Fingerprint reader support headed to Windows 10 Mobile this summer

While fingerprint reader support in Windows 10 Mobile was already expected to come soon due to its inclusion on the upcoming HP Elite x3, Microsoft has confirmed it is indeed coming to the platform at large this summer. The confirmation comes courtesy of a WinHec presentation (via Reddit) about planning for this summer's upcoming Windows 10 anniversary update.

WinHec Fingerprint Support

As noted in the slide above, Windows Hello will expand to include support for fingerprint readers on mobile with the summer update — a feature that is already supported on desktop. Also noted in the slide is that the integration will work off of the same driver used for PCs, just recompiled for ARM architecture.

As mentioned above, this likely won't come as a surprise to many given the fingerprint sensor-touting HP Elite x3 has already been announced. Still, it's good to see we might start seeing more Windows Phones sporting fingerprint sensors soon.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Excellent!
  • I really should get an Elite x3 when it comes out. Hope I can spare enough money until that :D Posted with the Windows Central app for Windows 10 on Lumia 535
  • I asked VZW if they will carry the Elite x3 and they said nope your S.O.L.. Bummer Jay
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  • I don't know why people stay with Verizon who doesn't wavy to offer their customers the variety they're looking for. They don't have to carry every w windows phone, just one good one like the elite x3. I will never go to Verizon because of their selfishness in this regard. Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
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  • I believe that HP is targeting the corporate market specifically so it may be hard to come by via the normal channels and getting a single device may be difficult to impossible.
  • It isn't hard to come by for Verizon because they have a huge corporate customer base which would assist HP in moving the elite x3 into the corporate environment; so again VZW still had no excuse other than their hatred of Microsoft! Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
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  • They should make natural handwriting support to Mobile for at least phones with 5"+ screen, OneNote will be 'complete' with it.
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  • Nice one
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  • I would give a down vote :p
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  • More finger print sensor will hopefully mean less budget phones
  • what's wrong with budget phones?
  • Problem is they are budget phones, thats it.
  • They are too many. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Problem is that there is too many of them atm
  • Finger print scanner seems not expensive looking at $200 android phones.
  • Or the $99 kangaroo
  • I just got the Lumia 950XL and it's iris scanner is flakey with my astigmatism.  Very slow to recognize.  So slow it's faster for me to type PIN. Can't wait to upgrade to a Snapdragon 820 with SenseID based device.  
  • You have to keep running the hello set up test to get it to recognize better. My 950 is so fast, sometimes, when putting in my code, the iris scanner will unlock before I can finish.
  • But you can't wear glasses so it is still quicker to enter the PIN. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • You can wear your glasses when you improve the recognition. It works just fine with and without my glasses and is faster than typing my pin except in very bright sunlight (but that's a limitation of infrared)
  • I've tried many times. Guess it's one of those YMMV issues.
  • Technically wearing glass should not make any difference as fas as response time of IRIS Scanner is concerned.
  • Actually wearing glasses makes a big difference in sunlight. I have been using my 950 for two months now, and I have never been able to unlock it with Iris Scanner in sunlight. Rather than a problem with IR, I think that it is a problem with some reflection that may be present in the glasses, which makes it impossible for the camera to read the Iris.
  • You cannot wear glasses for initial set-up, but "Improve Recognition" will let you train Windows Hello to recognize you with glasses. Trust me: I bought my Lumia 950 XL on launch day and was super unimpressed with the iris scanner because it was slow and a battery hog. Then, about a month or two ago after a software update, I decided to give it another chance. Just do "Improve Recognition" like 10-15 times at different angles and adjusting the lighting a little bit, and wow! Windows Hello is now super accurate and works crazy fast! I know love the feature and it's so much faster than entering my PIN (Though I admittedly have an atypical 16-digit PIN, so your mileage may vary). Also, a quick pro-tip. I don't know the exact set-up on the 950, but on the 950 XL, when trying to unlock your phone: Look at the very teeny-tiny dot just to the left of the front-facing/selfie camera. That's the part that does the actual iris recognition, so looking directly at it makes it super duper fast. tl;dr: Make sure to do "Improve Recognition" at least 10 times with different lighting conditions and different angles (Have your eyes looking at different places, hold the phone in different ways, etc. Give Windows Hello a lot of data to work with, the more you train it under different conditions, the more easily it can recognize you in different scenarios), and when actually using it: Look directly at the iris scanner at the top left of the device (On the 950 XL, at least. I don't know about the 950). I wouldn't recommend looking straight at it too much when setting up Windows Hello because then it only learns your iris under easy and ideal situations, but when actually using it to unlock your device: Looking straight at it makes it super quick and I know love it. And for those wondering: It has had no noticeable impact on battery life for me. It sucked at launch, but those of you who initially decided it wasn't worth the trouble, give it another chance. It's a LOT better now and I really love it.
