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Nokia 9s in-display fingerprint sensor can be fooled using a chewing gum

24 April 2019 4

Calling Nokia 9 as the most awaited phone last year would be an understatement. Everyone in the industry was waiting for a true flagship from Nokia after its resurrection and the fact that it was going to be the world’s first phone to have a Penta-camera setup didn’t make things easy. The phone after a series of delays debuted earlier this year, however, people soon realized why the launch was delayed repeatedly. The results from the Penta-camera setup weren’t close to what people had expected and the device was marred by many software issues.

Now multiple users have reported that the in-display fingerprint sensor present on Nokia 9 can be easily bypassed. Though many had reported that it the in-display fingerprint sensor on the phone was too fussy, slow and inaccurate. Now it looks like the recent software update has messed things further.

A user, on Monday, shared a few videos via a series of tweets, where the Nokia 9 could be unlocked using foreign objects and someone else’s fingerprints. Have a look at these tweets to see it yourself:



The user claimed that he was facing the issue since the last few weeks, even prior to the recent software updates and has tried all the possible options to troubleshoot the problem. He was not only able to unlock his smartphone but was also able to recreate the scenario repeatedly.

Another user, a prominent YouTuber Marton Barcza behind the channel names TechAlter, was also able to unlock his phone with a random unregistered fingerprint.


Barcza tagged Nokia’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, who responded that even though they were not able to recreate the situation but promised that his team will connect with him to swap his unit to investigate further.


We will keep updating this story with further updates.

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Nokia 9s in-display fingerprint sensor can be fooled using a chewing gum
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NadimShaukat
NadimShaukat

Bugs can be anything. But I'm wondering how a fingerprint sensor could be bypassed using a chewing gum. It's not like the user's fingerprint is replicated on the chewing gum. This is amusing, and a bit risky too!

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