1. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I came from the 10+ and it was horrible using the FPS but the note 20 has never failed me so far it's been flawless with a screen protector on and I didn't have to register my prints again.
    I had pretty good luck with the S10+, Note 10+ and S20U FPS, however the Note 20U seems to unlock easier. Hope they didn't skimp on accuracy to get there, but even then I'm sure it would be adequate security.
    09-23-2020 06:48 PM
  2. Mandarita's Avatar
    It works. Not well, but it works. I had a Note 9 and it was so nice to grab the phone while touching the sensor on the back, at would turn on and unlock in one quick motion. Now I have to fiddle around to power it on the Note 20, then find the right spot on the screen, and press it, and hope it works. It is reliably IF you hit the right spot.
    I never understood why so many people doing reviews on the rear fingerprint readers hated them. I liked it, and the in screen reader sucks IMHO.
    I have learned to tap the screen two or three times, to get the display on. Then I can locate the location to press my finger on, then hope it works. Two or three more steps then I used to have on the Note 9.
    Save yourself the extra steps. You don't have to power on the screen to use the FPS. Once I got used to it. the process is exactly the same. I pick up the phone while placing my thumb and it's unlocked by the time it's at eye level. You get used to the placement in exactly the same way you developed the muscle memory for where to place your digit on the N9.

    Also, some people hated the back placed FPS because it was difficult to get to in certain situations. For example while in my dash mount, I would have to either type a password or take it out of the mount to unlock the phone while driving. I would have to pick up the phone while it was sitting on it's charger to look at something real quick. And I didn't like picking up my phone to take a quick glance at something during a meeting it conversation. It's much less conspicuous to just quietly place my finger on the screen.

    But to each their own. I don't know why some fingerprint readers are difficult and some work like a charm. I had one on a laptop that hated my fingers, but no one else really had issues.
    09-23-2020 07:02 PM
  3. Mike Dee's Avatar
    It works. Not well, but it works. I had a Note 9 and it was so nice to grab the phone while touching the sensor on the back, at would turn on and unlock in one quick motion. Now I have to fiddle around to power it on the Note 20, then find the right spot on the screen, and press it, and hope it works. It is reliably IF you hit the right spot.
    I never understood why so many people doing reviews on the rear fingerprint readers hated them. I liked it, and the in screen reader sucks IMHO.
    I have learned to tap the screen two or three times, to get the display on. Then I can locate the location to press my finger on, then hope it works. Two or three more steps then I used to have on the Note 9.
    You can set the phone to "lift to wake" the lockscreen so you don't have to tap it.
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    09-23-2020 07:15 PM
  4. bandofbrothers2112's Avatar
    The fps is working fine on my N20 Ultra both when using it with the factory fitted Tpu plastic screen protector and now with the WSD too.

    Much better than my N10+ 5G.
    09-23-2020 11:30 PM
  5. debdroid1a's Avatar
    I just added my thumb and tried it. I think it'll work better. I was having issues with my index finger. Apart when the aod is off I couldn't get it just right and had to power on to show where to put it. But I just did get my N20U.
    My N9 back FPS worked flawlessly.
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    09-24-2020 09:15 AM
  6. worwig's Avatar
    You can set the phone to "lift to wake" the lockscreen so you don't have to tap it.
    Yep, I have that enabled. It seldom wakes / turns on, the phone.
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    09-24-2020 09:36 AM
  7. worwig's Avatar
    Save yourself the extra steps. You don't have to power on the screen to use the FPS. Once I got used to it. the process is exactly the same. I pick up the phone while placing my thumb and it's unlocked by the time it's at eye level. You get used to the placement in exactly the same way you developed the muscle memory for where to place your digit on the N9.
    Learning that placement is key. On the Note 9, for me, it was pretty automatic because I could feel the surrounding edge. On the N20, it is just a huge smooth expanse of glass. I am going to paint a dot on the case at the edge to help train me. Still annoying that in most cases it takes me so many extra steps to get the screen on and unlocked.

    I agree that N9 being sensor on the back being blocked. I often use it as a GPS in a mount. If the N9 screen shut down (it wasn't supposed to, but occasionally happened) I was hosed. No safe way to get it back on while driving. The N20 SHOULD be better in that I can just press the front, IF I can locate the spot.

