Samsung has updated its Flow app with a new feature that allows users to unlock a Windows 10 system with the fingerprint sensor on a compatible smartphone. The app allows one to link their compatible Samsung smartphone with a Windows 10 PC, and enables file sharing, hotspot access and with the new update also allows for biometric authentication through the fingerprint sensor on the smartphone. Also Read - Best laptops to buy under Rs 35,000 in October 2021: Asus VivoBook 15, Avita PURA, moreAlso Read - Arm-based notebook PC processor market could grow to $949 million in 2021
The new update to the Samsung Flow app receives support for the Windows Hello authentication system allowing one to use Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 to unlock the PC through fingerprint authentication. The updated app is available for download on Google Play Store, on the Samsung website, and also on Windows Store. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 30,000 in October 2021: Lenovo V14, ASUS VivoBook 14, more
How does it work
You will be first required to install the Samsung Flow app on both the compatible Samsung smartphone and the Windows 10 PC. The app is compatible with Samsung smartphones running on Android Marshmallow or newer, and Samsung tablets running on Android Nougat or newer. Ensure that the PC is running the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. Once you have installed the updated app on both the PC and the smartphone, you can configure its settings. Upon doing so, you will be ale to login into your PC using the fingerprint sensor on your phone. RELATED: Windows 10 Creators Update: New features, how to download, and everything else you need to know
It is worth mentioning that along with adding the ability to unlock the PC using the phone’s fingerprint sensor, the update now also allows users to sync smartphone notifications to the PC. This basically ensures you can continue to work on your PC and still not miss out any message or alert on your smartphone. Earlier the feature was limited to only Samsung PCs, however, the company has now expanded the ability to third-party PCs as well, GSMArena reports.
Samsung Flow was first detailed in 2014 and was found to be similar to Apple iOS’ continuity feature. It has three components including Transfer, Notify, and Defer for a seamless PC-smartphone-PC experience. It is also worth noting that Samsung introduced the DeX along with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The standalone hardware in a way takes on some features of the Flow app, and allows the smartphone to connect to a monitor and peripherals for a desktop experience. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 mini rumors hint at 5.3-inch display, Snapdragon 821 SoC