How to unlock your Galaxy Note 8 with irises: A visual guide


Ever since the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has endowed its high-end handsets with iris scanners that essentially enable users to employ another layer of biometric security frontier.

Being the best large-screen phone Samsung has come up with so far, the Galaxy Note 8 is, of course, coming with this neat feature on board. In case you have a serious gripe with the awkward fingerprint scanner positioned at the upper rear of this rather tall device, then you'd likely want to use the built-in iris scanner given that it's so much easier and doesn't require you to fumble your way to the rear of the Note 8 aimlessly searching for that fingerprint scanner.

Enabling this feature is pretty easy, but we are still going to show you how to do it since it's a quite notable new feature that's likely to become a staple of Samsung's future flagship handsets.

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15 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1 huge tip that every reviewer keeps getting it wrong, is that you need to look at the sensor when it turns red, not the screen. This way it will unlock much much faster and will have way less issues. Mine works flawlessly with this technique.

4. chbanks512

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

100% agree. I do this as well and it opens within about half a second and it virtually never fails.

9. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Same here, mine also works like a charm flawlessly & never fails at all except under bright sun which will fail once(Samsung already advises to restrain from using in direct sunlight), apart from that it is one hell of a feature. Best part is, you don't have to swipe the screen to unlock it like iPhone X goes to homescreen directly. Apple is hiding the unlock lag of iPhone X under animations & compulsory swiping :D

12. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

I've been using the iris scanner for months and just now noticed the little red light. Thanks for that tip!!

13. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Iphonearena should write a guide for Apple users. It seems a bit confusing even for their master to demonstrate for the audiences. I am sure it would be great. You will make lot of money out of that article.

15. Furbal unregistered

Pro tip. So far only hindrance I have is glare on glasses. Unlocks damn near immediately otherwise

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Face ID < eyeID

3. twens

Posts: 1177; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Watch how the media will reduce trash talking iris scanner now that it’s the only option on the iPhone X.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple has face ID, , not iris scanning. Also, it's actually secure and can be used for payments. Iris scanner is just a fancy gimmick.

6. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

Face ID is so secure even the owner can't open their own phone without a pass code. HO HO HO !!!!!!!

8. nique0201

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Iris scanning can also be used for Samsung pay. Get your head out of your you know what ...

10. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

How ignorant one can be? I use my Irises for Samsung pay. Its the safest of them all & I don't have to worry a bit. Get over you stupidity please.

7. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Using S8+, face recognition is much consistent and much faster then iris scan.

11. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Also, do the initial iris recognition setup in complete darkness. No joke. I set mine up on my old Note7 in a dark closet and it has worked flawlessly in just about every situation, including bright light situations.

14. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Thanks for the tips. Good idea.

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