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How to set up the fingerprint reader on the Samsung Galaxy S8

Whether you like the positioning Samsung chose for the fingerprint reader or not, it is one of those features you will be using most often. Are you looking to set it up?
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May 3, 2017

Whether you like the positioning Samsung chose for the fingerprint reader or not, it is one of those Galaxy S8 features you will be using most often. Are you looking to set it up?

Samsung takes you through the process during the initial set-up, but you may have skipped that or need to further refine the experience. We are here to help you get those digits ready for prime time! Let’s jump right in.

How to set up the fingerprint reader

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Lock screen and security.
  3. Tap Fingerprint Scanner.
  4. Enter your PIN number (if requested).
  5. You will be asked to scan your fingerprint. Place your digit over the fingerprint scanner repeatedly.
  6. Your fingerprint should now be added. You can add more by selecting Add fingerprint from the Fingerprint Scanner options.
  7. The Fingerprint Scanner options also allow for activating Samsung Pass and Samsung account verification.
  8. Done!

How to set up fingerprint sensor gestures

Don’t want to pull down/up the notification shade the normal way? Why not make some use of the fingerprint sensor gestures Samsung has hidden deep into the Settings? It comes turned off by default, but turning on the finger sensor gestures will allow users to swipe down and up on the reader to show or hide the notification area. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Advanced features.
  3. Toggle Finger sensor gestures on.
  4. Go test the feature!

There you have it, guys. Now you are ready to take full advantage of what the fingerprint reader has to offer.