Here's how to enable or disable fingerprint gestures on the Galaxy S8 and S8+

One thing that's true for both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is that they are rather tall phones that definitely require some getting used to. Placing the fingerprint scanner that high definitely does not help with the overall usability of the phone.

As a saving grace, Samsung has thrown in a bunch of usability features that make handling the galaxy S8 and S8+ a bit easier. One of our favorite ones lets you swipe down the fingerprint scanner at the back in order to bring down the notification and quick toggles shade. This potentially saves your thumbs from painfully stretching all the way up to the top of the phone and also mitigates the risk of you dropping your new possession.

As we feel that this feature is something all Galaxy S8 users should know about, we've taken it upon ourselves to show you how to easily enable or disable it, whatever fits the bill.

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



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Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I have the S8, fingerprint scanner for gestures and unlocking the phone is great, every once in a great while my finger will touch the camera and I become kind of OCD about cleaning it. My friend who has the S8+ it seems like a chore and would be a drag getting used to I get that they didn't put it in the middle or anywhere else for aesthetics even tho Google did it and it looks alright? Other phones have the finger print sensor on the side like the nextbit robin? Any of you fellow nerd-a-renos have any idea why it couldn't be mounted on the side I would have got the S8+ if I wasn't worried about that because my S8 has long phone syndrome while the S8+ looks more spread out and not skeletor.

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Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Xperia phones have FPS on the sides.

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