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

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Hi, you're watching a video on VisiHow. We're going to show you how to set up fingerprint security on your Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Steps

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    To start with, if you're not already on your phone, you're going to want to press the power button on the side
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    Swipe across your lock screen to access your phone.
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    Following that, press the 'Home' button if you're not already on your home screen
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    Currently, we are on our home screen, so we don't have to do that.
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    Start off by pressing the 'Apps' button
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    When you tap the 'Apps' button, that's going to open up the applications menu.
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    Once you're in the applications menu, you're going to look for 'Settings', which is a gear icon
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    Tap that one time, and that's going to open up our settings menu. Now I'm filming it on its side so that this is easier for you to see, as I'm swiping my fingerprints in the register there. Otherwise, we would have it upright.
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    So, to get started, tap on 'Finger Scanner', right here
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    Finger Scanner is going to let us register and manage our fingerprints, and then we'll be able to choose the screen lock that we're going to have, and we can also verify our Samsung account if we choose to
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    We can also change our alternative password. So, let's start with registering our fingerprints.
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    Let's go back just so I can show you again
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    I've now gone to my main screen; I've tapped on 'Apps'. Next, I've tapped on 'Settings'. Under the settings, in 'Quick Settings', I've found 'Finger Scanner'. I've tapped on 'Finger Scanner', and now I'm going to tap on 'Fingerprint manager' one time.
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    That's going to bring up a window that tells me, "In order for fingerprint recognition to function, your fingerprint information needs to be registered and stored in your device." So, once that's done, and it's registered, I will have the option to use my fingerprint for fingerprint lock, or to verify my Samsung account
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    Now, this is important, because you can simply set up the lock; however, this way you've got your fingerprints registered and then you can use them. So this is actually the best way to set this up for your device. So, this is fine with me. I don't need to see this again, but I'm going to leave it unchecked because I may make another tutorial later. For you, just tap 'Do not show again' and then click OK.
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    Now the device is going to tell us we need to slide our finger down over the 'Home' key, and we need to repeat this a total of eight times
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    So, I'm going to slide my finger over this key a total of eight times. As I'm doing this, I'm trying to put my finger on a slightly different angle, moving it a little to the side as you see how my hand is turning as I do this. The reason for this is because sometimes my finger might not be in the exact position. So, that's my index finger; now that finger is registered there.
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    Now, I can enter a password to use as an alternative to my fingerprint
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    Another important thing is later, if you set up a VPN or other account, you're going to need an alternative password setting that's going to come up. That password needs to be at least six characters, and one of them has to be a number, so it's always a good idea to try and pick something with some numbers in it. So let's pick something easy, and not something we'll forget. I entered "VisiHow15". Now, click 'Continue'.
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    It's going to ask me to do it again, so let's do that one more time
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    Now, you can click 'Done' or OK. I'm going to go ahead and tap on OK.
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    Now my fingerprints have been registered
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    I can tap OK to set fingerprint as the screen lock type. So I'm just going to go ahead and tap OK. So now my screen lock is set to fingerprint.
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    Now all I have to do is press the button to lock my screen, and now when I press it to unlock it, it's going to give me the option to slide my fingerprint across, or use my alternative password or make an emergency call
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    So what I should do is just slide that finger across there. It's recognized, and now we're in the device, so I can press the 'Home' button to get back to my home screen.
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    If you want to change your fingerprints, you simply go back to the 'Apps' option, back to 'Settings', back to 'Finger Scanner', and tap on 'Fingerprint Manager' again
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    We're going to go ahead and use our fingerprint to slide across here, but we could also use an alternative password
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    We can register up to three fingerprints
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    That was Fingerprint 1. Let's tap the 'Plus' sign, and we're going to register another finger.
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    This is just the same screen we discussed earlier
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    We're going to tap on OK.
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    Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to register the finger on my left hand
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    Same procedure as before. One time straight down, then a little bit sideways, then a little bit sideways on the other side, and so on.
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    Now I've got one finger from each hand registered
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    I'm going to save this third fingerprint scan for someone else to use.
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    So, these are now both registered
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    If you have any interest in deleting them or deregistering them, it's very easy to do. You just tap these little three dots here, and you get the option to deregister one of them. And you can select one or all of them, or you can tap 'Back' if you change your mind.
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    Now that I have two registered, I can just tap on 'Fingerprint Manager' to go back, or tap my 'Back' soft key
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    Now, I can press the 'Home' button to go home
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    I can lock my device and press the lock key again to open it. And when I want to open it, I can use my left finger or my right finger. So as you can see, I've now set up fingerprint scanning on my Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, and you can do it the same way. Thanks for using VisiHow. If you have any questions or need help with this, please let us know in the section below. And remember, don't forget that alternative password. If you do, we have a password help section you can use, which will help you get back into your device. Have a great day!
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Video: Lock and Unlock Samsung Galaxy S5's Screen Using the Fingerprint Scanner

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First among the lines of Samsung Galaxy phones, Galaxy S5 has incorporated Fingerprint Recognition on its touchscreen. This finger scanner adds a layer of security and accessibility, and at the same time, it can be used to login through your Samsung Account and make payments through Paypal. You can also use your fingerprints to unlock your device's screen. This article will discuss all the things you need to know to set up your phone to lock using the fingerprint locking technology and unlock it using your finger.

