[Updated] Xiaomi Mi A3 Android 10 update messed up fingerprint scanner? You're not alone (potential workaround inside)
This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..
Original story (from March 01) follows:
Xiaomi Mi A3 users consider themselves unlucky. Most of them bought their units in the hope of getting updates before anyone else. They didn’t know the company would do the exact opposite with the Android 10 build.
As a participant of Android One program, you might think the smartphone has the capability to secure updates without considerable delay. It wasn’t the case though! After a number of confusions and purported details, Android 10 went live yesterday.
Better late than never, they say! So, the consumers celebrated the arrival, why don’t they? Twenty-four hours into the release, many of them wish they hadn’t installed the update. There’re numerous issues bugging the units!
Let me address the prominent one first, the buggy fingerprint scanner. Before delving into the issue, you have to know they changed the implementation a bit. Prior to the update, you could unlock the phone using a fingerprint reader even when the screen was off.
Once you install Android 10 on Mi A3, the feature just disappears. There’re a whole bunch of people who couldn’t get the fingerprint scanner to work no matter what! Among them, some reported they can use the reader for app unlocking. Have a look at the user concerns from different platforms.
Fingerprint unlock option not coming on lock screen after Android 10 update. Most probably after Lockdown feature use. After restart fingerprint option comes back but doesn’t let unlock without pin, and then fingerprint doesn’t show again to unlock. I’m stuck to use pin. Fingerprint option not coming.
As per user reports, you can evade this issue by using the following workaround (temporary solution for getting back the fingerprint icon with screen off, might not help all):
Firstly, make sure the “Show fingerprint icon when the screen is off” option is enabled. For this, go to Settings→ Security→ Fingerprint→ Type your Pattern/Password→ Show fingerprint icon when the screen is off. Then go to Settings→ Display→ Advanced→ Lock screen display and enable “New notifications.” Now with the screen off, double-tap on the screen and the fingerprint icon will appear.
You can find many such threads (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) pertaining to Mi A3’s fingerprint scanner bug present on Android 10. Like fuel into the fire, we could find out other bugs as well (including system lags, dark mode issues, micro SD recognition troubles, etc). Read them by yourself!
Preliminary bug count in # Android10 for # MiA3 . – Fingerprint sensor does not unlock. – The camera closes in Pro mode. – Does not recognize microSD cards. – “Customize your Mi A3” persistent in settings. – Qualcomm diagnostic tool forgotten in settings.
#android10 for #mia3 is too buggy.
• Fingerprint scanner not working
• Notification LED keeps blinking
• Battery draining very fast
• Face unlock doesn’t work in the dark
• Front camera quality degraded
Pls address all of these.
Going by the track record of the brand, we do think they might pull the buggy build. If it happens, you can see an update to this story at the bottom. In the meantime, don’t forget to check our Xiaomi section for similar news.
Update 1 (March 03)
The rollout has been stopped due to bugs. Complete coverage here.
Update 2 (March 06)
Mi A3 users are now getting a bugfix beta update. Complete story here.
Update 3 (March 07)
Going by the latest information coming from Xiaomi support, Mi A3 may get Android 10 by the end of this month. For complete coverage, head here.
Update 4 (March 18, 2020)
Mi A3 owners have a new version of Android 10 with a new security patch for March 2020 and bug fixes for the fingerprint issue and more. The update is available for those coming from Pie as well as those who got the buggy Android 10 update a few weeks ago. Check out the full story here.
Update 5 (March 19, 2020)
According to reports, the update to Android 10 for the Mi A3 has been pulled. Catch the full story here.
Update 6 (April 13, 2020)
Disappointed with the buggy Android 10 push and pull game, Mi A3 owners are asking for refunds. Head here for the complete coverage.
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