If you don’t want to use the strangely positioned fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, there are other ways you can unlock the devices. You can enable the facial recognition feature that gives you the option of unlocking your device just by looking at it.

Although this method is useful and quite fast, it isn’t the safest you can opt for. Well, at least according to a recent video that was livestreamed on Twitter by YouTuber MarcianoPhone.

The video shows that you can unlock the device using just a photo of the person that enabled the feature and a little patience. You can check out the video below (it’s in Spanish, around the 9:00 mark) .

As you can see, the device was easily unlocked, although it did take a few tries. This gives us a good reason to think that the facial recognition isn’t as good as Samsung would want us to believe.

The Korean company did admit to Mashable that facial recognition on the Galaxy S8 is not fully secure and that’s why it can’t be used to secure Samsung Pay transactions.

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This flaw could be a major problem and we hope that the tech giant will be able to fix it soon. Until then, if you want the best security, it’s probably best to stick with the fingerprint scanner, event though it is awkwardly positioned. As it is so close to the camera, you’re probably going to smudge the lens if you’re not careful. But don’t worry too much, your Galaxy S8 will remind you to clean it every now and then.

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “Major security flaw” “This flaw is a major problem.” “isn’t as good as Samsung would want us to believe.”

    What do they want us to believe, and where did you get that information? Are you guys on acid?


    • Bobby Burkov

      Also, you can always use, the iris scanner :)

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Or fingerprint scanner. Or a password. Or if you want a really insecure method, try the pattern (finger smudges give it away). Or maybe just swipe. This is yet another attempt to turn something ridiculously obvious into a scandal.

    • GearSIsBoss

      Definitely not worried about this it must be a slow day on mom and pop websites. S8Plus arriving soon

    • AndroidUser

      Happy April Fools Dayyy

  • Guest

    I remember the old days on some custom previous android version there was a simple requirement that one should blink only then it was treated as authenticated. But may be a gif can to the trick still who knows that’s why its no more on original android..

  • Nitemare3219

    Major flaw? Really? It’s using the damn camera – what do you expect?! Use iris recognition or fingerprint if you’re worried about security. This is no different than Google’s Smart Lock. CLICKBAIT GARBAGE AS USUAL AA.

    • TexasMadeJ ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Except Smart Lock works and is actually useful…

      • DJ Cross ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        He means not the whole Smart Lock aspect but certain features in it such as Facial Recognition

      • jOn Garrett

        Face unlock works too and is also useful or do you think people who might steal your phone also happen to have a photo of you?

  • Derp

    Who would have guessed?? the people who are going to use it are not looking for maximum security, they are looking for speed

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Exactly. I haven’t heard a single claim that face recognition should be used as the most secure method of unlocking a phone. The S8 has OPTIONS with different degrees of speed and security.

      Face recognition is ONE of them.

      Every 2-bit writer for an Android webzine who gets $25 for an article seems to think he/she is the new Woodward/Bernstein or Mike Wallace.

      There should be a Foolitzer prize for articles like this.

      • DJ Cross ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Things like these is why I keep getting tipped back to Android Police every time I try to get close..

  • Aweso

    Wasn’t Face Unlock introduced by Google back in Android 4.0? I remember it was pretty weak back then. I’d just stick with the fingerprint scanner (remember we humans have a feature called muscle memory) or iris scanner.

  • Dimitri

    On my LG G4 I use a pin, on my Note 7 when I had it, I used iris scanner and a pin as a back up. On my S7 I used a pin.

    Never once have a i used facial recognizion as a option as i know i have as options and safer ones. Iris worked for me I would say 85% of the time. The rest I used the pin due to alot of sunlight or my sun glasses.

  • Edie_T

    Thought Samsung was technology 😂😂😂

    • Samsung is technology & this is a non issue , sorry to burst your bubble, now go back to your Budget device wishing you could afford a real phone.


      • Ryan

        nothing beats Samsung…except a picture

        • Maybe you should read some of the other comments above (if you can read)

          As many of us said this is a non issue , so go back to your little budget phone , realizing your dreams of being able to knock Samsung have been crushed, and you have failed once again.


          • Ryan

            Just because a couple people on here don’t care, doesn’t make it a “non issue.”
            Also, please loosen your grip on Samsung’s nuts, they are liable to fall off

          • Oh great! another budget phone user..

            you keep telling yourself that , making yourself feel good, it’s okay one day you will be able to afford a Samsung.