  • I'm sure you got a lot of thumbs up because your tldr is comically long. Lmfao +950 XL DS NAM CV Windows 10 Mobile
  • Yeah, I realized that afterwards and just decided to leave it.
  • It's epicly awesome IMHO
  • If this was Reddit it would have gotten even more
  • First time I see that tldr is longer than original text. lol
  • The obvious question I would ask you is (if the iris scanner is as fast as you're saying it is) why are you putting in your PIN? Work it out.
  • That's really weird because it works for me even when I have one eye closed. And with the latest builds it's even faster than before. Takes much more time for the led to light up than it takes to recognize me after that
  • Yea me too, super quick too.
  • iris scanner sounds cool but in real life, its a pain in the ass
  • Astigmatism shouldn't make a difference. Make sure you're on latest firmware and os. Then run improve recognition at various angles and lighting. It's way faster for me than to type the pin. It's gotten pretty amazing. I can do it at various angles etc. I have a slight astigmatism as well. But the ir scans the iris pits. Doesn't matter about cornea. Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's Lumia 950xl
  • Yeah, the iris scanner is nea-o, but aggravating in real life. Oh well, cool concept though.
  • Remember, it's still in beta. +950 XL DS NAM CV Windows 10 Mobile
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  • Wait, I want to test it too
    Tested! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Lets hope this gets us closer to a wallet payments system
  • This!!! We still have no sign when this will come or what's the progress about it. Our NFC is mostly useless without mobile payment systems while Android and Apple Pay systems is spreading. Also about NFC, when W10M will support the protocol to allow us to share FTP through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct with other devices such as Android. I'm still waiting for MirrorLink solution for the car also...and also no, not running Continuum with pseudo desktop on my car infotainment screen, we don't need that while driving. Sent from Turing Machine
  • I love the "wallet" app. Just chillin on the phone with zero use. For years now.
  • It was still better in WP8.1.2 though. At least it used to show my debit card in it. Now its Just, poof! Lumia 640
  • They want to remove Fm radio and WiFi sense which many people actually use, but wallet stays.
  • WiFi sense won't be removed
  • This is a good one Posted from Windows Central App, 950 XL
  • Just wondering... is the anniversary update going to be on all W10 phones (630, 520, 1320 etc.) or just the "official" ones on W10 that can receive Redstone updates (640, 650, 950, 1520 etc.)?
  • 90% sure it'll be all Windows 10 phones. But maybe someone else can confirm it with greater certainty.
  • Im 90.1% sure it'll be all Windows 10 phones.
  • Only the ones that either came with W10M out of the box, or got the official update.
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB min storage... Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 on my Lumia 950! Step off, haters! U-U
  • The list of supported phones (so far, it will likely be updated as new phones come out):
  • Nope they won't.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • we know the price of the Hp Elite x3?
    Worth to wait to take it or took the 950?
    I wonder to upgrade my 640XL with some new windows phone. Posted from my NoteBook.
    Keep Calm Because P.A.O.K. you are...
  • The price is not yet disclosed. +950 XL DS NAM CV Windows 10 Mobile
  • "Soon", mwahaha, that's a good one :D 1 Microsoft Soon = 10 Regular "Soons"
  • To bad no one in the US will care since their judges have already ruled twice that odering them to unlock their phones with biometrics is legal and not a vilation of their rights. I'll be sticking to a 4 digit code for now.
