Samsung Galaxy S7 User Guide

Set Up Fingerprint Sensor

Setting up the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge's fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone can save you many precious seconds every day. Plus, fingerprint verification is a convenient way to authorize Samsung Pay transactions. Here's how get it all set up.

1. Swipe down from the home screen.

2. Tap the Settings icon on the top right.

3. Scroll down and select Lock Screen And Security.

4. Press Fingerprints.

5. Hit Add Fingerprint at the top. 

6. Pick an unlock method for your phone as a backup. You can choose from Pattern, Pin and Password.

7. Create your passcode.

8. Lay your finger on the home button and lift it once you feel a vibration. Repeat this step until the circle on the screen fills up to 100 percent. You may have to do this about a dozen times.

9. Select your notifications display options to decide what is shown on your phone's lock screen.

10. Hit Done at the bottom of the screen.

Cherlynn Low

Cherlynn is Deputy Editor, Reviews at Engadget and also leads the site's Google reporting. She graduated with a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University before joining Tom's Guide and its sister site LaptopMag as a staff writer, where she covered wearables, cameras, laptops, computers and smartphones, among many other subjects.

  • Metalshaper
    ATT Settings-Device-Applications-Messages-Emergency Alert Settings-Emergency alerts. Turn of buttons.
  • Frank811
    There is no "more" at the upper right of my call screen, just "delete." Verizon S7.
  • Juliemorrison
    On the S7 am I able to change the size of the keyboard buttons?
  • techlikeme
    The Swipe palm gesture works for me the best.
  • andrew.may003
    These instructions are out of date for Oreo (Android 8) - it would be nice to see them updated.
  • 6008lubkin
    I am still getting calls from blocked numbers. What next?