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Lock and Unlock Samsung Galaxy S5's Screen Using the Fingerprint Scanner

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Can the unlock password be removed and kept only for unlocking after power up on encrypted Samsung Galaxy S5 phones?

I've just encrypted internal memory of our two new Galaxy S5 phones and my wife doesn't like the fact that every time she is logged off from her phone, she has to use a password to log back in again (screen unlock). The phone doesn't allow me the option to change the screen unlock method to swipe or fingerprint scanner. Is there a work around that doesn't involve decrypting the phones, considering the risk of data theft if the phones are lost to theft? Thanks a million.

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Encryption blocks out all other screen lock options on your device for added security, but you may still be able to change it by going to another menu in your phone. Try the following to change your phone's password to a swipe or to the fingerprint scanner:

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  • Open the Settings application.
  • Tab the Device tab or scroll down until you find the following step.
  • Tap Lock Screen.
  • Tap Screen Lock.
  • Enter your password and choose a new lock.

Alternatively, you can try this menu to see if you can choose a new lock screen method, as well:

  • Open the Settings application.
  • Tap the Device tab or scroll down until you find the following step.
  • Tap Security.
  • Scroll and find Screen Lock.
  • Enter your password and choose a new lock.

If you are still unable to choose a new screen lock for your Samsung Galaxy S5, you will need to decrypt your device to be able to use a different screen lock. When your device is encrypted, you will only be able to use an alphanumeric password to unlock your device. This is setup this way by Samsung to provide your phone with the highest level of security as possible; however, as you have noticed, entering a password with at least 6 characters or digits is a huge pain. While encryption makes your data safer in the event that your phone is stolen, it may not be worth it if you make sure to keep your phone close to you at all times. In addition, a traditional password will keep your data fairly safe, as well; any phone thief who gets a hold of your device would need to use the command prompt to bypass your traditional, unencrypted password to get to your data.

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Can you help me with an Android smart phone issue?

Can I have a live chat with you? I disconnected my phone while encrypting and I can't access UI anymore. Also, I am very enthusiastic about Android smart phones and I would like to learn what I can, just don't know how to start. I have tried: I did a factory reset via TW recovery.. I think it was caused by: My naughty hands , touching the smart phone while it was encrypting... but it was encrypting for 4 hours

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