4 cool things you can do with the iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 7

What a way to start the day, huh? At an official event held in New York City, Samsung unveiled the long-anticipated Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. But chances are you're already aware of that, as our news feed is loaded with stories covering the announcement. You might also know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 features an iris scanner, just like the rumors predicted. Something you might not know, however, is what the iris scanner can be used for, so we'd like to bring some clarity on the matter. 

This first application of the iris scanner should be, ahem, obvious. It can be used to unlock the Galaxy Note 7, thus replacing the need to scan a fingerprint or input a PIN/pattern – great if your hands are wet or if you're simply not happy with the fingerprint scanner's reliability. While we have yet to test it thoroughly ourselves, the iris scanner should work in the dark. Or if the user is wearing glasses. Or if the user is wearing glasses in the dark.

But that's just the beginning. You see, Samsung has built the so-called Secure Folder into the Galaxy Note 7. Basically, it is a place where you put the stuff nobody else should have access to – private photos, videos, notes, contacts, even apps can be thrown in there. The iris scanner can be used to access the said Folder.

If you're a fan of Samsung's stock internet browser, you might be familiar with its option for logging in on websites with a fingerprint – the app stores your credentials and retrieves upon successful user identification. On the Galaxy Note 7, you'll be able to log in with an iris scan, should you prefer that method. What's more, you can enable the option to access Secret Mode only after an iris scan. 

Lastly, Samsung confirmed that it will be integrating the Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner into the Samsung Pass service. The purpose of the latter is to allow developers to integrate biometric identification into apps, which is why you might soon be able to log into PayPal, eBay, or your mobile baking with an iris scan on the Note 7. 

So, do you find the Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner useful? What else could it be used for? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Oh okay. I got another question then, more of a general question to everyone: Would you all still buy a tempered glass screen protector to put on top? Or buy something lightweight like a PET screen protector? .

3. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

No, it will look awkward because tempered galsses are flat. I don't know if there's a curved tempered glass but still no.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yes, there are some curved tempered glass out there...

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes I would. I did for my S6 Edge+. In fact for me the edge displays makes them easier to line up. All you have to do is make sure one side is lined up and boom...you're done. Now this is only if using a tempered glass. If you are using a plastic soft protector, then those are a pain for sure.

2. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Will this thing harm your eyes?

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If you put it close to your eyes, yes it could be harmful. I think they recommend a safe distance of 20 cm.

6. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Meh, better use fingerprint.

8. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Today they will say No!!! But if there is one thing I learned, ten years from now you would get the truth; they used to say the same thing about X-Ray, don't worry, they are safe. Use your judgment and common sence.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no.. its iris scanner not retina scanner

5. Nopers unregistered

Will it recognise my bell end like my touch sensor does.

7. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I like the secure folder idea. It's something I pestered MS about adding into Windows mobile 10. It uses iris scan to authenticate into OneDrive app, and you can use it on some apps to authenticate, those that support it through the api. But the folder is a great idea. As a 950XL owner I was pretty happy with my purchase when compared to anything out there currently. But now that this phone comes out I am actually sort of sad I didn't wait. The resell value of the 950XL is obviously not great. I also bought it day 1 which cost me an arm.

9. Unordinary unregistered

4 cool things you can do with the iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 7 after you take out your contacts or take off your glasses*

10. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Glad you put the Asterix, since the last time you made this comment someone produced a video of a man who used it with his contacts in.

12. Unordinary unregistered

Go ahead and pull up the videos from sites showing how its fail rate is high with contacts, **** rider

13. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

I really want to hear more about this "mobile baking" thing. It sounds delicious.

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