How to unlock windows PC with Android’s fingerprint scanner?

Have you ever imagined how cool it would be if you can unlock your Windows PC with the fingerprint scanner on your Android phone? It surely does feel like some sci-fi movie trick. And what if I tell you that you can already do that, all thanks to our wonderful developer Andrew-X at XDA. He has managed to remotely wake up and unlock the Windows computer with a single fingerprint tap. With his app Remote Fingerprint Unlock & a windows module to communicate with PC, you can wake up & unlock windows PC with Android’s fingerprint scanner.unlock windows android fingerprint 1

Today we are going to show, how you can set up this Remote Fingerprint unlock to unlock your Windows PC with Android’s fingerprint scanner.

How to unlock Windows PC with Android’s Fingerprint Scanner?

Hardware and Software requirements:

  • A Windows PC (Vista, 7, 8 & 10)
  • 32 bit or 64-bit system
  • Android Marshmallow or above (Android 6.0+)

How to set up Remote Fingerprint Unlock?

  • First of all download & Install the Windows module on your Windows PC. Make sure to go through everything properly during the setup & allow incoming and outgoing traffic on your firewall. (Download 32-bit installer for 32-bit systems & 64-bit for 64-bit systems)

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    Now you only have one Zip file for both 32-bit and 64-bit windows!

  • Now download & install the Remote Fingerprint Unlock app from the Google Play store. This is available for free on Play Store, with an in-app purchase to disable ads & enable some additional features like widget support, etc.,

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  • Once you are done with the installation, make sure your windows PC & smartphone are on the same WiFi network. Now open the Remote Fingerprint Unlock app & ‘Scan‘ to find your windows PC. (Your PC should be on the lock screen. Press Win+L to lock your windows PC)unlock windows android fp 4
  • Now all you need to do is select your computer from the scan list & ‘Save‘ it with the desired name. After saving, you are required to add the login credentials of the account you want to log in to every time you tap on the fingerprint sensor.unlock windows android fp 5
  • Tap on ‘Add Account‘ & add its username with the password & hit ‘Save‘. (Here I am using my attached Microsoft account’s detail to log in)unlock windows android fp 6
  • Now the app will ask you to confirm the Session ID, before saving your account information. Confirm it with the session ID on the computer’s lock screen & proceed to save your credentials.unlock windows android fp 7
  • Now you are ready to use your Android fingerprint scanner to unlock your PC. Simply go to the ‘Unlock‘ menu inside the app & put your fingertip on the fingerprint sensor of your device to unlock your Windows PC.unlock windows android fp 8

Important Note:

  1. The free version of the Remote Fingerprint Unlock app has ads, is limited to one PC/Account & requires you to open the app every time to unlock your Windows PC. If you purchase the pro version ($1.99 as an in-app purchase) you can get rid of ads, plus you can also add multiple computers/accounts & a home screen widget to quickly unlock your PC using your Android’s fingerprint scanner.unlock windows android fp 9
  2. This app is fully secured & doesn’t save anything sent between phones & computers. And you can use it on a public network as all sent data is encrypted.
  3. If you are adding multiple accounts inside the same computer, then make sure you choose the default account. Otherwise, it will show an unlocked error.
  4. You need to keep track of updates for Windows Module manually. Bookmark this link: WINDOWS FINGERPRINT UNLOCK MODULE

Wrapping up: Unlock Windows PC with Android’s Fingerprint Scanner

As of now, this app seems to work really fine. The developer has promised to add Linux support, locking the PC functionality & more, in future updates. We hope to see positive development, since the way these apps work is really promising.

If you have any issues setting up the app, let us know via a comment.


About the author

Anubhav Bhatnagar
Anubhav Bhatnagar
Your friendly neighbor who likes to spend most of his time learning and sharing what he has learned with everyone. A nerd who loves observing, exploring, and critiquing. He fancies good design, and it trying to find his way somewhere in between minimalism and essentialism. You can connect with him @AnooBav on all social platforms.



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