Samsung Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor slow? Try this tip

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In October 2019 reports of a serious fingerprint glitch on Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Note 10 smartphones started doing rounds, forcing Samsung to respond by promising to fix the issue via a software update.

A hotfix was released, but the usual delay in rolling out OTA updates meant that some banks could not take any chances, thus disabling the use of a fingerprint for authenticating transactions on the S10.

The bug-fixing update started rolling out in Korea before arriving on the global units a short while later.

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Galaxy S10 is the first Samsung flagship phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner

The days to follow saw the update spread out to carrier variants in the U.S., with those who didn’t get it immediately having the option to force the update.

While stories of this fingerprint bug have since died, multiple Galaxy S10 users have been experiencing a slow fingerprint sensor since upgrading their phones to the latest One UI 2.0 based on Android 10.

Rather than respond immediately and unlock the phone, sometimes it takes multiple tries to get the sensor to scan the fingerprint, something that is pretty annoying. On the brighter side, there is a workaround for this issue.

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Workaround for a slow Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor (Source)

In case the “keep your finger on the sensor a little longer” error message keeps popping up, you might just be doing it a little too fast. Try resting your finger on the sensor for about 1/3 of a second and it should work, just like it did for many others in this Reddit thread.

The Galaxy S10 has only received one software update since switching to Android 10, but it seems there weren’t any significant improvements to the fingerprint scanner. Maybe in the next update? No one knows, but we will let you know if it does include fingerprint improvements.

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