  • And Picture Password...wait, that still is missing on W10M. Sent from Turing Machine
  • Microsoft promised them, but evidently Joe Belfiore took lockscreen APIs with him "on holiday"... lol
  • It makes more sense now that he took a year off, during the year of no focus on mobile from Microsoft. When he comes back it'll be right before the Windows 10 Mobile ramp up. +950 XL DS NAM CV Windows 10 Mobile
  • So his presence affects whether they have focus on mobile or not. :P
  • ...while using iPhone? :P
  • I thought Windows 10 Mobile is the same as Windows 10. Why isn't this already possible? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Article explains this. Some components have to be re-compiled for the ARM architecture. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Need presentive apps for window 10
  • I hope there's a fingerprint scanner on the surface phone
  • I'd like to have PIN
    Fingerprint And have to supply two of those 3 to unlock the phone As a backup you could set a longer pin (8-16 characters say) which can be used alone without a second method, just in case one of the biometrics fails. I'm sure that would be complicated for a lot of consumers, but it could be optional
  • Yawn!
  • The OEMs have to wait for Microsoft to impliment anything. That's why they are all pushing and marketing Android.
  • Wait! So it wasn't actually supported at the moment. No wonder why zero W10M devices have fingerprint scanner. Sent from Turing Machine
  • woah.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Universal Drivers, eh...So by that logic, what actually stops the Centennial apps from working on mobile devices then? Probably nothing, unless they are specific to service functions, I'm which case whatever's clever man! =D Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 on my Lumia 950! Step off, haters! U-U
  • It's not just drivers, there's way more to it than that.
  • This means that THEORETICALLY we could Windows 10 roms for Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10. I would instantly buy either of those devices if they had an option to install windows 10!
  • Mi 4 is mucb better option. As it also gets Redstone. Not sure about Anniversary Update because nobody seems to care about that phone anymore.
  • Good point, but now that you mentiond it. Didn't the Mi5 come out a few months ago, would be nice if that got Windows 10 love. I'm itching for a lumia 1020 replacement and the 950's are not appealing to me. I'd really like HTC 10 like I mentioned but I'd got for a Mi5.  
  • That would only come if samsung/htc plans to.. currently the only phones rumoured to get ROMs are mi5,op2 and op3.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Aside from elite x3, who are the eligible phones for this? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Xiaomi Mi 5 and One Plus 3 possibly.
  • Op2 too Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I was gonna pick up a 950xl next week but now I want to wait for surface phone. Wish they had included the fingerprint scanner in 950xl to make it future proof. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That unicorn phone you are waiting for wont be coming out until 2017 at the earliest, probably summer.
  • Will this work on my Samsung Blackjack?
  • When is the x3 coming?!?!
  • Never. If released at all then only via very limited corporate channels. And its not something you would want anyway. Poor cameras etc.
  • That's a great news. Let all the features from android come to windows phone. Then i will buy another android phone ;-).
  • I'll keep using my pin thanks, since there're judges that are handing out warrants for your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Can't "forget" a fingerprint. It's the principal.... -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
  • Can you "copy" an Iris at the moment in the same way you can recreate a fingerprint? My guess is no but wondering if iris would be immune to this kind of thing? Or are the judges saying that they can force the person to unlock the device with their finger/iris/biometrics
  • I don't believe so. The iris scanner uses the IR part of the spectrum to work. I would assume that apart from looking at your blood vessels, it also takes note of the hot and cold areas in your eye to make sure its a real live eye. Also the warrant im aluding to was to get the fingerprint. The argument against this is obviously against our 5th amendment right concerning self incrimination. But using their reasoning this would go along the same lines as DNA collection and they'd throw in more unique bio data such as iris, and retina scans. Its a slippery slope. -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
  • why there is no info about windows 8.1?
  • In which Windows 8.1 phone did u see that biometric device,huh?
  • :P
  • Yup win 8.1 literalyy going to die
  • Don't say that :'(
  • Cool!!
  • Hope this means Surface Phone on ARM. x86 is a waste of time.
  • I really didn't know it wasn't already here. I assumed it was already included with Windows Hello on Mobile. Hope to see more devices with fingerprint scanner (other than the HP) once the support arrives :)
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