How to Fix the Slow Fingerprint Scanner on Your Pixel 6

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Photo: Mr.Mikla (Shutterstock) – Here’s how to repair a fingerprint scanner issue on your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro. Many of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s features have been appreciated, however the fingerprint sensor on both devices has been criticized. Because it doesn’t take up any screen real estate, Google’s in-display fingerprint reader, introduced this year, is fantastic in principle (or any real estate on the phone, for that matter).

In spite of the fact that no one has criticized Google’s decision to place the scanner under the display (Google is far from the first to do so, after all), critics and users alike have slammed its performance. There is no face scanning option here, so you either have to deal with it or use your PIN entirely. Many people find it excessively sluggish and cumbersome.

The fingerprint sensor has been improved in a recent Pixel update

The sluggish sensor appears to be a thing of the past, at least for now. On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Google released an unexpected Pixel update that signals the issue has been fixed or at least addressed. In addition to the SD1A.210817.037 upgrade, Verizon Pixel smartphones feature an additional “A1” version of the phone’s software. Initially, it was unclear what these upgrades were intended to accomplish, but Verizon eventually revealed the truth.

According to Verizon’s A1 update changelog, “The latest software update enhances the performance of your fingerprint sensor.” However, it’s still a big step in the right direction despite the fact that the description doesn’t explicitly say “the fingerprint sensor is as quick as you’d want.”

Real-world testing is needed to determine whether or not Google’s in-display fingerprint sensor is now equivalent to other designs on the market. Even if you don’t own one of these two devices, you should absolutely have it updated as soon as possible.

How to upgrade your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro to the latest version of Google’s Android software

In order to begin, open the Settings app on your smartphone or tablet. On this page, scroll down and hit System > System Update. If there is a new update, it will be listed here. Just follow the on-screen directions and you’ll have it up and running in no time.