Friday , June 8 2018

Commbank wants you to give them the finger: you can now unlock their app with your fingerprint

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Commonwealth Bank may be behind the times with implementing Android Pay considering that they have dropped their official complaint against the service, however, they have at least added fingerprint to unlock to this app, sort of.

Once you’ve turned on fingerprint to unlock, which isn’t promoted you’ll need to go to settings to find it, the app will still open as normal. Then when you tap login you’ll get the standard keypad and a popup for ‘unlock with fingerprint’. Tap any of your saved fingers and you should be granted access. A few readers who have used the app are commenting that it would be better if it just prompted you on log-in and worked it into that UI.

But at least it makes tap to pay easier right? Nope, according to the feedback we’ve received (those of us who were with CBA left to get Android Pay) you’ll still need to manually enter your PIN to use their in-app tap to pay solution. In all fairness this is the first iteration of fingerprint to unlock, however, it does look like it was boot-strapped on rather than seamlessly integrated with their app.

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Let us know if you like the CBA implementation.

Thanks: +Will.

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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Quick question (slightly off topic).
You said “those of us who were with CBA left to get Android Pay”.
What is the advantage of Android Pay over CommBank’s in-app Tap and Pay?

Using the CommBank App on my phone, I can make purchases using any of my CommBank accounts at any terminal that supports PayWave. I was under the impression Android Pay provided the same function (but as a third party).

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Android Pay is a bit easier to use. CBA’s app requires (or at least, used to require) you to open the app first and authenticate with a PIN. Android Pay works as long as your phone screen is unlocked, so fingerprint unlock on phones with a FP reader does the trick. It’s a LOT quicker (as someone that’s used both).

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Mic

Right, I see.
Thanks for the info.

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Eh you can tell it was just bolted on rather than integrated. It works though so I am not complaining too much. Let’s hope this is just the first step as opposed to the whole thing.

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Very nice! 🙂

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TT

This update is quite long ago, but I would rather they gave finger print support for tap and pay first. Unlock the app is not quite important for me.

Nizar Noor
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Hope they’ll add this for Tap & Pay soon.

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Got the update yesterday, but does not allow you to use fingerprint for Tap and Pay. Still a pleasant feature.

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Sammy

Wish all the banking apps follow this, updated this last night was really happy

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