How to Use Your Face to Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet

By Dan Gookin

The Samsung Galaxy tablet has a plethora of options for you to choose from to decide how to secure your tablet. Two of these options involve your very own face!

How to unlock the Samsung Galaxy tablet with your face

The Face Unlock setting allows you to get access to your Galaxy tablet simply by looking at it. You don’t even need to make a funny face; your normal visage does the job. The only downside is that not every tablet features this locking mechanism.

To set the face unlock, follow these steps:

  1. Get to the Screen Lock window.

  2. Touch the Next button at the warning because you’re not silly enough to try to use Face Unlock while you’re driving your car.

  3. Choose Face Unlock.

    In the directions on the screen that you probably didn’t read, it says that Face Unlock is less secure than other forms of locking the phone. But it’s fun, so what the heck?

  4. Touch the Set It Up button.

  5. Hold up the tablet so that it’s facing you at eye level — as though you were using it as a mirror.

  6. Touch the Continue button.

  7. Line up your face with the oval dots on the screen, and then hold the tablet steady as the dots change from white to green.

  8. Upon success, touch the Continue button.

  9. Choose Pattern or PIN to set a backup lock for those frequent times that Face Unlock fails.

  10. After confirming the pattern or PIN lock, touch the OK button.

    Face Unlock is now ready for action.

Most of the time, Face Unlock works fine. When it doesn’t, you need to use the backup pattern or PIN lock. You also need to use the pattern or PIN whenever you need to change the lock

How to set face and voice unlock on your Samsung Galaxy tablet

The Face and Voice screen lock adds a vocal dimension to the Face Unlock feature. It’s basically the same lock but with the addition of a voice command. If it fails, the fallback is the pattern or PIN lock, which is nice because it does occasionally fail.

To add vocal commands to the Face Unlock feature, choose the Face and Voice option from the Select Screen Lock screen. Work through the same steps as for Face Unlock. Eventually you’ll be asked to utter an unlocking phrase four times. Do so. Then set the optional pattern or PIN lock.