More Pixel 6a users report having fingerprint sensor issue that lets anyone unlock the device

This writer remembers the Pixel 2 XL’s rear fingerprint sensor. Perfectly placed, the biometric reader performed well. The next phone I bought was the iPhone 11 Pro Max and to be honest I didn’t realize how much easier it was to have Face ID until I started using the Pixel 6 Pro as a daily driver. When the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro came out, there was an uproar because the optical fingerprint scanner under the display was slow, didn’t work often, and was slower than maple syrup.

The mid-range Pixel 6a’s under-display fingerprint sensor has unsurprising issues

Apparently, the Pixel 6 series’ under-screen fingerprint scanner is much improved on Android 13. Hence, yours truly considered upgrading to Android 13 beta 4.1. After all, it is a Release Candidate (RC). And once Google releases the stable version of Android 13, people enrolled in the beta program will be able to exit and revert to the stable version without having to wipe their phone data.

When the Pixel 6a was released last week, many noticed a slight improvement to the mid-range under-display fingerprint sensor over those found on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro; the first word was that Google had used a new source for the Pixel 6a’s biometric reader. Even so, a major bug was discovered. The fingerprint sensor in multiple Pixel 6a units will allow anyone, and we mean anyone, to unlock the device.

The issue was originally discovered on just two Pixel 6a handsets in India. But through messages on Reddit, we now know that the number of such complaints has increased. Not all posts on Reddit have the same problem. For example, Redditor minascorner was able to unlock his Pixel 6a using a fingerprint from a finger he did not register. He wrote: “Just got the Pixel 6a yesterday and everything works amazingly well for a phone that just came out.

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He went on to say, “The fingerprint sensor is inside the screen, just like on the regular Pixel 6. I scanned both thumbs so I could unlock my phone with either my right or left hand. However , my phone was flat on my desk and i decided to unlock it and i accidentally used my index finger and pressed it on the little fingerprint icon on the lock screen and it worked ????

If this happens on your Pixel 6a, try this workaround and let us know if it helps!

Another Redditor wrote that his wife was able to unlock his phone even though only his fingerprints were saved on the device. And even though he only registered his thumbs on the handset, the other fingers unlocked the device. He said: “Yeah, I asked my wife to try and she opened my phone in about three tries. Only my thumbs are saved and I have almost every other finger to work with, even with cleaning the phone between attempts. Before and after applying a screen protector.”

And another post, this one written by “Remunos_Redbeard”, says, “Tons of people are reporting the issue, in tech posts and here on Reddit now that they’ve shipped. Widespread issue, unfortunately. I can unlock the 6a from my friend even though my fingerprint isn’t registered, and worried mine will do the same when it comes in. So for now at least, keep using a pin, password, or a pattern to unlock. And definitely don’t use fingerprint for banking or payment apps.”

There is a potential workaround according to a Pixel 6a user who erased all the fingerprints he saved on his Pixel 6a. Once that was done, he re-enrolled his fingerprints with his phone, and lo and behold, the problem stopped. So if you have the Pixel 6a and you are having this bug, why not try this workaround and see if that fixes the problem. Let us know!!!

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