    Edit: Brain fart, I mean Note 8, not Note 9.
    09-24-2020 09:45 AM
  8. stevebob1's Avatar
    I'm using a s20plus and the sensor works every single time. I removed the oem screen protector to install a tempered glass screen protector and now I have about 99% success rate. When it fails I just breathe on my thumb for a second and it reads it instantly. I saw another comment here regarding the same issue with dry hands and success following washing hands. Maybe there's something to it
    09-24-2020 02:31 PM
  9. stevebob1's Avatar
    Yes very happy with it on my Huawei Mate 20 pro, it's a revolutionary technology and it can only get better. The only time I have issue if my hands are dry after washing them, but a quick moistening fixes that.
    I've noticed the same thing. I just breathe on my thumb for a second and it reads it instantly.
    09-24-2020 02:35 PM
  10. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Yep, I have that enabled. It seldom wakes / turns on, the phone.
    That's odd
    09-25-2020 10:54 AM
  11. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Learning that placement is key. On the Note 9, for me, it was pretty automatic because I could feel the surrounding edge. On the N20, it is just a huge smooth expanse of glass. I am going to paint a dot on the case at the edge to help train me. Still annoying that in most cases it takes me so many extra steps to get the screen on and unlocked.

    I agree that N9 being sensor on the back being blocked. I often use it as a GPS in a mount. If the N9 screen shut down (it wasn't supposed to, but occasionally happened) I was hosed. No safe way to get it back on while driving. The N20 SHOULD be better in that I can just press the front, IF I can locate the spot.
    The way I hold it my thumb automatically finds the correct position. Also after using it for the previous 3 devices I'm just pretty much on target even using other digits.Fingerprint sensor issues, anyone?-20200925_115601.jpeg
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    09-25-2020 10:59 AM
  12. Morty2264's Avatar
    The way I hold it my thumb automatically finds the correct position. Also after using it for the previous 3 devices I'm just pretty much on target even using other digits.Click image for larger version. 

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    I agree - over time, muscle memory takes over. I know my mom is struggling a bit with her S10's fingerprint sensor, because she hasn't used it before on other devices. It took me a bit too but soon your thumb just knows where to go!
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    09-25-2020 11:31 AM
  13. marky_yo's Avatar
    Agree as I have had the phone and now returned it...waiting on Samsung to ship the 512mb it’s just memory. It’s a little slow in my opinion compared to apples Face ID but then on the other hand as I type this on my iPhone XS Max the colors are horrid and there are a lot shortcomings on this as well iPhone 11. So no phone is perfect is what I’m saying.
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    09-28-2020 02:29 PM
  14. Morty2264's Avatar
    Agree as I have had the phone and now returned it...waiting on Samsung to ship the 512mb it’s just memory. It’s a little slow in my opinion compared to apples Face ID but then on the other hand as I type this on my iPhone XS Max the colors are horrid and there are a lot shortcomings on this as well iPhone 11. So no phone is perfect is what I’m saying.
    You are right - no phone is perfect! I guess it all boils down to what you can live with!
    09-28-2020 09:39 PM
  15. BarracudaBob's Avatar
    Mine isn't consistently registering, but I don't think it's the phone or the screen protector. With all the hand washing and sanitizer, my hands are so dry. If I keep my hands moisturized it seems to pick up on the fingerprints much better.
    10-01-2020 07:01 AM
  16. TheAngryToaster's Avatar
    Hmmmm I guess I’ll have to play around with my mine. I put both my thumbs recorded twice and it seems at least 50% of the time it doesn’t register. I may just have to get used to it coming from pixel and Apple.
    I just switch from the 11 pro max, and can tell you that the vast majority of my failed unlocks are due to the lack of experience with an in display reader. I am slowly getting it down now, but when I get a failed unlock I pay attention to my thumb location and the location where the fingerprint icon appears and its usually off just enough.
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    10-01-2020 10:43 PM
  17. o4liberty's Avatar
    I just switch from the 11 pro max, and can tell you that the vast majority of my failed unlocks are due to the lack of experience with an in display reader. I am slowly getting it down now, but when I get a failed unlock I pay attention to my thumb location and the location where the fingerprint icon appears and its usually off just enough.
    Face unlock on my iphone 11 was a tad faster but mine is super fast with a screen protector on mine.
    10-01-2020 10:58 PM
  18. 2ndHalfCor's Avatar
    Anyone else having issues with the finger print sensor?
    Yes. Ever since Samsung went to the in screen fingerprint sensor it is slow and unreliable. Many on here insist there is no problem. Maybe they never used a real honest to gosh sensor like on the Note 9 or iPhone touchid. I've tried every trick and setting fix I've seen published but for me it still stinks. I'm lucky if it works two out of three tries. It forces me to slow down and concentrate on what should be an automatic reflexive action. Maybe I have bad fingerprints but my Note 9 sensor still works instantly everytime, so I refuse to just say it's me.
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    10-01-2020 11:28 PM
  19. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    Yes. Ever since Samsung went to the in screen fingerprint sensor it is slow and unreliable. Many on here insist there is no problem. Maybe they never used a real honest to gosh sensor like on the Note 9 or iPhone touchid. I've tried every trick and setting fix I've seen published but for me it still stinks. I'm lucky if it works two out of three tries. It forces me to slow down and concentrate on what should be an automatic reflexive action. Maybe I have bad fingerprints but my Note 9 sensor still works instantly everytime, so I refuse to just say it's me.
    I used the honest to gosh sensor on the note 9. I'll take the screen unlock all day long. I'm one of the many that insist there is no problem. It's a learning curve, some get it down some don't.
    10-02-2020 05:45 AM
  20. o4liberty's Avatar
    Yes. Ever since Samsung went to the in screen fingerprint sensor it is slow and unreliable. Many on here insist there is no problem. Maybe they never used a real honest to gosh sensor like on the Note 9 or iPhone touchid. I've tried every trick and setting fix I've seen published but for me it still stinks. I'm lucky if it works two out of three tries. It forces me to slow down and concentrate on what should be an automatic reflexive action. Maybe I have bad fingerprints but my Note 9 sensor still works instantly everytime, so I refuse to just say it's me.
    I came from the note 10+ and yes it was a horrible sensor but the 20 work great every time for me never an issue and I have a screen protector.
    10-02-2020 07:31 AM
  21. sweetypie31's Avatar
    Yes. Ever since Samsung went to the in screen fingerprint sensor it is slow and unreliable. Many on here insist there is no problem. Maybe they never used a real honest to gosh sensor like on the Note 9 or iPhone touchid. I've tried every trick and setting fix I've seen published but for me it still stinks. I'm lucky if it works two out of three tries. It forces me to slow down and concentrate on what should be an automatic reflexive action. Maybe I have bad fingerprints but my Note 9 sensor still works instantly everytime, so I refuse to just say it's me.
    I had the note 9 and I had more issues with the 9 than I had with my note 10 or my note 20 now. * shrugs*
    10-02-2020 08:41 AM
  22. 2ndHalfCor's Avatar
    I used the honest to gosh sensor on the note 9. I'll take the screen unlock all day long. I'm one of the many that insist there is no problem. It's a learning curve, some get it down some don't.
    Yeah, "You're holding it wrong!"
    10-02-2020 08:57 AM
  23. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    Yeah, "You're holding it wrong!"
    If you say so.
    10-02-2020 09:02 AM
  24. donm527's Avatar
    Yes. Ever since Samsung went to the in screen fingerprint sensor it is slow and unreliable. Many on here insist there is no problem. Maybe they never used a real honest to gosh sensor like on the Note 9 or iPhone touchid. I've tried every trick and setting fix I've seen published but for me it still stinks. I'm lucky if it works two out of three tries. It forces me to slow down and concentrate on what should be an automatic reflexive action. Maybe I have bad fingerprints but my Note 9 sensor still works instantly everytime, so I refuse to just say it's me.
    I agree in my experience... TouchID is probably the most consistent biometric I've experienced on a phone... I don't remember when it didn't work. Capacitive rocks and no real issues with it except you had to make space for a hole either at below the screen or on the back... too bad they didn't think of putting them on the side of metal frame sooner.

