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What to do when your Samsung phone fails to recognize on-screen fingerprint

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Samsung provides a facility to set up a screen lock, which helps to secure your Galaxy phone or tablet. Your private data is completely protected by a multi-layered security platform. Each time you turn on your device or wake up the screen, you’ll be asked to unlock your device, with your chosen passcode.

Samsung devices also support a fingerprint scanner along with passcodes, facial recognition, pin, a pattern screen lock which prevents others from accessing information saved on your device.

Samsung’s fingerprint sensor provides a convenient and secure way to unlock your phone and keeps your personal information safe. If you are having trouble using your fingerprint sensor there are a few things to consider.

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Check for common issues with fingerprint recognition on phones:

Step 1

Make sure you are using a Samsung screen protector.

  • Some Galaxy phones come with a pre-installed screen protector that will work with the in-screen fingerprint sensor. If the in-screen fingerprint sensor isn’t working, it’s possible that another screen protector has been installed on top.
  • An uncertified screen protector may interfere if it covers or touches the in-screen fingerprint sensors.
  • If the screen protector was replaced with a non-Samsung-certified screen protector, you may need to register your fingerprints again.

Remove protective cases.

  • If a phone case covers or touches the fingerprint sensor, or prevents your finger from touching it, it can interfere with the sensor’s operation.

Moisturize your hands.

  • No matter where the fingerprint sensor is located, the sensor may not work if your fingers are too dry or chapped. It may be helpful to moisturize your hands with hand lotion. But keep in mind the touch screen and fingerprint sensor may not recognize overly wet fingers.

Inspect the screen and fingerprint sensor for scratches and dirt.

  • Scratches or dirt may cause recognition issues with the fingerprint sensor.
  • The phone may not recognize fingerprints that are affected by wrinkles or scars. Fingers that are particularly small or slim may also not be recognized.

Move to a cooler or warmer environment.

  • The sensor may not work well if the phone is in an extremely hot or cold environment.

Step 2

Remove stored fingerprints.

  • Navigate to Settings.
  • Tap Biometrics and security.
  • Then tap Fingerprints. Select one of the stored fingerprints you’d like to delete.
  • Tap Remove, and then tap Remove again to confirm. Repeat these steps to delete any other saved fingerprints.

Reregister your fingerprints.

  • While you are still in the Fingerprints settings, tap Add fingerprint. Follow the on-screen instructions to register a new fingerprint.

Follow these tips for registering fingerprints.

  • Hold the phone naturally, the same way you normally hold it.
  • If your phone asks you to touch the sensor multiple times, move your finger slightly each time.
  • Cover the entire sensor when touching it.
  • Register more than one finger.

Hey, Camila is here! From the very beginning, I love using Samsung phones like a die-hard fan. Apart from detailing One UI features for readers, I love exploring different apps of the Samsung ecosystem with a cup of tea!

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Here’s how to use the clipboard function on One UI 6.1 devices

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Samsung Language core update

One UI 6.1 devices have a new feature that lets you access and manage your clipboard more easily. The clipboard is where you can store texts and images that you copy from other apps or websites.

The clipboard function is now part of the keyboard toolbar. You can customize the keyboard toolbar by adding or removing icons as you like.

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To use the clipboard function, you need to do the following:

  • Open the keyboard by tapping on a text input field.
  • Tap on the more icon (···) on the right side of the keyboard toolbar to see all the icons.
  • Tap on the clipboard icon to open the clipboard window, where you can see all the items that you have copied.
  • Tap on the item that you want to paste in the text input field, or tap on the delete icon to remove the item from the clipboard.

You can also add the clipboard icon to the keyboard toolbar for quicker access. To do this, you need to open the keyboard by tapping on a text input field >> Tap on the more icon (···) >> Press and hold the clipboard icon and drag it to the keyboard toolbar >> Release the clipboard icon when it is in the position that you want on the toolbar.

The clipboard function on One UI 6.1 devices is a handy feature that helps you copy and paste texts and images with ease. You can also adjust the keyboard toolbar to suit your needs and preferences.

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One UI 6.1: How to activate voice input feature on your keyboard

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With the release of One UI 6.1, Samsung has introduced a slight yet significant change to its keyboard interface, mainly related to the voice input feature. Users who are familiar with this feature button may now be puzzled by its new location.

The voice input button is a useful tool for dictating text messages or commands. It has been moved to the left side of the navigation bar with One UI 6.1. If you’re struggling to find it, then following a few steps will restore your voice-typing capabilities.

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First, make sure the keyboard button display is enabled.  To do that, visit Settings >> General Management >> Keyboard list and default >> Keyboard button on the navigation bar >> Tap on the toggle to enable it.

Once the keyboard button appears on the navigation bar, you can easily switch to voice input. Simply open the keyboard input window, tap the keyboard icon on the navigation bar, and select ‘Voice input’ from the available options.

This minor change is part of Samsung’s ongoing efforts to enhance the user experience by optimizing accessibility and convenience. By following these steps, you will continue to enjoy the seamless functionality of voice input on your device.

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Circle to Search: Hidden tricks for screen search on Samsung Galaxy S24 and Google Pixel 8

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One of the most innovative features that Google introduced at the Galaxy Unpacked event is Circle to Search. This feature is currently available on the Samsung Galaxy S24 and Google Pixel 8 series, which enhances the smartphone’s functionality and performance.

Circle to Search enables users to search their screen by drawing a circle over the text or image that they want to search. It can be activated by long-pressing on the home button or navigation bar and then using a finger to draw a circle around the desired content. A search bar will appear at the bottom of the screen, displaying relevant results from Google.

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However, some content may be too small or hidden by the search bar. In such cases, Circle to Search offers some solutions.

  • Users can move the search bar to the top of the screen by dragging it with one finger.
  • Users can also zoom in or out on the screen by using a two-finger pinch gesture.

These features are not widely announced, but they are very useful for selecting content that is difficult to see or reach.

Circle to Search is a useful feature that allows users to search their screen without leaving the current app. It can be used to look up words, definitions, translations, images, videos, news, and more. It also allows users to copy or share the selected content with a simple tap.

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