With increasing use of digital gadgets, people have become more conscious of security of data stored in the gadgets. This has called for innovative security features from brands that manufacture such devices. Apple has already launched Touch ID feature in its flagship iPhone. Samsung, which is a close competitor of Apple, doesn’t want to lag behind in this race to offer security features in their communication devices.
The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has one such feature that quickly sets it apart from other phones; the feature is iris scanner.
In simple words, iris scanner scans your eyes; to be specific, it scans your iris, which is normally used for biometric authentication. In this process, scanner scans unique aspects of your eye like its shape and depth. While scanning your iris, the scanner employs two important hardware materials to achieve accuracy: front facing camera sensor and an infrared sensor. This facility stops any other person from using any static entity like a photo or somebody’s face.
Is it the only reliable scanner for authentication?
No, iris scanner is one of the options to validate yourself; users can use this feature along with other authentication like password, PIN, and pattern. This means, iris scanning doesn’t replace any other ways of logging in. Iris scanner in Note 7 is not always as trustworthy as fingerprint sensor. However, you can use iris scanner in the event when fingerprint sensor fails to work. This means, users should use iris scanner when their fingers are damaged, wet, or covered under gloves.
How to Set up Iris Scanner on Galaxy Note 7
You can set up iris scanner when you use your Galaxy Note 7 for the first time. If you didn’t set up then, you can set up from Settings menu of your Note 7.
Step #1: Pull down notification menu on Note 7.
Step #2: Tap on Settings.
Step #3: Tap on Lock screen and security option.
Step #4: Now tap on Irises.
Step #5: Type in your security PIN code, password or pattern.
Step #6: Read instructions and then tap on Continue.
Step #7: Follow the next steps to set up iris scanner.
Step #8: After completing all the steps, tap on Turn on.
Step #9: As an alternative, you can enable Web sign-in and Verify Samsung account.
Your iris scanner is now set up. To check how it works, just turn on your phone and swipe up on the lock screen.
How to Improve the Reliability of the Iris Scanner on your Galaxy Note 7
Samsung helps you in making sure that your iris scanner works smoothly whenever you turn on your Note 7.
Step #1: Do not wear eyewear or colored contact lenses; better to remove glasses while scanning your iris.
Step #2: Keep a safe distance between your eyes and your Note 7 screen; distance of 25-35cm (9.8-13.7 inches) is recommended.
Step #3: Look at the camera of your Note 7 and not the screen; hold your device parallel to your eyes.
Step #4: Keep your eyes wide open while scanning in progress.
Step #5: Do not scan iris in direct sunlight.
Step #6: Make sure that IR sensor and iris scanner camera lenses are neat and clean; if there are any smudges or scratches, wipe out them.