Tips & Tricks

Galaxy S8 Tip: Use fingerprint sensor gestures to access the notification shade

We’ve already brought you a long list of Galaxy S8 Tips & Tricks to help you get the most out of your new Samsung flagship smartphone. Today, we have another one. You must already know that the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor is placed at the back, alongside the camera. The difference of opinion regarding the new placement notwithstanding, the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor has another trick up its sleeve besides controlling access to the device.

The fingerprint sensor supports gestures which can be used to open and close the notification shade. You swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to open the shade and up to close it. This feature can be located inside the Settings menu and is disabled by default.

Here’s how you can enable it on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+:

Step 1: Open the Settings app from the app drawer or by tapping on the gear icon in the notification shade.


Step 2: Tap on Advanced Features followed by Finger sensor gestures


Step 3: Turn the toggle ON.

That’s it. That’s all you need to do to enable the finger sensor gesture feature on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+. It’s pretty easy to enable this feature and it does make life easier if you’re using the fingerprint sensor as the primary screen lock type on your phone.


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Thats a cool feature but i wouldn’t say i’m a midget, but find i hard to hold and reach the finger sensor one handed.

I had tennis elbow and the S8+ is playing havoc with hand and forearm strain, defaulting to two handed operation (thats all sounds a bit ominous).


It is a great feature, its just a shame you cannot swipe twice for extended view of toggles.