It’s been awhile since fingerprint sensors have left the novelty phase. Available on almost every smartphone now, the biometric solution has replaced the archaic pattern/PIN lock system. However, despite that, it’s also a relatively underused tool apart from unlocking your phone. Hence, in this article, we walk you through a bunch of different applications and tips for the fingerprint sensor.
Improve the Accuracy
While most manufacturers have begun to include better quality sensors in their products, these components do wear out over time and even sometimes become the victim of an aging software. Fortunately, there’s a workaround available which might partially elude you from obtuse response times. The trick is to add the same fingerprint twice instead of once. This, although, doesn’t always prove useful. In most scenarios, reconfiguring the biometric should suffice. In addition to that, if your phone comes with a glass-based sensor, clear the stains out with a piece of cloth.
Gestures and Actions
Another nifty use case for fingerprint sensors is, of course, gesture-based actions. A better part of the industry has been updating its software with intuitive gestures already. However, if your phone’s OEM doesn’t or you are looking for a bit more, download this free app titled “Fingerprint Quick Action”.
The app comes with a plethora of options you can look into for getting the most out of your fingerprint reader. For starters, it lets you define actions which are triggered when you single/double tap or quick/slow swipe over the module. There is a range of actions you can link including “go home”, “expand notifications panel”, “take screenshot” or just launch any custom app or shortcut. Moreover, if you have a rooted phone and “Xposed” installed, you can achieve a more granular control on how it functions.
The ability to lock apps hasn’t been ever so convenient thanks to fingerprint sensors. You can, as a result, simply unlock your private data with a tap of a finger, literally. To get started, head over to the Play Store and download this free app.
Once done, fire it up, create a master PIN, enable fingerprint unlock and select the apps you’d like to put a shield on. All set. Now, whenever you open those apps, you’ll have to pass an extra layer of security. The app comes with a slew of other features including the ability to take a picture whenever it detects an intruder, specific notification block and more.
Next up – password managers. Fingerprint authentication can also be turned on for signing into various websites or accessing your password database on these apps. Not every platform is compatible yet, though. However, all the leading ones including 1Password, LastPass, Enpass have support for it. The option for enabling this is usually available in the “security” section of your preferred manager’s settings.
Google Play Purchases
Lastly, you can use the fingerprint reader for validating Google Play purchases whether it’s movies, books or apps. To get this feature, launch the Play Store app on your phone, swipe right from the left edge and tap “settings”. There, check the “fingerprint authentication” option, type in your Google password and you’re done.
Those were some of the tips and apps you can use for getting the most out of your phone’s fingerprint sensor. Do let us know in the comments section if we missed any good one.