You can now unlock your Windows 10 computer using your Samsung smartphone.
A new update to Samsung’s Flow app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, has added support for unlocking Windows 10 devices that are using Microsoft’s Windows Hello feature.
Windows Hello enable users to log into their device by using facial or fingerprint recognition – the days of having to type a password are so 2016.
In order to use the new feature you will need one of two things:
A compatible Samsung device that has a fingerprint scanner, which runs Android Marshmallow or later, and which has the Samsung Flow app installed.
You will also need a Windows 10 PC or laptop that is compatible with Windows Hello, that runs the Windows 10 Creators Update and has the Samsung Flow app downloaded from the Windows Store.
You then need to pair the two devices via Bluetooth. Once paired, open up the Windows Hello settings and click on ‘Register Device’. You’ll then be given a passcode which you need to enter to complete the process.
You should now be able to unlock your PC using the fingerprint scan from your Samsung device.
The Samsung devices which are compatible are as follows:
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy A5
Samsung Galaxy A7
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Microsoft says: “Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and most PCs with fingerprint readers already work with Windows Hello, and more devices that can recognise your face and fingerprint will be available in the future”.
To check if your Windows 10 device is compatible go to:
Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Click on the Windows Hello subheader.
If you see “Windows Hello isn’t available on this device”, then your device is not compatible.
If that message isn’t displayed – hoorah!
H/T: The Verge