How to Use PayPal with Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor

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The Galaxy S5′s fingerprint-scanning home button could make it easier for you to pay online. When you link your fingerprint to a PayPal account, you can approve transactions by swiping your a digit instead of  entering tediously long  passwords. Here’s how to configure PayPal to work with the Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor.

1. Navigate to Settings. You can get there by hitting the gear icon on the top right of the notifications shade.

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2. Tap Finger Scanner under Personalization.

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3. Tap Pay With PayPal at the bottom of the page.

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4. Select Link below PayPal account. This will open a browser window with PayPal’s authentication site.

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5. Tap Link Fingerprint to sign in to your PayPal account or sign up for a new account.

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6. Log in with your PayPal credentials

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7. Swipe your finger on the home button below the screen. You should only have to swipe once. If you haven’t already registered a fingerprint on your phone, PayPal will take you back to the Fingerprint Manager to add one. 

MORE: How to Set Up the Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor

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Once PayPal registers and verifies your fingerprint, it is tied to your account.

8. Update the PayPal app, if you haven’t already done so. Tap the blue button on the screen that appears after your fingerprint is registered.

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9. Hit Update.

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 10. Open the app. 

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11. Tap the menu button at the top left. 

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12. Select Settings.

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13. Sign into your PayPal account when prompted.

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14. Select Login Options.

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15. Choose Fingerprint as your log in method under Account Settings.

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Now, instead of typing in your email address and password, you’ll be able to log in to your PayPal account with just a swipe of your finger. 

How to Use PayPal With the Fingerprint Sensor

1. Open your browser and start shopping. The fingerprint authentication for PayPal doesn’t work for in-app purchases at the moment.

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2. Check out when you’re ready to pay by tapping the shopping cart icon. 

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 3. Hit the PayPal checkout option at the bottom of the page.

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4. Select the PayPal app as your preferred launcher. If you don’t want to keep repeating this step, tap Always.

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5. Swipe your finger along the sensor when prompted.

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Once PayPal recognizes your digit, you’ll be signed in and brought to your invoice page.

 6. Tap Continue to go back to the merchant’s site to complete your order.


1398973300 242.471666666674037. Sign in with your shopping ID if asked, or create a new account. Not all sites require this step, but in this example, Newegg asks for a login.

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8. Review your order and payment information, then hit Submit Order (or equivalent wording depending on merchant) at the bottom.

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And you’re done. During our testing, we found the process to be glitchy if more than one PayPal account was tied to the smartphone. You can fix that by wiping your phone and repeating the process from step one. 

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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