Here’s how to set up your fingerprint in the Xperia Z5 series

by XB on 3rd September 2015

in Videos, Xperia Z5 series

Sony Xperia Z5 Fingerprint Manager_7Sony Mobile has used a fingerprint sensor in its Xperia devices for the first time. From the Xperia Z5 hands-on videos seen so far, it looks like it works well in practice. The sensor is able unlock a phone very quickly and mostly within the first try. Overall, it is a great addition to the mobile range, providing an extra layer of security.

The video below shows how the Sony Xperia Z5 can be unlocked using the fingerprint sensor power button. More than that though, the video walks through how a fingerprint is registered via the ‘Fingerprint Manager’ to use this feature. The video is not in English but it’s pretty self-explanatory (we’ve included some screencaps to showcase the various steps involved).

The “Fingerprint Manager” can be accessed through Settings > Security.

Sony Xperia Z5 Fingerprint Manager_1

Your fingerprint can be used to unlock your phone as well as for secure authentication.

Sony Xperia Z5 Fingerprint Manager_2

To start you will need to confirm your pin number (or other security option used).

Sony Xperia Z5 Fingerprint Manager_3

Sony then tells you where the fingerprint sensor power button is.

Sony Xperia Z5 Fingerprint Manager_4

To start registering your fingerprint, you need to place your finger on the power button. Then lift the finger everytime a vibration is felt.

Sony Xperia Z5 Fingerprint Manager_5

You will need to keep scanning different parts of your finger until the green circle is complete.

Sony Xperia Z5 Fingerprint Manager_6

The green icon shows when your fingerprint can be used as ID or to authorise a purchase.

Sony Xperia Z5 Fingerprint Manager_7

You can confirm whether you want to use your fingerprint to unlock the device. More than one fingerprint can also be registered.

Sony Xperia Z5 Fingerprint Manager_8

  • DonOkip

    Like if you loved it

  • Kiwison

    I can’t believe you guys wondered the same shit exactly like me. I mean it’s tottally not important thing to wonder..I love you guys :D

  • nfs2010

    Lefties are gonna hate it =)

  • Wolf0491

    Nah just need to register the index finger or similar instead. Hold an xperia with a left hand and you see it works fine.

  • Timel

    Still remember the day when some brainless Xperia fanboys here said “who cares fingerprint scanner it’s just a gimmick”

    LOL just wanna see those bullshit people’s faces NOW!

  • nfs2010
  • Wolf0491

    If the scanner was on the face of the phone I would have not liked it. This unobtrusive way is acceptable however.

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    I still dont care about the fingerprint crap, nor 4K resolution, but would buy Z5 premium in an instant cause of camera and SoC. Those two gimmicks are there but would not bother me at all.
    Got any other butthurt comment, fanboy?

  • nfs2010

    I’m in the same boat. I’ll stick to Z3+, but will also get a Z5P for the 4K & camera. I’ll also put a piece of tape on the scanner on day 1 like I did on my ipad. Or I could just buy a ‘wrong case’ that’d cover the scanner. We’ll see.

  • kido

    so does registering 2 sets of fingerprints to unlock the device mean that you can register another persons fingerprint as well as your own? oh wait…thats a silly question…lol

  • spade

    But i’m not on FB, that DP though…..

  • bilomar

    Still not worth upgrading from z3 for me.

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  • dragonsneeze

    One sexy sensor:
    “Good touch again”
    “Oh yeah, almost there”
    “Move your finger a little bit”
    I expected fireworks when done. XD

  • Akand

    I still don’t have any interest on Fingerprint sensor. If I buy it, I won’t definitely use it.
    But finally Sony realized that this world isn’t full with wise people. majority want gimmick. that’s why they threw two gimmick together. fingerprint & 4K display.

    However, I was afraid about positioning of finger print sensor. I thought Samsung paid agents are going to criticize telling this phone is only for right handers. but Sony has dealt this very wisely. they added up to 5 fingers. so there’s no way to criticize about positioning.
    really good job, Sony.

