Use the fingerprint sensor except for unlocking?

Hi everyone,

I am new to both /e/ and Android and have a ton of questions. I hope it’s ok to extensively use this forum.

I would like to use the fingerprint sensor on my device for unlocking apps; however, I do not want to use it for unlocking my phone. My reasoning behind this is that the fingerprint is not really secure but offers a lot oft convenience, so as some kind of middle ground I’d like to use the sensor if and only if my system has been unlocked via PIN previously.

However, it only seems possible to register a fingerprint and use it for unlocking. Is this true or can I somehow prevent this without deleting my fingerprint altogether?



Hi, and welcome to android! My advice to you, is that often the best to do is mess with the settings. Like, all the settings. In-app, system, everything.

For this speech issue, I would add fingerprints in system, set lock mode to whatever you want, then go to the apps you need and set the mode to fingerprint there. …
hope it works for you!

This is a really interesting question, because I really want to configure my fingerprint only to login into apps but not to unlock my phone.

I’d be interested to read/share the solution here!


Unfortunately, @donut3’s suggestion is not working for me. In the settings, I registered my fingerprint, and thereby I can unlocking the phone via fingerprint although the unlock mode is set to PIN.

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Hi @ynnetch, so sorry to hear it 's failing…
I must say that I don’t know another solution.
This may not be possible… I don’t know

Sad :confused:

Moreover, do anyone have any good article to share about how (not) secure the fingerprint is?