Are you happy with in-screen fingerprint sensors in 2020?

Galaxy S20 Plus Fingerprint Sensor
Galaxy S20 Plus Fingerprint Sensor (Image credit: Android Central)

Good biometrics are a key component of any smartphone. The importance of having a fingerprint sensor or face unlock system that you can rely on cannot be overstated, but even so, it's a feature that tends to be overlooked by things like the display, processor, cameras, etc.

Fingerprint sensors, in particular, have changed a lot in recent years. We still have traditional capacitive sensors on the backs of some phones, but thanks to the constant reduction of bezels, in-screen sensors are just as common.

A few of our AC forum members recently got to talking about in-screen fingerprint sensors (specifically, the one on the Galaxy Note 20), and this is what they had to say:

Works great. Probably the best.


I have the regular 20 and it works perfectly no issues at all and I have a screen protector on mine.


Mine works fine most of the time. Sometimes I do have to try multiple times. It's certainly not as fast as the unit on the Note 9, for me.


It works so much better than my Note 10+ did. That phone was constantly locking me out. This one works on the first try almost every time. I love the FPS on this device.


This has us wondering — Are you happy with in-screen fingerprint sensors in 2020?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • I am, and it's like any sensor. The more you use it the better it improves. I remember I was hesitant of the iris scanner on my Note 9. It was sluggish and inaccurate. But the more I used it the better it worked to the point it unlocked while I was in the steamy shower or dark room. I haven't used any other phone's scanner, but the one on Samsungs works great for me.
  • I was sooo looking forward to the in screen FPS. Unfortunately, I have been extremely disappointed by it's performance on my Note20 Ultra. I have issues not only with it recognizing my FPs, but even registering them on my dominant hand. I do NOT even have a screen protector on my device and have also tried the settings adjustment via the tube video with the biometrics /app battery optimizer. I can't tell you how disappointed I am, because it's one of the features I was looking forward to most..😞
  • It's ok. It recognizes my fingers fine, but it miss registers the rest of my hand as an attempt when I just hope my phone. So I end up needing to use my password far to often. I also don't have the best luck hitting the sensor when the screen is off. I end up being just off the sensor. The area is just too small.
  • I've been perfectly happy with the fingerprint sensor in my S20+, coming from my LG G6 with a physical one. I heard a ton of bellyaching about it and have no idea why people are having problems. It rarely ever fails to unlock and is fast enough. I think the trick for me was actually rotating the phone when I registered my fingerprints. Hard to position the fingers wrong and get a bad reading.
  • Yes very happy with it on my Huawei Mate 20 pro, it's a revolutionary technology and it can only get better. It's the sort of thing you expect to see in 2020 and beyond, it's the 21st century after all.
    I look forward to the under-screen front facing cams next, and the further development of foldable screens on a myriad of devices.
  • Works mostly well on my Oneplus 7T, but I still prefer the rear-sensor on my Oneplus 6 and Pixel 4a.
  • I have a Note 10+ and I'm more than happy with it! No issues!!
  • Works fine on my OnePlus 7T (2019 phone). Can't say I never have an issue but when I do it is usually my fault.