  • Joe Black

    Fingerprint sensor aside, I’m amazed at how the UI animations run better than on my Z3 Compact.


    And you can register several fingerprints…


    This sounds usefull ; but don’t forget to cancel this if you sell the phone…


    It took one minute to register a fingerprint. Not that bad.

  • The only thing I’m waiting for now is the GSMArena battery life test.


    You’re true ; this is highly of interest, too.

  • nfs2010

    Just keep in find that their test has a major flaw. They just set display brightness to 50% to run battery test. It’d not matter if all phones had identical max brightness, which never happened. Their test data would have made sense if they’d always set brightness to the same absolute value in nits on all phones. Otherwise, the phone with higher max brightness is going to fall behind in their test, which happens to be the case with Xperias.

  • dragonsneeze

    lol yeah, for extended pleas.. uhm convenience.


    Anne Boleyn had 11 fingers ; possible for her?

  • Doubleyoupee

    HMmmm… hmmmm.

  • Doubleyoupee

    Im right handed but always use left hand for phones…


    What else?

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    Fingerprint scanners are usable to some buissness people and some that need to hide things…
    It is unpractical and not needed to me personally, complicates the startup…
    But guess some find it necessary…
    It s there but user does not have to use it
    As is 4k screen, that upscales only when needed for media consumption, but it ll mostly run 1080p, and rarely 2K…but, its there if needed (VR sets)

  • azzido

    The prices killed me, cannot afford :(


    Wait for rebated prices?

  • nfs2010

    4K screen will come handy to play recorded 4K videos, 4K netflix, 4K youtube contents, etc. Sony’s 4K TVs are also the best ones for upscaling lower res contents to 4K. Z5 premium will have something similar too (like 4k mobile bravia engine). Of course, only time will tell how good it’s going to be.


    Pre-order in France for 799€…
    Shall wait a few.

  • Svnjay

    Wait till the price drops.

  • Svnjay

    That makes sense. Do you have sources?

    PhoneArena may have a better test because they set the brightness to 200nits on all phones.

  • Svnjay

    I’m a leftie but I use my phone with my right hand.

  • Arngrim

    The whole turning the phone with the screen down when laying it on a table, is that common? I never do that, do want to scratch the screen. Have i been doing this wrong my whole life? (only ever had 2 smartphones with Iphone 4 beeing my first one, and currently using a Galaxy 4.)

  • nfs2010

    ” The display is again set to 50%, and all radios on the device are switched off (Airplane mode).”

    PA has a better test, but they got caught last year trying to put S5 before Z2 =) I know they quietly updated the results later. They’re doing it again this year by claiming Z3+ & S6 (QHD but Pentile = 1080p battery test wise) have same battery life. I personally can tell by it’s BS from my experience S6 is nowhere near Z3+ if you browse a lot. Internet is quite messed up, really =). I think best thing is to watch some decent youtube videos or XDA posts to estimate battery life.

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  • xAntifreeZe

    after watching so much videos regarding the z5 series, personally feel that this is the best and most convincing review (its by sony though) :)

  • nfs2010

    She’s definitely more ‘convincing’ than those goofy looking reviewers =)

  • Andrea

    z5 is mine!!!!!! i can wait ! Octoberrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • xAntifreeZe

    same here

  • Nander

    thank you for this, I’m saved! :)

  • Matt

    but . . why ?

  • Matt

    hmmm unless you absolutely have no fingers at all you will.

    but you can register , you know other finger ? on other hand ?

  • marcyff2

    My reason to buy z5 premium is that look. I know is the standard xperia look but that mirrored back is gorgeous!


    November, I do believe.

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    Agreed. It looks fab too ;-)

  • Timel

    And You used to be the one of those bullshit Xperia fans who said “fingerprint scanner is just a gimmick ” Were you?

