5 Additional Uses of Samsung Galaxy S7’s Fingerprint Sensor
Fingerprint sensors are now essential on Android devices and not just exclusive to flagship phones. They offer a convenient and secure way to unlock the device, eliminating the need for a PIN or pattern. Additionally, developers can integrate other features depending on the phone, such as launching apps, capturing photos, or locking third-party apps.
Today, we will explore the additional features that make Samsung Galaxy S7’s fingerprint sensor valuable. The Samsung fingerprint API is open to developers and with the Marshmallow update, the Galaxy S7 offers an impressive array of use cases for its fingerprint sensor, aside from simply unlocking the phone.
1. Lock Apps
Using a fingerprint for the lock screen protects your device from unauthorized access. However, it’s good to have a second layer of protection for important apps like Gallery, File Manager, WhatsApp, and others. If your device has smart unlocks, this second layer ensures your data is confidential.
Samsung Fingerprint API is open for developers. It can be used with 3rd-party apps to lock other apps, and there are many available on the Play Store. Among them, App Lock from Keep Safe stands out as one of the best. While other phones require pattern or PIN to lock apps, Samsung users can use the fingerprint sensor to secure their apps.
2. Auto Login to Websites
If you use the default browser on the Galaxy S7 and save passwords of frequently visited websites, the fingerprint sensor can provide an additional layer of security when entering login credentials. To enable this feature, go to “Fingerprint Settings” in the “Security Settings” menu.
Once enabled, whenever you are on a page that requires your saved credentials, you will get a popup to verify the fingerprint. If it’s a match, you will be automatically logged into the website.
3. Purchase Apps on Play Store
For security reasons, when you buy a paid app on the Play Store, you need to enter your Google credentials. But with the Samsung Galaxy S7, you can enable fingerprint authorization and use your fingerprint instead of typing the password.
This is a feature introduced in Marshmallow and first seen on Nexus devices. You can configure the settings to ask for a password every 30 minutes or every time you make a purchase.
4. Use Home Button Without Pressing the Button
Recent apps and back keys are touch buttons, but the home button requires a press, which seems outdated unless you come from an iPhone background. Many of us prefer a simple touch, like the one on the OnePlus 2.
If you agree and want to use the fingerprint sensor instead of the capacitive touch button, you can install and use the easyHome app for Samsung from the Play Store. We have already covered how to use the app, which you can check for a better understanding.
Note: Disable the quick camera launch gesture of double tapping the home button while using the app.
5. Integrate with 3rd Party Apps
Thanks to Marshmallow on the Samsung Galaxy S7, the fingerprint sensor can add extra security to apps that support Nexus Imprints. Apps like 1Password, LastPass, and PayPal have already integrated the Nexus Imprint feature, allowing fingerprint login.
Here is a list of apps that support Nexus Imprints and can be used on your Samsung Galaxy S7.
Here are 5 interesting ways you can use the Samsung Fingerprint sensor. How is it going with the Galaxy S7? Share your views in our discussion forum.
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