Login with a fingerprint in Ubuntu 20.04

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to setup Ubuntu desktop to login with a fingerprint.

If your computer has a supported fingerprint scanner, you can record your fingerprint and use it to log in to Ubuntu.

Before you can use your fingerprints to sign into Ubuntu you’ll first need to record them into the system so it can identify you.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a Linux system to start with, the easiest place to start is Ubuntu Linux OS. It’s a great Linux operating system for beginners and folks looking for easier Linux distribution to use.

Ubuntu is an open source Linux operating systems that runs on desktops, laptops, server and other devices.

To get started with logging into Ubuntu with your fingerprints, follow the steps below:

Record a fingerprint

To login with your fingerprint in Ubuntu, you’ll first need to record your fingerprint details into the system.

To do that, do these steps:

Open the Activities overview and start typing Users in the search box. This will bring up the Users panel under Settings.

Click on Users to open the panel.

Press on Disabled, next to Fingerprint Login to add a fingerprint for the selected account.

If you are adding the fingerprint for a different user, you will first need to Unlock the panel and select the user account to add a fingerprint to.

ubuntu fingerprint login

Select the finger that you want to use for the fingerprint, then Next and follow the instructions.

During the set up wizard, swipe your finger at a moderate speed over your fingerprint reader. Once the computer has a good record of your fingerprint, you will see a Done! message.

Select Next and you will see a confirmation message that your fingerprint was saved successfully. Select Close to finish.

Login with a fingerprint

Now check that your new fingerprint login works. If you register a fingerprint, you still have the option to log in with your password.

To login with your fingerprint, log out from your current session.

At the login screen, select your name from the list. The password entry form will appear. Instead of typing your password, you should be able to swipe your finger on the fingerprint reader.

That should do it!


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