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Google Play finally lets you pay with a fingerprint

by Jacob Kleinman | October 26, 2015October 26, 2015 11:00 am PDT

Google is really throwing its weight behind fingerprint security with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and its two new Nexus phones. Now the company is finally adding a biometric feature that Apple has offered for years.

Android Police reports that you can now confirm a Google Play purchase using your fingerprint. The option will pop up when you download a new app, prompting you to touch the biometric sensor with your finger. Of course, you can still use your regular password if you prefer.

The new feature is only available for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow that also feature a fingerprint reader. That includes the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, and we assume it will also work with HTC’s One A9. Fingerprint-scanning smartphones from Samsung and others will need an update to Android 6.0 before they work with the feature.

You’ll need to turn on the feature manually as Google leaves it off by default, though you can make the switch in the Play Store settings menu. From there, tap User Controls and then check the box for Fingerprint authentication and you should be ready to go.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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