  • Svnjay

    Is that because she’s a grill?

  • RoberMC

    Haha, it is funny to see you now that you cannot troll anything about the Z5, you have to limit yourself to trolling users.

  • Timel

    Whatever you say but biometric technology like fingerprint scanner is so much safer than password, bullshit pattern, and useless swipe to unlock.

  • RoberMC

    Better don’t feed the troll

  • RoberMC

    Why?, lefties use the left hand’s index or middle finger to unlock… you can register that fingerprint and voilá!.

  • Timel

    Oh Actually I love almost everything about Z5 except its shitty camera

    And I’m just so pity some Xperia fans here, it’s funny to see they can change their colors like chameleons

  • Timel

    Hi you must be be the one of those bullshit people who said “fingerprint scanner is just a gimmick, I don’t need it” right? hahahaha

  • Jecht_Sin

    Yeah. Ovens don’t make great reviews..

  • Jecht_Sin

    Are you really wasting all your life trolling the Xperia products? Or you show your trolling dedication also infesting some Samsung/Apple/HTC/LG/Huawei sites?

    Oh, for the record: fingerprint scanners to me are a gimmick. I had one on my working laptop and I never used it. But that doesn’t imply some Xperia owners didn’t wish for it.

  • dragonsneeze

    We all know you are bipolar but now we can add delusional to that. Find one comment that I said it’s just a gimmick. I said it looked weird and looked worse next to the iconic circular one and I stand by it. (And I also don’t really care if there’s a sensor or not) You are the one changing colors like a chamaleon, just a couple of days ago Sony was the worst for you. Go find someone else to troll. Go back to your planet Kryptroll Tim-El.

  • Svnjay

    I see, then that’s a bias test. PhoneArena is better and I also read that they tried to put the S5 above the Z2. Their Z3+ review is very bias and they worshipped the Note 5 in their review.

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    they are all mostly biased…
    I pointed out that deliberate battery test flaw there on GSM Arena, also did a quite neat comparisson of their own source photo examples between Z3+/S6/G4…
    Suffice to say They did not like that…and now I am under constant admin scrutiny if posting anything there
    Bunch of biased retards that Arena.

  • I am aware of that, and the PhoneArena test could serve as comparison, but even if the Z5 display is brighter than the Z3+, it needs to have a better battery life for me to consider it. I’d rather wait for the Z6 anyway, but I need a backup option in case the Z6 disappoints.

  • nfs2010

    Yep – GSMA does that all the time. Actually they have few bitches (a.k.a. mods) that slavishly troll for Samsung in the comments section.

  • nfs2010

    PA just can’t hide their crapsung love sometimes. Here’s a funny one from yesterday in PA’s typical broken language

    “but bright for ‘us’ conditions – Samsung is making about $33 per phone” LMAO

  • nfs2010

    OK. I deleted it as I figured out what they meant after reading it again.

  • iia3ezu

    Wait till the Z6 is released.

  • nfs2010

    Google & their ‘anonymous’ crap – that’s good enough for me :D

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Shitty camera? Are you out of your mind? :( it’s going to be ranked second behind g4 pretty easily

  • Matt

    You already got android, and Google can basically track your location.

    Might As well use the function you pay for :p

  • nfs2010

    Yes, but location aside, FPS adds another weapon to Google’s vault :p

  • nfs2010

    He’s asking for full manual control – I guess :P

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    Samsung has its payroll bitches all around the web…I seriously DO NOT DOUBT that.

  • Bonga Dlamini

    My Xperia Z5 fingerprint scanner works. It reads my prints fine. my problem is I can actually still unlock the lockscreen with just swiping when it should request either my fingerprint or the pin. When I wake the screen and put my finger on the scanner it unlock. And when I tap to wake the screen and swipe across the phone unlocks. I dont get how that is possible. I have checked all settings to see if there is nothing I’ve set incorrectly and all is in order. How do I fix this?

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