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How do I get rid of fingerprint scanning on my Samsung Tab S2?


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#1 timbo59

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 04:41 PM

I have always found the fingerprint scanner a pain in the butt on the Galaxy Tab S2, regardless of the security it offers. What doesn't help is that the case for my tablet is pretty tight round the scanning button, on top of which I use sandpaper a lot in my rehab work which means that I tend to sand my prints down while holding the paper, making it difficult for the reader to read the print on my first finger. In the past it hasn't been more than a mild annoyance, but this morning the tablet asked me if I wanted to update the Android software, and the result has been that I now have to deal with an even more annoying aspect where the OS won't offer me the option to key in the backup password, instead giving me a time delay to try reading my fingerprint again. I got it up to a five minute delay before I gave up in frustration - I'm essentially locked out of my tablet! 

 

I either have to find a way to go back to the old version of the OS, or I need to find a means to disable the damned fingerprint scanner, which I'd prefer. Can anyone please point the way?

 

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 06:02 PM

I'm not familiar with that model. Most tablets would have it under Settings -> Security- > Screen lock. Or, if it's like my old Tab 2, Settings -> Lock screen -> Screen lock. My Tab 2 didn't do fingerprint locking, though, so I can't be sure of the settings naming.



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Posted 16 July 2016 - 06:02 PM

Take a look here: How do I remove a fingerprint on my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2?

If no fingerprints are registered the lock type is not enabled.

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:09 PM

First problem is to just get in, and I'm really getting frustrated - I wish I'd never allowed the damn thing to update the Android software. I took the tablet to Best Buy, where I bought it 4 - 5 months ago, thinking the Samsung rep might know something. He played with it, got the delay out to 60 minutes now, and simply said the only way I could fix it was to log into my google account and change the security settings there, claiming it wasn't an issue with the tablet, but with the software. I couldn't find a thing and ended up wondering if the guy just BS'ed me to get rid of me. Once I can get in I will disable that fricking fingerprint feature once and for all, but until I can get in I can't. I don't understand why it isn't giving me the backup password option - as soon as I hit the fingerprint reader it automatically bumps up the time delay on trying to access the unit. Normally you play with it until it gives up and pops up the keypad to put in the backup password. 






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