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

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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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posted on 14 Sep 2017, 04:54 15

1. maherk (Posts: 4996; Member since: 10 Feb 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 05:38 4

4. chbanks512 (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Mar 2017)


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

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 08:56 2

9. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 260; Member since: 10 Jan 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

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 11:59

12. DechyX (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2011)


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

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 12:53

13. Mr.Pussy (Posts: 167; Member since: 16 Feb 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 23:20

15. Furbal (Posts: 70; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Pro tip.

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

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 05:17 9

2. abdoualgeria (Posts: 846; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Face ID < eyeID

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 05:17 6

3. twens (Posts: 1099; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


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

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 06:44

5. nctx77 (Posts: 2489; Member since: 03 Sep 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 07:05 10

6. Panzer (Posts: 90; Member since: 13 May 2016)


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

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 08:30 6

8. nique0201 (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


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

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 08:59 3

10. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 260; Member since: 10 Jan 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 07:19 3

7. redmd (Posts: 1398; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


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

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 11:06 2

11. DnB925Art (Posts: 1070; Member since: 23 May 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 12:56

14. Mr.Pussy (Posts: 167; Member since: 16 Feb 2017)


Thanks for the tips. Good idea.

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