Access your funds with a single swipe of a finger
The Finger Scanner – don't call it a fingerprint scanner! – on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is more than just a gimmicky piece of hardware used to unlock your phone. OK, so it does unlock your phone, but one of the other neat things it can do is let you authenticate PayPal with a swipe of your finger.
It isn't set up by default – even if you've already registered at least one fingerprint on the phone – but it's not a difficult process to get done. Read on to see how.
You'll first of course need the PayPal app on your phone. This bit is important, since you need to get the PayPal app from Samsung Apps, not the Google Play Store. The version in the Play Store doesn't have the necessary bits built in to use fingerprint authentication.
You actually need to update an additional application to your Galaxy S5 before it will allow you to connect your fingerprint to your PayPal account. The NNL Fingerprint Passport as it's known allows you to use the registered fingerprints on your Galaxy S5 with FIDO Ready online services, such as PayPal. Don't worry about looking for it, you're prompted to download the updated protocols when you set things up.
Getting up and rolling is easy, though:
- Log in to your PayPal account with your username and password
- In the side menu, tap on settings
- About half way down you should see a menu item labelled Login Options
- This is where the Samsung app differs. You'll now see options to choose how you want to login that includes registering your fingerprint. Tap that menu item
- You're then asked to verify your password again
- Once you've entered your password, a box pops up prompting you to link your fingerprint to your account. Swiping your finger once should do the trick (it'll tell you if you were off center or anything.)
And that's all there is to it. Next time you go to login to the PayPal app instead of seeing a box asking you to verify your username and password, you'll be asked to swipe your finger. Especially convenient if – and you should absolutely be – you're using a particularly complex password.