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    Default S5 Fingerprint Scanner: Easy one hand use

    I have seen many reviews claiming that it is nearly impossible to use the fingerprint scanner one handed. I have successfully setup the scanner with both my thumbs and my right index finger. When I setup my thumbs, I just scanned my thumb over the sensor sideways (the natural position of your thumb when holding the phone one handed). Now whenever I unlock my phoneI just do a quick swipe down with my thumb and it work 90% of the time.

    When it doesn't work is when I am not covering the entire home button with my thumb.

    Just thought I would pass that along....
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    Yeah, I also did this and it works great. Much faster than using a pin.

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    I cannot seem to accurately register my thumb sideways. Keeps telling me to make sure I "Swipe entire pad".
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    I'm having really mixed results with the scanner. It seems if you don't do a perfect swipe it won't grant access. It's really touchy. Not sure how to feel yet. The first time I registered a print, I would get like 1/10. After re-registering I can get 8/10 so better but not great. Long way to go.
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    Please post a video so we can see how well it works.
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    I registered both my thumbs the regular vertical way and and I'm still able to unlock one hand...your thumb doesn't have to be completely vertical to work, just needs to cover the whole home button

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    Default Re: S5 Fingerprint Scanner: Easy one hand use

    I will see if I can post a video, but I have owned a 5s and I think Samsungs scanner is just as good, so long as you set it up naturally.

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    My fingerprint scanner works awesome. However, I forgot my pin and can't find where to reset it. Does anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgree03 View Post
    I have seen many reviews claiming that it is nearly impossible to use the fingerprint scanner one handed. I have successfully setup the scanner with both my thumbs and my right index finger. When I setup my thumbs, I just scanned my thumb over the sensor sideways (the natural position of your thumb when holding the phone one handed). Now whenever I unlock my phoneI just do a quick swipe down with my thumb and it work 90% of the time.

    When it doesn't work is when I am not covering the entire home button with my thumb.

    Just thought I would pass that along....
    Yep, it's all about scanning your fingerprint into the memory that way

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    Any videos yet?
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    Sorry, no video, but I can confirm it works one handed. I'm actually really impressed -- I got it on the first try the last three times. I really didn't think it was going to work well.
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    Works most of the time one handed with my thumb. It doesn't really even need to be flat on.
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    I finally figured it out. I kept getting tons of errors and now after messing with the fingerprint scanner for 20 minutes to make it work easy you have to apply lots of pressure. Not enough to push the button but a lot more than I was doing for the past few days. I have no problem now.

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    Also for one handed operation I found it nice to hold it one handed while setting up the fingerprint. I had my pinky underneath so I slide my thumb to my pinky then at an angle to the right and down and that works pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whoadizzle View Post
    Also for one handed operation I found it nice to hold it one handed while setting up the fingerprint. I had my pinky underneath so I slide my thumb to my pinky then at an angle to the right and down and that works pretty well.

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    I ended up setting up the same thumb for all three profiles to increase the chance of a proper read. I do find that for some reason, if it can't get it by the second or third swipe, it's just not going to work. So it may be a software rather than hardware/technique issue.
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    I unlock mine one hand and I didn't have to register my thumb sideways
    Once you register your thumb the normal way, it will still recognize ur thumb to unlock ur phone if u unlock it with ur thumb slightly turned... It doesn't have to be perfectly vertical to unlock the phone

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    I am starting to think it is a software problem, where the processing software isn't ready when you start swiping. I find that if I wait a couple of seconds before swiping, I have a much greater hit rate. At least double.
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    just did the sideways thumb swipe haha sweet
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    I think I figured out the trick to the scanner for one handed operation.

    Rest your thumb on the home button so that half of the thumb is already covering the scanner. Then flick it across the scanner. When you set it up, do this at slightly different angles and speeds. If you do it identically each time, it will require a very specific angle and speed to unlock.

    After I did this, I was able to unlock it on the first try ten times in a row.
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    I love my S5, I really do. But the fingerprint scanner is awful. I finally deactivated it today and moved back to pattern unlock. Maybe Samsung can tweak it a bit and send us an update? Until then, I am gonna forget about it entirely.
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    Finger print scanner is not that reliable, it typically takes a few swipes on average for it to recognize, the iPhone 5S is a much better technology, I think Samsung needs to steal that tech or do something similar, that's something Apple got right and Samsung needs to work on. I am using the 4 digit pin just to avoid the hassle.
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    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxL...it?usp=sharing

    Easy as squezzy!! As you can see the one time it didn't work my finger was to far to the left. Just be patient and practice with it. muscle memory will take over quickly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgree03 View Post
    I have seen many reviews claiming that it is nearly impossible to use the fingerprint scanner one handed. I have successfully setup the scanner with both my thumbs and my right index finger. When I setup my thumbs, I just scanned my thumb over the sensor sideways (the natural position of your thumb when holding the phone one handed). Now whenever I unlock my phoneI just do a quick swipe down with my thumb and it work 90% of the time.

    When it doesn't work is when I am not covering the entire home button with my thumb.

    Just thought I would pass that along....
    thanks! my thumb now opening it first or second try; one handed.
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    Now that I do the thumb rest and swipe technique, I am having 90+% success on the first try and 100% by the third. Haven't had to type in my password since.
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