          • TexasMadeJ ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            What’s sad is quite a few of these budget phones put 99% of Samsung phones to shame… Full disclosure, I love the Note Series and I’m looking forward to the Note 8.. Also before you even say it, I’m far from a budget phone user but I have tried numerous budget phones.

          • DJ Cross ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Can you even think of any budget features that beats 99% of Samsung phones…? I can’t.

          • Edie_T

            Not including the S and Note series, there TONS of phones that can beat Samsung phones. Dont be du*b

          • squiddy20

            And you know he’s a “budget phone user”… how? Oh right. More mindless, unoriginal, childish attempts at insults from the Samsung shill. What a surprise.

          • squiddy20

            Sure, you can use a different security measure. But that doesn’t take anything away from the fact that it can be pretty easily overcome. How comical that you think it’s a “non-issue” just because people can use a different lock method.

      • Edie_T

        At least budget phones can’t get easily hacked 😂😂

        • You keep telling yourself that , while dreaming you could afford a real phone, you budget phone users make me laugh.


          • Edie_T

            Your post makes me laugh 😂😂😂

          • DJ Cross ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Your unthinkably low level of intelligence about Samsung and Security makes me laugh too.

          • Edie_T

            Your fangirling makes me laugh 😂😂😂

          • DJ Cross ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Your favoritism for budget companies make me laugh

      • squiddy20

        If they really were technology, wouldn’t they have this technology up to snuff by now?

  • 4Ui812

    This has been known since facial recognition unlocking has been avaible on android. My buddies 2 sons demonstrated this to me a few years ago. They could use each other’s face to unlock the device.

  • Desmond Karani

    really? samsung made you believe facial recognition was secure? crappy article. you dont even mention iris scanner anywhere because you were too busy writing loads of crap… tech giant will fix the problem? like add an invisible eye to your face to make it secure? think twice before you write “major flaw” anywhere

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      They were going for the Bullshitzer prize in journalism.

  • LOL, this is a non issue as they’re are many other methods / levels of security , just some more budget device users looking / hoping for a reason to knock Samsung.


    • Shay Seale


      Why are you lying? Lol

      • LOL, your comment is comical , i don’t lie , i tell the truth & state facts, go back to your budget phone now as no one cares.


        • Shay Seale

          You’re stating an opinion and you assumed I have a budget phone based off of what exactly? Stop being stupid…

          I don’t even know why I replied. I fell for the bait…lol

        • squiddy20

          What truths or facts have you spoken? I see none here. I do however, see a ton of opinions. Are you sure you know the difference?

  • My Galaxy Prime

    This is just me personally but the S8 plus is supposed to be relatively the same physical size as the S7 edge. The heart rate sensor, which I use on a regular basis, isn’t that hard to reach with 1 hand. And either I never touch/smudge my camera lens or my fingerprints just never show up in my photos. Either way, doesn’t seem like much of an issue for me.

    • DJ Cross ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      True, the heart rate monitor is within comfortable distance once used to.

  • Matt

    This isn’t a Samsung problem. This is a fairly widely acknowledged problem with facial recognition “security”

    “Until then, if you want the best security, it’s probably best to stick with the fingerprint scanner,”

    Spoken like someone who knows more about device trends than actual security.

  • Lamba

    Again Samsung’s wasting time on an already-ready feature packed from Google into Android. And of course Samsung failed once again in the software side. Because Face Unlock was too mainstream

    • DJ Cross ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      You can’t get any better. It USES a camera. What do you expect? Face Unlock is for speed and speed alone with minimal security. If you want security… DON’T use it. Simple as that. For normal users on a regular basis we don’t expect someone to take a pic of our face then show it to the phone to unlock.

  • TexasMadeJ ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Facial Recognition hasn’t ever been considered a secure way to protect your phone, it is mostly just a gimmick that gives people a party trick on their smartphone. If you are thinking about choosing FR as your method to secure your phone, think again and DON’T DO IT!!! 😉

  • King_Android

    Did I miss something, why is this being featured as a feature of the S8. My phone (6p)currently has the facial recognition and I never used it because of this very reason. So is Samsung’s option different?

  • Armand Bernard

    This has been a thing for like 4 years. My sister and me used this trick to get past my lockscreen back then too. It’s no surprise it’s no better.