Fingerprint scanners have become an almost mandatory feature for flagship smartphones in 2016, but aside from unlocking our devices and apps, there’s not much else for them to do. That’s where the new app Fingerprint Quick Action comes into play.
Fingerprint Quick Action is a new app featured on XDA Developers that brings gestures to your fingerprint scanner. So far single tap and a fast swipe are supported and you can perform several different actions with these two gestures. When I tested the app on my ZTE Axon 7, I set single tap to toggle the notification area so I wouldn’t have to swipe down from the top of the phone.
The compatible functions so far include sleep, go back, go home, show recent apps, show power menu, toggle split screen, expand notification panel, toggle notification panel, and expand quick settings. The app responds well to the fingerprint scanner in my Axon 7 and as you can see in the video above it performs well on the Nexus 6P, too. Unlocking the phone with the app installed isn’t a problem, either.
The only caveat here is the app isn’t currently available in the Google Play Store, so you’ll need to check Unknown Sources on your phone and download the app from XDA-Developers in order to install it.