Best Ways to Use the Fingerprint Scanner on Your Android Device

The fingerprint scanner on your phone is a very important and convenient security feature. Once set up, you can easily unlock your phone by just placing your finger over the scanner for a few seconds. Before the fingerprint scanner was included in phones, you had to type in a pin or a password; or draw a pattern to unlock your phone.

Apart from unlocking your phone, the fingerprint scanner on your phone can be used for several other purposes. If your phone is running on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher versions, there are several apps that will support the use of the fingerprint scanner.

The apps do not require you to register a new fingerprint, they use the one already registered and saved in your phone. This piece highlights several apps that can be compatible with the fingerprint scanner on your phone.

  1. Journey - Diary, Journal

    Journey – Diary, Journal

    Journal is a lifestyle app that helps you write and store personal journals and notes in your phone. The app can also be used as a diary. To ensure that your information is secure from unauthorized access, the app comes with a fingerprint feature that asks for your fingerprint every time you need to access your journals and diary.

  2. Focus - Picture Gallery

    Focus – Picture Gallery

    Focus is an incredible photography app that helps to manage all the photos and videos in your device. Apart from its sleek look and convenience, the app also offers security features for your media files. You can choose between setting up a pin/password, pattern or fingerprint to protect your images and videos.

  3. AppLock - Fingerprint

    AppLock – Fingerprint

    As the name suggests, Applock is a tool that helps to prevent unauthorized access to your apps by locking them with a pin, password, pattern or fingerprint. To use the fingerprint option, you just have to select the apps that you wish to lock and select the fingerprint option as the security method that you wish to use. Every time you wish to access an app that is locked, you will be required to scan your fingerprint on your phone’s fingerprint scanner.

  4. LastPass Password Manager

    LastPass Password Manager

    LastPass is a productivity app that will help you manage your passwords and generate strong and secure passwords. With LastPass, you don’t have to worry about remembering all your passwords, they will be securely saved for you in the app. The app supports fingerprint unlock that acts as a security feature for the app. To access your saved passwords, you will have to scan your fingerprint on the scanner.  

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