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My favorite Samsung One UI (Android Pie) feature: Lift to wake screen

I love One UI, Samsung’s new UX that debuts with the Android Pie update. It’s beautiful in my opinion, the cartoonish app icons notwithstanding, and it’s a joy to use. It also comes with plenty of new features, both major and minor ones, but if I had to select a favorite, it would be the Lift to wake feature. What makes it fantastic is that on the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9, Lift to wake makes the iris sensor quite convenient to use.

‘Lift to wake’ + iris sensor makes for convenient device unlocking

With Lift to wake enabled, one can just bring the phone up to their face and have it automatically scan the eyes and unlock the phone, without requiring any button presses. Of course, it works just as well with Intelligent Scan, which scans both the eyes and the face for authentication. I had stopped using the iris sensor once Samsung moved the fingerprint sensor below the camera on the Galaxy S9, but I’ve enabled it again on Android Pie all thanks to Lift to wake. 

Sadly, Lift to wake may be less useful with the Galaxy S10, which is expected to ditch the iris sensor because of the new Infinity-O design. Facial recognition will still be available, though, possibly in a more advanced form than the one Samsung currently employs on its devices. An in-display fingerprint sensor is pretty much confirmed as well, so perhaps we won’t miss iris scanning much on Samsung’s 2019 flagships.

What’s your favorite One UI (Android Pie) feature?

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fcaroll
fcaroll

I think it’s sad how samsung got the UI naming scheme wrong. I mean, Xiaomi updates its MIUI to the latest version even on phones that won’t receive any more major software update. So there are phones running MIUI 10 on top of Pie, Oreo and maybe even Nougat. Samsung introduced the “Samsung Experience” 8.0, 8.1, 8.5 etc but it was never related to actual System UI changes (apart from the ridiculous differentiation between 8.0 and 8.1, both on top of nougat). That said, One UI technically could (and even should) come also to older devices that won’t get android… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I loved this feature when it first arrived. But then, I actually found it quite annoying. Especially when on a car journey and jus holding the phone in my hand. I’d lift it to adjust my bag and belt and the screen would turn on. And my fingers would change the song because of the music widget. I keep it off now. AOD and FPS do the job better.

Sam Dough
Sam Dough

Lift to wake is an old feature for iPhone. You’re late Samsung, iPhone iOS is still ahead

Andrei603
Andrei603

LOL IOS AHEAD?! Samsung’s UI is ahead of everything. And what is it was on IOS for years, Android is ahead IOS in every category except updates. I don’t know why you’re here if you prefer iPhones with IOS

cabbe86
cabbe86

Please leave you nasty old iPhone comments😡

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

I love to hate Samsung for what they are doing wrong but what they are doing right, needs to be said. Since the S2 days Samsung with Touchwiz was always a step forward on software features, that eventually would end up as a native Android features a version or two after. The difference with this particular feature is that for quite some time other OEMs were doing something with the “picking up motion” of the phone and Samsung surprisingly hasn’t done anything until now. Well now the problem is solved so, oh well…

fcaroll
fcaroll

@VIRGIN KLM thanks for giving us at least one serious reply to this post

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

@fcaroll People misunderstand me. I’m not hating Samsung, not at all, but I’m not going to sit and praise them in a similar manner the media is praising them (because they make a profit out from being biased and giving positive feedback) for stuff they are doing wrong which results in worse products and worse price tags, but for what they are doing right I’ll make sure that I remind anyone that seems to forget or be ignorant about it. Unless everybody in this site tries to follow this mentality, things are going to get worse for the consumer because… Read more »

djares21
djares21

For sure you are an Apple fanboy !

n0rz
n0rz

This feature will come to s8 owners also ? <3

Biransahin
Biransahin

It will come with Pie, you’ll get it. 👍

Biransahin
Biransahin

My wife loves it. Still waiting for it on my Note9! Just one thing,, I wonder if anyone is experiencing it. On S9 plus the tap to wake the lock screen isn’t working correctly. Tapping it once or even a few times isn’t working, but if she taps over the area where the lock screen data is hidden then it opens. So she’s tapping until she finds the spot where it is as of course it moves to different spots on the screen. We eventually changed it to always on during scheduled time. Has anyone else had this issue?

rmbln01
rmbln01

I’ve just updated my Note9 by sideloading the update zips provided at xda.
I’m now on a final build N960FXXU2CRLT.
Very smooth. No issues so far.

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

Video?

wajie
wajie

A9 2018 have Lift to wake.baseband version A920FXXU1ARL3

locarno
locarno

How to enable it ?

wajie
wajie

Go to setting>advance features>lift to wake

Moosehead1
Moosehead1

Abhijeet,Happy New year to you and all at Sammobile!! Cheers!! Love the Note 9 Its really the best smartphone on the planet in my opinion. Any news on software updates to the ar emojis feature for Android Pie for the Note 9? You stated you were going to contact Samsung about this? Please follow through on this as you said you would. Thank you again. Huge sammobile fan!

vanillasky
vanillasky

It is a very good feature but sometimes it simply doesn’t work. 15 minutes ago I had to restart my phone to make it working. Switching this off and on didn’t help, after several tries reboot was the only solution. My Note 9 is running the latest build which I believe is official now so this feature need some more improvements in my opinion.

Biransahin
Biransahin

You have it on Note9, the German update? It’s working well on my wife’s S9 plus, but tap to open lock screen isn’t working very well. I suppose we’re bound to see a, few bugs here and there. Thanks for the heads up!

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

To be honest intelligent scan has been much faster than fingerprint for me on my s9plus

Sometimes i press fingerprint it doesnot unlock maybe its winter or whatever whereas i need to press home or power button to light up but it immediately unlocks with intelligent i guess with pie now i no need to click power button would be too fast with lift wake up option.

Waiting for INS pie stable update

Biransahin
Biransahin

I keep mine unlocked with my Gear S3 watch. It’s really handy to have. Haven’t used anything else since I got the phone. I recommend it!