Windows 10 devices can now be unlocked using a Samsung device, as the mobile device maker recently updated its Flow app on the Play Store, now adding support for unlocking Windows 10 devices device using the Windows Hello feature built into the operating system. .
Windows Hello is another way to sign in to your Windows 10 device and all it takes is a touch of your finger or a scan of your face, no need to type passwords.
For this feature to work, you’ll need two things:
- A Samsung device with a fingerprint scanner, running Android Marshmallow or later, and with the Samsung Flow app installed.
- A Windows 10 PC that supports Windows Hello, is running the Creators Update, and has the Samsung Flow app from the Windows Store installed.
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If you mentioned things in order, all you need to do is pair your Windows and Samsung device via Bluetooth. Once the Bluetooth pairing is complete, go to the Windows Hello page and click the ‘Register Device’ button and confirm with the passcode. Now, to complete the process, you will need to enter your PIN.
Once this is done, you will be able to unlock your Windows 10 PC with your fingerprint through any compatible Samsung phone or tablet. Please note that you will need to enroll a fingerprint on your Samsung device before it starts.
Devices compatible with Samsung Flow
- 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
How to check if your PC supports Windows Hello
According to Microsoft, “Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and most PCs with fingerprint readers already work with Windows Hello, and more devices that can recognize your face and fingerprint will be available in the future. May You can also sign in to your PC with Windows Hello companion devices, such as the Microsoft Band and some Windows 10 phones.”
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- Go to Windows 10 Settings
- Click on ‘Accounts’
- Click ‘Login Options’ on the left panel
- You’ll see the Windows Hello subheading near the top of the page.
- If you don’t see this: ‘Windows Hello is not available on this device’, then your PC is supported.
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