One of the neat features on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge from Samsung is the fingerprint scanner. Everyone’s familiar with this convenient feature, so much so that many are surprised when a device doesn’t have it. The fingerprint scanner provides some useful security features and adds some convenience to your general web browsing as well as quick access to certain applications, such as banking or money transfers from PayPal. It really is useful, and it’s quick and easy to set up.
Setting up your fingerprint
As mentioned earlier, setting up the fingerprint scanner is a breeze. If you didn’t set it up when you first initialized your device, you’ll need to go into Settings > Lock screen and security > Fingerprints.
To access your fingerprints, you’ll need to enter the PIN or password you set up.
Once entered in, select “Add fingerprint.” Now all you have to do is place your finger on the Home key and follow the setup wizard!
And that’s it! You’ve added your first fingerprint to your Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. You can go through the same process again and add multiple fingerprints in case you want to unlock your device with a different finger or even give a friend or loved one access.
Using your fingerprint as security for your device
Once you’ve added your desired fingerprints to your device, you can choose to use your fingerprint as a type of security to enter your device. Go into go into Settings > Lock screen and security > Screen lock type. You’ll have to enter your PIN or password to make any alterations to your security preference.
Once entered, select “fingerprints.” The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will now allow you to enter your device with your fingerprint, but you’ll have to set up a pattern, PIN, or password to protect your fingerprints first. Not only does this protect your fingerprint, but it also gives you an alternate way into your device if, for some reason, the fingerprint reader wasn’t recognizing your fingerprint.
Congratulations! You can now bypass your device’s security with your fingerprint. But, there’s a couple other neat things you can still do with the fingerprint scanner.
Using the fingerprint scanner to sign into websites
Did you know you can use the fingerprint scanner to log into websites? It’s just as easy as setting up the fingerprint as security for your device, possibly even easier. Head into Settings > Lock screen and security > Fingerprints.
Enter your PIN or password.
Finally, tap the “Web sign-in” slider. Ta da! You can now sign into select websites with your fingerprint.
You can sign into almost any website you want. However, you have to be using Samsung’s Browser app. From there, head into any of your desired websites and log in as usual. A pop-up will appear asking you to enable the Web sign-in feature. Check the box and accept. Now, you can log into that website with your fingerprint.
You’ll have to repeat this process for any website you want to use your fingerprint scanner with.
And that’s about all there is to it! Unfortunately, Samsung’s fingerprint scanner doesn’t actually let you log into the device with your fingerprint without hitting the power button first to wake it up. Huawei’s Honor 5X and other devices allow you to do that, but Samsung hasn’t. It’s a small complaint, but would’ve still been nice to have for the added convenience.