments also work now.

*This is going to sound odd, but I had Paypal installed through Google Play and did not have the option to choose Login Options. The Samsung Apps listing for Paypal, on the other hand, showed that I had an update available as version 5.4.12. This version actually seems older than the version on Google Play, but does have the Login Options area.

Cheers Jeremiah!
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  • James

    From everything I’ve read, the fingerprint scanner is pretty wanky…like nearly unusable. Can anybody verify?

    • gambit07

      My buddy just picked up the s5 last week. He is using a case which makes it much more difficult, but not unusable. Without the case he didn’t have any problems.

    • Legacy23

      I use it full time right now. It works between 8 & 9 times out of 10. Accuracy is lower because I often use it with one hand. If I used two hands it would give me less trouble. For PayPal, I’m sure I would have no trouble logging in successfully 9 times out of 10. Oh and by the way, nothing is perfect.

    • BK

      According the Verge, it sucks:

      “Less successful is Samsung’s take on the fingerprint-unlock system made popular by Apple with the iPhone 5S…Samsung’s version requires a vertical swipe over the home button to activate the scanner, and we found it to be quite unreliable and virtually impossible to activate when holding the phone in one hand. It can store up to three different digits, but it was very particular about the speed and orientation of the swiping motion used — if we weren’t doing a perfectly straight swipe down, it would refuse to unlock the phone.”

      • Ben

        Works fairly well for me. I have two fingers recorded. An index finger for 2 handed, and a thumb for one handed. The index finger works about 9/10 unless I am holding the phone at an angle to show someone. The one handed thumb scan takes a bit of practice but I can get it with about 4/5 tries.

    • RR

      No problems with the finger scanner here. It takes some practice, but for me it now works almost the first time I swipe every time. If not, I just swipe again and it works. Also, if you typically have sweaty or dirty fingers, you need to train it with sweaty or dirty fingers. Don’t go wash your hands and then train it and expect it to work later. Another thing that helps is to train the same finger 2 or 3 times under these different conditions.