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Google finally fixes the Pixel 6a’s hit-and-miss fingerprint reader

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With the release of the first Quarterly Platform Release for Android 13, Google introduced some notable fixes in QPR1 Beta 1. But perhaps the most significant for Google Pixel 6a users are the improvements made to the fingerprint reader.

While we don’t know how big the problems were, there were early reports that the Pixel 6a could be unlocked with an unregistered fingerprint. There were also numerous online complaints about inconsistencies in unlocking the device, with it taking many tries and sometimes not even working. Again, it’s hard to say how many people have experienced this kind of problem. Still, Google must have known that issues like this existed as it corrected the inconsistent fingerprint reader in the Pixel 6a with the QPR1 Beta 1 release. The fix is ​​described in the beta version stating “Fixed several issues that made it difficult for users to unlock their device or set up Fingerprint Unlock.”

Google Pixel 6a

The Google Pixel 6a is a great mid-range choice, especially with that flagship Tensor SoC and the signature Google Pixel experience. With this beta update, Google has also tried to fix some inconsistencies with the fingerprint sensor.

Although I’ve never experienced an unregistered fingerprint unlocking my Pixel 6a, and I can attest that the fingerprint reader was a little inconsistent at times, but never to the point where it was alarming, or I felt it was broken. But I can say that the fingerprint reader has improved a lot after the update. The reader on the device can now quickly and accurately recognize a fingerprint. This applies even when it is intentionally difficult to detect, such as placing only the outer edge of a finger on the reader. Of course, as before, experiences may vary, but personally things seem to have improved with this new update.


If you’re curious, you can also download the new QPR1 Beta 1 release, but be warned, it’s a beta so there’s a chance you’ll run into a problem. If the device you want to update is your everyday smartphone, it might be better to wait for the release to arrive on a public version of Android 13. While you can revert to a stable version of Android, you’ll need to remove everything from your device.

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