Sony has launched its latest smartphone line the Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact with fingerprint sensors embedded on the devices. However, for some inexplicable reason this feature is disabled on the US variant of both devices. Fortunately, there is an easy for this issue. Keep on reading to know how to enable fingerprint sensor on Sony Xperia XZ & Xperia X Compact smartphone. If the fingerprint sensor is disabled by default on your US edition of Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact smartphone, see step-by-step guide below to enable Xperia XZ and X Compact fingerprint sensor.
How To Enable Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact Fingerprint Sensor
Most modern smartphone come with fingerprint sensor feature embedded inside them as it makes it easier and faster to unlock your phone. No one has the time to enter password or draw a pattern to unlock phone anymore. Users these days have gotten used to using the fingerprint sensor for unlocking their devices, typing passcodes and drawing patterns not only feels old-fashioned but can also be a nuisance when you forget your device’s password or unlock pattern. Fingerprint sensor frees you from all such hindrances. So, those Sony Xpera XZ and X Compact users who are wish to find out how to enable fingerprint sensor on their device can see the guide below.
By the looks of it, fingerprint sensor on Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact devices appears to be disabled at the firmware level. Which also means that you can easily enable fingerprint on Xperia XZ and X Compact by flashing the UK version of the firmware on your US devices, users of Xperia devices in other regions with fingerprint disabled can also use the guide below to enable the feature on their phones.
Note: Follow instructions at your own risk.
Steps To Enable Fingerprint Sensor on US Variant of Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact
1 – Back up all device data as the process below will wipe out current data.
2 – Download Flashtool on PC.
3 – From Xperiafirm, find the UK firmware for your device and download it. Make sure to delete the fwinfo.xml file from the download folder.
4 – By using the Flashtool, convert the firmware folder into a single .ftf flashable file.
5 – Turn OFF your device.
6 – Open Flashtool.
7 – Hole the Volume Down key on your mobile and connect it to the PC.
8 – When the Flashtool detects your device, click the flash icon (lightning) and select the Flash mode.
9 – Select the .ftf file you created above and swipe to start the flashing process.
10 – Wait for the file to flash on your device after which you can unplug your Xperia phone from PC.
Now you will a new option in Settings menu.
For more information, see this XDA Thread.