Speed Up Galaxy Fingerprint Unlock: Samsung Fixes One UI 6.1 Issues

What you should know


  • The Galaxy S24 series features a significantly improved fingerprint scanner, offering faster and more accurate unlocking compared to its predecessors.
  • Samsung has transitioned to using Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 in the S21 series and continues to evolve its fingerprint scanning technology with the latest Galaxy S24 series.
  • There have been issues with the fingerprint scanner’s usability in previous models, notably with the Galaxy S23 series, which Samsung has acknowledged and promised to fix.
  • Improving fingerprint scanning accuracy on Samsung Galaxy phones can be achieved by enrolling the same finger multiple times and adjusting the angle of finger placement on the scanner.


Full Story

Oh, the journey we’ve had with Samsung’s fingerprint scanners! It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, hasn’t it? PhoneArena folks, like us, have had their fair share of rants and tests. They’ve been through it all, trying to unlock those Galaxy phones with a mix of frustration and hope.

So, imagine the surprise when the Galaxy S24 landed. It came with a scanner that was fast. Unobtrusive, even. A stark contrast to the clunky ones in previous Galaxy S iterations. It was like finding an oasis in a desert of sluggish tech.

The long-term review of the Galaxy S24 by PhoneArena shed some light. The fingerprint reader? A significant leap forward from its ancestors. And let’s be honest, that’s a big deal. It’s the little things, you know? Like how a quick and seamless unlock can make your day just a tad smoother.

Now, onto Samsung and its scanner saga. “Good enough” has never been in their vocabulary, apparently. They’ve been on a mission, equipping Galaxy phones with the latest in finger-scanning tech. But, it’s been a bumpy ride.

Remember the Galaxy S10 and its buddies, the S20 and Note 20? They all shared the first-gen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. A bit of a hiccup occurred when some banking apps gave the S10 the cold shoulder. Turns out, flexible gel screen protectors were a bit too friendly with the scanner.

Samsung didn’t stop there, though. They moved on to Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 with the S21 series. Yet, they didn’t leap at the 3D Sonic Max. This led to some grumbles about the scanner’s sluggishness under screen protectors and in general.

But here we are, with the Galaxy S24 series boasting a new reader module. It’s all about speed and accuracy now. Unlocking and authorizing have never felt this good.

Then came the One UI 6.1 update, throwing a wrench in the works. Users of the Galaxy S23 found their scanners throwing tantrums, thanks to the latest Android 14 overlay. Samsung’s on it, though, promising a fix for the glitchy recognition and the unexpected notification windows.

Tips and tricks time. Despite the advancements, the S24 Ultra’s scanner shares its dimensions with the S23 Ultra’s. So, the same old advice on improving scanning accuracy applies. Press your thumb at an angle, enroll your digit multiple times, and don’t forget your other thumb. It’s all about giving the scanner every chance to recognize you, swiftly and accurately.

Despite the hurdles, Samsung’s on an upward trajectory with its fingerprint scanners. The Galaxy S24 series is almost there, boasting speed and precision. And there’s more up Samsung’s sleeve, with new fingerprint sensing tricks hinted at for the future.

Until then, we’re left navigating the quirks of fingerprint scanning on current Galaxy models. But with a bit of patience and some savvy enrolling strategies, we can enjoy a faster, more accurate unlocking experience. Here’s to hoping the next update is smooth sailing.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynnhttps://www.phonesinsights.com
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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