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Useless fingerprint sensor? Did I get a dud, or is this a design flaw?

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dylanear

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Mar 10, 2011
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I just got a One Hyper and generally love it, EXCEPT the fingerprint sensor almost never works? My previous Motorola G5 Plus gets my finger/thumb pretty much instantly every time. No matter how many times I've deleted and reprogrammed the fingerprints on this One Hyper it only recognizes a finger press 1 out of 10 or 20 presses???? Seems like it worked better, but not near perfectly when I first started using it and it's been all but entirely useless since I did the Android 11 upgrade soon after getting it?

I've watched several video reviews that either don't mention this being a problem or even say the fingerprint sensor works well??? So, I'm thinking I may have gotten a dud? I'd just return it to Amazon, but I bought it in the USA right before returning to Canada and I even left the box in the US. Maybe Motorola would swap it out under warranty? Or maybe I could just pay for a replacement sensor?
 

blackhawk

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I would return it.
If you get a replacement, disable OTA updates and leave it on 10. Android 11/12 are a mess.
Scoped storage and forced encryption are fully active.
 

dylanear

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Mar 10, 2011
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As I mentioned, returning it would be complex, possibly impossible. I could get the original box sent to me in Canada since I left it at my mom's house in the US? Maybe I could get a swap out from Motorola, I'd likely have to send my current unit to the US and might have to get the replacement sent to the US and forwarded to me here in Canada?

What a mess. I should have taken the issue more seriously when I first got it, should have done a return to Amazon right off the bat.
 

dylanear

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Mar 10, 2011
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I have a support escalation request in with Motorola, so we'll see where that goes I suppose. The first teir support guy just suggested the classic, "First, Do a factory reset." I really doubt that'll fix this phone. And I've spent days getting this phone set up to my liking. But if this sensor isn't ever going to work, that's a deal breaker. Way too used to working fingerprint unlocking to go back to a password.
 

dylanear

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Mar 10, 2011
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Well, I haven't heard from Motorola yet, but I trained the same finger for all 5 available fingers and now it unlocks perfectly every time? It seems to get my thumb with only one "finger" trained with it. That's what I use on my G5 Plus, because the sensor is on the front. I like the phone a lot in general, so I was VERY keen to find a solution. But disappointing, as I'd like to be able to train more than one finger! The 5 fingerprint limit is a little frustrating. The fact that the software isn't robust enough to actually learn my prints in the one little training session it gives is pretty frustrating! You should be able to go into those settings and keep on adding finger presses to train it better, faster manually. AND It sure would be nice if you could set your own limit for unsuccessful tries before it makes you enter a PIN or password. I was simply never getting in in the number of allowed presses. So I don't think it was training the AI very well, thus not improving the recognition.

So, solution seemingly found, I don't >think< this is a hardware or design flaw? Sure does seem like lousy software, perhaps in the Android 11 code? I didn't use it with 10 very long, but it did seem to do a lot better recognizing my fingerprints before I did the 11 update.
 

dylanear

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Mar 10, 2011
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AHHHHH!!!!! And this morning the same finger that was unlocking pretty much instantly every time after yesterdays "fix" isn't recognized try after try after try this morning??

No one else is having these kinds of issues? Everyone is getting fast, consistent fingerprint recognition?

Otherwise I love this phone! The pop up selfy cam so when it's face up on a table I know no camera can see anything unless that front camera is popped out is so perfect I do not understand why that's not on most phones??!! Notches and holes in screens are going to be so dated and laughable as soon as that falls out of fashion. Good cameras. Plenty of built in storage AND an SD slot? Dual sims?!!! (American living in Canada here!) 3.5mm analog headphone jack??? This is my PERFECT phone, at least for this price. EXCEPT if I can't get consistent, fast fingerrpint recognition, I am simply not going to keep this phone. :( WTF???!!!! WHY is does this work so dramatically worse than my old G5 Plus??
 
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dylanear

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Mar 10, 2011
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Deleted all fingerprints. Set three to my pointer finder, one to my middle finger, one to my thumb. It's working pretty much perfectly now! On either finger and the thumb it seems. BUT, for how long??!! Will I wake up tomorrow and have to reprogram all five fingerprints?? At this point, I have to assume it's going to stop working in the next day or so??? Pray I'm wrong!!!!