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Register Fingerprints on Samsung Galaxy S5

Before you can use Fingerprint Recognition on your device, you need to register a fingerprint on Galaxy S5. Your device can store up to a maximum of three fingerprints into it. To register a fingerprint, do these procedures:

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    Go to Galaxy S5's Home Screen
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    You can press the Home button once or tap on the Back key repeatedly until you will get to the Home Screen.
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    From your device's Home screen, pull down the notification bar by swiping your finger from the top-most part of the screen to the lower part of it.
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    With the notification bar opened, tap on the Settings icon to get to your phone's Settings menu.
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    From the Settings Menu, tap on Finger Scanner.
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    From the Finger Scanner page, tap on Fingerprint Manager.
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    If this is the first time that you are registering a fingerprint, then proceed to the next step
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    If a fingerprint has already been registered on your device, a pop-up window will appear asking for a confirmation from the fingerprint that has already been saved. Scan your fingerprint on your Galaxy S5 and tap to continue.
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    Put a finger on the area intended for the fingerprint located on the lower-center part of your phone's screen.
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    Tap and hold on the fingerprint area then slowly drag your finger downwards until you touch the Home button
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    You will be required to do this eight (8) times. If scanning fails, repeat the procedures until eight swipes are accepted.
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    A pop-up window will appear asking for an alternative password
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    Enter the password and tap Continue to proceed. Enter the same password again to verify your password and tap on OK to confirm. This password will be used to unlock your Galaxy S5 in case your phone doesn't recognize your finger.
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    You're done registering a fingerprint on your Galaxy S5
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    A pop-up window will appear asking for a fingerprint lock. Tap on OK and choose Fingerprint. You can then use your fingerprint to unlock your device's screen.
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  • Do not bend your finger while swiping as this may make it difficult for your device to recognize your fingerprint.
  • Do not use your fingertip, as your phone will scan for the fingerprints. The device may not recognize your fingerprint if you use your fingertip.

Setup Fingerprint Lock on Samsung Galaxy S5

You can set your phone to lock and accept any registered fingerprint. To do that:

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    Go to Galaxy S5's Home Screen
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    Press the Home button once or tap on the Back key repeatedly until you get to the Home Screen.
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    From your device's Home screen, pull-down the notification bar by swiping your finger from the top-most part of the screen to the lower part of it.
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    With the notification bar opened, tap on the Settings icon to get to your phone's Settings menu.
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    From the Settings Menu, tap on Finger Scanner.
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    From Finger Scanner, tap on Screen Lock.
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    From the list of Screen Lock, touch Fingerprint.
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    You have now successfully set your phone to be unlocked using your fingerprint
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    When your phone's screen goes off or gets locked, Galaxy S5 will ask you to swipe your finger into the fingerprint scanner to unlock it.
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Unlock Samsung Galaxy S5 Screen Using Fingerprint Recognition

When your phone is locked, you can use your fingerprint to unlock your device. To unlock your Galaxy S5 using the fingerprint detection feature, follow these procedures:

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    With your phone's screen off, press the Power button or the Home button once to light up the screen.
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    Your phone will now show the lock screen
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    You will not be able to access your device unless you use a registered fingerprint to unlock it.
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    To unlock using a registered finger, tap and hold the fingerprint area and drag your finger downwards
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    Continue dragging until you get to the Home button.
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    If it fails to detect the action, your device will ask you to swipe your finger again
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    If it's successful in recognizing the finger, it will show a Recognized message.
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    You have just successfully unlocked your phone using the fingerprint feature of Galaxy S5.
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Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure that you swipe your finger until you reach the Home button. Your device's Home button contains a fingerprint recognition sensor. Take extra care of your Home button, do not put your phone in your pocket together coins, keys or other metals as they could scratch and damage your Home button.
  • If the fingerprint recognition sensor seems to malfunction, check with the screen protector directly above it. Make sure the protector is free from scratches or other impurities.
  • The fingerprint recognition sensor will not fully recognize a finger that is wet or sweaty. Make sure you dry your finger before using this feature.
  • Static electricity can build up on your Galaxy S5 if it's in a very dry environment. If you can, do not use the fingerprint feature in this instance. If you really like to use the feature, make sure that you discharge any static electricity buildup by touching any metal object before touching your phone.

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