The OnePlus 6T’s in-display fingerprint scanner is fast but flawed

OnePlus recently launched the OnePlus 6T, their flagship device. The device has seen a successful launch, with positive reviews flowing in. After its India launch, the device also saw a special China launch which brought about the new Thunder Purple variant as well. For those of you unaware, the OnePlus 6T is the yearly ‘T’ upgrade over the OnePlus 6. While the hardware remains the same, the 6T comes with a smaller notch and the new in-display fingerprint scanner.

As one would expect, OnePlus is marketing the 6T’s in-display fingerprint scanner heavily. Dubbed “Screen Unlock“, the in-display fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 6T is the fastest out there. However, that doesn’t mean it’s without faults.

OnePlus 6T in-display fingerprint scanner

I’ve been using the OnePlus 6T for the past two weeks now, and while the in-display fingerprint scanner is a cool way to unlock my device, it does come with certain issues. Thanks to OnePlus’ OxygenOS, the OnePlus 6T’s fingerprint scanner experience has some issues. Hear me out on this.

Also read: How to quick launch apps on the OnePlus 6T using screen unlock

Take me home

The OnePlus 6T’s in-display fingerprint scanner, while being great, comes with a compromised user experience. Which, to be honest, is caused by the software. You see, almost 90% of the time, the OnePlus 6T just unlocks straight to the home screen. Yes, you read that right. No matter which screen you lock your device at, it’ll be unlocked at the home screen. In fact, the entire experience of using the phone is affected because of this bug.

As it turns out, I’m not the only one facing this issue. The user community in itself has reported that tons of users are facing the issue with OnePlus 6T’s in-display fingerprint scanner. Forums such as Reddit and OnePlus Forums, alongside XDA, are all filled with users complaining about the in-display fingerprint scanner unlocking straight to their homescreen.

Source: Reddit

Source: XDA Forums

The cause: OxygenOS

Ever since the OxygenOS 9.0.4 update, users have been facing the problem. Apparently, the culprit, in this case, is OxygenOS and its reliance (read preference) of the stock OnePlus Launcher. You see, upon using any custom launcher (Nova, Action, Evie, and whatnot), the 6T’s in-display scanner will unlock you straight to your home screen. However, it is only with the OnePlus Launcher that the device works perfectly. 

Solution: Stick to OnePlus Launcher for now

Honestly, I’ve never fancied the stock OnePlus Launcher. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great launcher on its own. However, I prefer complete control and customization over my device. Something that Nova offers. Being a Nova user for over 6 years now, I find it hard to switch to any other launcher.

That said, I won’t be able to use Nova on the OnePlus 6T because of this quirk. Yes, the in-display scanner is fast. But if you don’t want your user experience to be spoiled, stick to the stock OnePlus launcher and don’t depend on any third-party launcher for now. This could also be OnePlus’ way of forcing users to use the OnePlus launcher. If you want to use a third-party launcher like Nova or Evie, do what I’m doing now, and use just on the face unlock, which continues to be super reliable and insanely fast.

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Varun Mirchandani

Varun is your go-to guy for everything related to technology. Someone with a keen interest in the Android world, he installs a new custom ROM every week and is always living on the bleeding edge of technology. When not writing for Mr. Phone, you can find him gaming on his beastly gaming rig which is also his prized possession.