    I had a "real" sensor with the Note 8 and now if I had to look back and think about how well it worked for the last 3 years, I'd be surprised if it has a total success rate of over 25%. Tried all the tricks of multiple registers and even trying to do stuff like double-tap or triple-tap on the sensor to get it to read and count it as one-attempt. In the end I went with Iris unlock over most of those 3 years. That's why when I heard and read about the in-glass FPS the past couple years, I was not looking forward to anything much better.

    But since day one, I have been pleasantly surprised how well it has worked on the N20U... and with TPU screen protector on top of that! For the last three years, I'd press on the sensor on my Note 8 and wonder every time if it's gonna read it. I've now been able to use my phone and not have that pop in my mind when I do. It's not perfect... I'd say failure rate easily less than 10% but I think it's because of trying to find the sensore area when screen black... it'll be good for future owners with 2nd gen sensor area being bigger.

    Is it just you then?? I don't think so.. it just seems Samsung sensors don't work as well "for everyone" like other types out there like TouchID. But compared to past phones on past Samsung phone sections here... this is probably the quietest it's been as far as tallking about the FPS. This variation seems to be working the best so far for more people.

    With that said, I wouldn't have minded if they went with capacitive on the side like they did with the smaller Note 20 but I'm happy with the FPS on the N20U.
    10-02-2020 09:16 AM
  25. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Yes. Ever since Samsung went to the in screen fingerprint sensor it is slow and unreliable. Many on here insist there is no problem. Maybe they never used a real honest to gosh sensor like on the Note 9 or iPhone touchid. I've tried every trick and setting fix I've seen published but for me it still stinks. I'm lucky if it works two out of three tries. It forces me to slow down and concentrate on what should be an automatic reflexive action. Maybe I have bad fingerprints but my Note 9 sensor still works instantly everytime, so I refuse to just say it's me.
    It's not just you, however many aren't not having any issue. Dry skin is an issue or if you have trouble recording the prints you could have issues.
    10-02-2020 10:15 AM
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