How to Use Biometrics to Secure your Galaxy S20 [Biometrics Authentication]

With the bigger storage capacity embedded into the system, modern smartphones are now being utilized among other portable storage. Aside from being accessible, today’s smartphones, particularly high-end devices are already offering augmented security features to safeguard all saved critical information. Among these advanced security features is the so-called biometrics authentication. To help you get started, I’ve lined up a step-by-step guide on how to make full use of this feature on the new Samsung smartphone. Read on to learn how to use biometrics to secure your Galaxy S20 files. 

Biometrics are advanced authentication systems that are designed to identify individuals using physiological characteristics. Biometric authentication is present in modern smartphones including the recently rolled out Galaxy S20 smartphones by Samsung. 

Fingerprint security on the Galaxy smartphones are deemed safe and secure, considering the fact that every person is unique and thus no two fingerprints are exactly the same. The same thing with facial recognition. That said, using fingerprint and facial recognition is highly recommended for those who want to secure critical information on the phone. 

In this quick guide, I will walk you through the standard process of enabling and using biometric authentication features on the new Samsung Galaxy S20. Read on for more detailed instructions. 

Easy steps to set up and use Biometrics to secure your Galaxy S20

Time Needed : 10 minutes

The following steps demonstrate the actual process of setting up face recognition and fingerprint authentication on the new Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone. In case you’re having trouble following the given instructions, feel free to refer to the provided screenshots or visual representations. You may start whenever you’re all set.

  1. To get started, swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen.

    Doing so will pull up the Apps screen.

    use biometrics security galaxy s20 - open the apps screen

  2. From the Apps screen, tap Settings.

    The Settings app along with different system features and options to configure will be launched.

    use biometrics security galaxy s20 - access settings menu

  3. Scroll down and tap Biometrics and security from the settings menu.

    Doing so will open a new screen containing various advanced security methods you can use.
    Among these are Face recognition and Fingerprints.

    use biometrics security galaxy s20 - biometrics and security menu

  4. To set up Face recognition, tap Face recognition.

    You will be asked to enter your device pattern to confirm. That said, enter your unlock pattern if prompted to proceed.

    use biometrics security galaxy s20 - face recognition option

  5. Select the option to Register your face then tap Continue.

    A wizard containing the actual instructions to register your face will show up next.
    Just follow the onscreen prompts to start registering your face.

    use biometrics security galaxy s20 - continue register face

  6. To set up Fingerprints authentication, go back to the Biometrics and security menu and then tap Fingerprints.

    On the next screen, you will see a list of relevant options including fingerprint setup or registration.

    use biometrics security galaxy s20 - fingerprints menu

  7. Tap the option to Add fingerprint.

    This will prompt the device to register a new fingerprint to use as an unlock method. 
    Be sure to enable Fingerprint unlock by turning on the switch next to it.

    use biometrics security galaxy s20 - add fingerprints

  8. Read and review the note about screen covers and protectors then tap OK to continue.

    After that, you’ll be routed to a screen where you can start registering a new fingerprint.

    use biometrics security galaxy s20 - OK fingerprint

  9. Simply tap the scan icon to start scanning your fingerprint.

    Be sure to follow the onscreen instructions to successfully register your fingerprint.

    use biometrics security galaxy s20 - start scan your fingerprint

Tools
  • Android 10, One UI 2.0
Materials
  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20 Plus

If you encounter some problem when trying to register your face, be sure to remove anything that may possibly block the phone from registering key details of your face such as glasses, hats, masks, makeup, bangs, and beard. Also make sure that your surroundings are well-lit and the camera lens is clean and free from any obstructions. The ideal distance between your face and phone is 8 to 20 inches. Your face must be inside the circle.

In the case where you can’t get to add a new fingerprint, make sure that you finger is totally clean. Also ensure that your finger is properly positioned in the fingerprint sensor on your phone.

And that covers everything in this guide. Please keep posted for more comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your new Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone. 

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