A slow fingerprint Scanner is actually a pain in the ass. Here’s how to fix the fingerprint scanner on your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro if it’s broken.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are praised for their many features, but the fingerprint reader on both devices has been a source of concern.
Google chose an in-display fingerprint scanner this year, which is great in principle because it allows for an edge-to-edge display without taking up any screen real estate (or any real estate on the phone, for that matter).
While no one has objected to Google placing the scanner beneath the display (after all, it is far from the first company to do so), critics and consumers have derided the scanner’s real functionality.
Many people complain that it’s way too slow to be useful, and because there’s no face-scanning option, you’ll have to suffer with it or rely only on your PIN.
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The fingerprint sensor has been improved in a recent Pixel update.
The slow sensor, thankfully, appears to be a thing of the past. The issue appears to have been patched, or at the very least addressed, according to an unexpected Pixel update released on Tuesday, Nov. 16. SD1A.210817.037 and SD1A.210817.037.A1 (the “A1” update is for Verizon Pixel devices) are two new upgrades for these phones.
While it was initially unclear what these updates were for, Verizon eventually revealed the truth. After this upgrade, we’ll need to witness real-world tests to see if the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro’s in-display fingerprint sensor is now equivalent to other similar designs on the market.
In any event, if you own one of these two devices, you should upgrade it as soon as possible.
How to keep your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro up to date in order to fix slow fingerprint scanner.
Open the Settings app to get started. Look for System > System Update near the bottom of the page. If there is an update available, it will be listed here. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to install it.