Samsung’s latest Galaxy S10 smartphone series come with a facial recognition system that, unlike the previous generation, do not feature a complementary iris scanner. Because of that, it’s also a lot less secure, making it something you don’t really want to use despite its convenience.
There have been reports of the Galaxy S10’s facial recognition getting spoofed by photos and videos. YouTube channels AndroidWorld.it and Unbox Therapy have both been able to unlock their Galaxy S10 phones using photos and videos, respectively. On that note, we are able to confirm that you can indeed unlock the Samsung Galaxy S10 with a photo of yourself.
Then there’s the third case that shows that facial resemblance is also enough to get the job done. Jane Manchun Wong, who often shares experimental social media features she unearths on Twitter, unlocked her brother’s Galaxy S10+ using her own face.
In all fairness, even when setting up facial recognition, the Galaxy S10 itself tells you that it’s not a secure solution. Considering the fact that you can use your face to authorise Samsung Pay transactions, it looks like it will be better to give the feature a pass, despite the convenience.