The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have managed to stay in the spotlight for all sorts of reasons. While the device has really impressive hardware, bugs and issues affecting Android 12 users have ruined the overall user experience for many.

Just a few days after its release, users had complained about the fingerprint scanner is slow and inconsistent.

Now, many Pixel 6 owners say that the fingerprint scanner’s brightness is blinding them whenever they unlock their devices at night.


The flash/bright light when using the fingerprint scanner on the P6 pro is blinding, especially at night. Is there any way to disable that light but still use the scanner? I tried turning accessibility->animations off but that didn’t help. (Also this setting affects more than just the fingerprint animation right? What else does it do?) Thanks!

This is probably the only issue I’ve run into with my new pixel, so I’m hoping there’s a quick fix. I use my phone in bed pretty regularly, and when I do I always dim the screen to the minimum brightness; however, the finger print scanner on the lock screen lights up white with basically full brightness any time I use it to unlock my phone. My finger covers most of it, but not all of it and the light halfway blinds me every single time. Is there a way to adjust the brightness of the scanner?

This is really frustrating if you are someone who wants uses their phone before sleeping or in darkness. Some are wondering if there is a way to adjust the fingerprint scanner’s brightness or disable it altogether.

Unfortunately, it looks like there is no way to adjust the fingerprint scanner brightness since it is an optical sensor that needs to light up to scan a fingerprint.

Moreover, some device owners want Google to bring back the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner since it is easy to access and faster than Google’s implementation of in-display scanner.

I’m fine with in-display, but I don’t understand why it’s better than rear mounted. Yeah, you can unlock it without having to pick it up, but how often are you actually using your phone without picking it up? Would love to see the return of rear-mounted for the Pixel 7

For me, half of the problem is having to also wake the phone via the screen. Having a hardware sensor was really just perfect. There was no improvement to be made so they just made everything worse I guess.

Since adjusting the in-display fingerprint sensor brightness is impossible on the Pixel 6, do you think Google should ditch it in favor of the rear-mounted scanner in future Pixel phones?

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Anurag Chawake
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My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.

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