Dec 2, 2020
Mar 20, 2022
Sergej Komlach (sergeykomlach)
Sergej Komlach (sergeykomlach)
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The development of the project was suspended due to an act of Russian aggression against my home country Ukraine.

Advanced BiometricPromptCompat


What is BiometricPrompt API?

This is a new API that declares that the system takes care of a unified way to use different biometric identification methods - fingerprint, face, iris, etc., as well as a unified way to display the UI on all devices.

To learn more, read BiometricPrompt Reference on the Android Developers site.

Unfortunately, this simplification hides a number of problems.

  • On Android 9, there is no way to simply get information about whether there is available biometric hardware and whether biometric data is enrolled. Android 10 provides BiometricManager that partially solves this problem.
  • Some manufacturers have removed/do not display the biometric UI
  • Biometric Auth solutions like Samsung Pass SDK or Meizu Fingerprint need to implement separately
  • No way to identify what types of biometric auth available on the device.
  • On Android 12 and devices with FaceUnlock (like Pixel 4), when user disable Camera via QuickSettings, Face setup and FaceUnlock stop working and no API to handle this case

How to use BiometricPromptCompat?

BiometricPromptCompat is designed to be compatible with the largest number of Android devices.
Its interface is very close to the original BiometricPrompt.

Minimal supported Android OS version: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Latest supported Android OS version: Android 13 Tiramisu (IN PROGRESS)

Key features

  • Unified UI for all devices. Exception: some vendors (like Huawei or Samsung) provide custom UI
  • Contains fix for devices WITHOUT system BiometricPrompt UI (like LG G8 or OnePlus 6T)
  • Dark/Light themes supported; Also you able to get the background color of the current Biometric dialog
  • Auth in Split-Screen Mode supported
  • Wide range of supported biometrics
  • Android 12+ microphone and camera toggles handling
  • DynamicColors (MaterialYou/Monet) theming supported

Supported types of biometric authentication

Type Details Tested on
BiometricPrompt API Android 9+ Xiaomi POCO F1, OnePlus 8T
Samsung IrisID Android 7+ and Samsung devices Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Pass Fingerprint Android 4.4-6.0 and Samsung devices Samsung Galaxy S5
Fingerprint Android 6+ Xiaomi POCO F1
In-screen Fingerprint Android 8+ OnePlus 6T/OnePlus 7 Pro
Meizu Fingerprint Android 5.0-5.1 and Meizu devices Meizu Pro 5
Face Unlock (aka TrustedFaces) Android 4.1+ Prestigio PAP3400
Huawei FaceID Android 8+ and Huawei devices Huawei MatePad T8, Huawei P30
Huawei 3D FaceID Android 10+ and Huawei devices Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Xiaomi FaceUnlock Android 7+ and Xiaomi devices Xiaomi POCO F1
Samsung FaceID Android 7+ and Samsung devices Samsung Galaxy S10
Oppo FaceID Android 8+ and Oppo devices Not tested yet
Vivo FaceId Android 8+ and Vivo devices Not tested yet
Windows Subsystem for Android & Windows Hello 13/02/2022 - host hardware not accessible Acer Aspire 7 with fingerprint scanner & Windows 11

Test app

You can check how the library works on your device using this APK


Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Samsung Galaxy S5

Huawei Mate P40 Pro

Prestigio PAP3400

Video from Xiaomi Pocophone F1



Add dependency to Gradle

 implementation 'dev.skomlach:biometric:${VERSION}' 


BiometricPromptCompat API


At first, better in Application.onCreate(), call

BiometricPromptCompat.Companion.init(callback);//Callback - null or Runnable{ do_something_after_init(); }     

fun getAvailableAuthRequests(): List<BiometricAuthRequest> - return the list with all Biometrics, supported on this device

var deviceInfo: DeviceInfo? - return device hardware specifications

For development purpose only:

fun logging(enabled: Boolean) - allow to enable/disable logging

fun apiEnabled(enabled: Boolean) - allow to enable/disable this library


Allows you to configure the type of target biometrics.
It can be any combination of BiometricApi, BiometricConfirmation and BiometricType;
Default is BiometricAuthRequest(BiometricApi.AUTO, BiometricType.BIOMETRIC_ANY, BiometricConfirmation.ANY)


BiometricConfirmation.ANY - any biometric confirm the user

BiometricConfirmation.ALL - all (one-by-one) biometrics confirm the user


BiometricApi.AUTO - the library will peek at the best-matched API

BiometricApi.LEGACY_API - forced usage of legacy biometric APIs like Fingerprint or FaceUnlock, and custom UI

BiometricApi.BIOMETRIC_API - forced usage of new BiometricPrompt API


BiometricType.BIOMETRIC_FINGERPRINT - Use only Fingerprint biometric, ignore others

BiometricType.BIOMETRIC_FACE - Use only FaceId biometric, ignore others

BiometricType.BIOMETRIC_IRIS - Use only Iris biometric, ignore others

BiometricType.BIOMETRIC_ANY - use any available biometric (multiple types supported)


fun hasEnrolled(): Boolean - returns true if specified biometric enrolled

fun isBiometricSensorPermanentlyLocked(): Boolean - returns true if:

a) specified biometric permanently locked; Device lock-unlock or reboot required from the user

b) hardware permanently blocked by user

fun isHardwareDetected(): Boolean - returns true if specified biometric hardware available

fun isLockOut(): Boolean - returns true if

a) specified biometric temporarily locked (Usually need to wait for 30 seconds and the system will reset this lock)

b) hardware temporary locked by 3rd party app

fun openSettings(Activity): Boolean - returns true if open the "Enroll biometric" settings screen for specified biometric

fun isBiometricEnrollChanged(): Boolean - returns true if enrollment changed for specified biometric.

NOTE!!! Be careful using 'isBiometricEnrollChanged' - due to technical limitations, it can return incorrect result in many cases


Simplest builder:

 val builder = BiometricPromptCompat.Builder(activity).setTitle("Biometric demo") .setNegativeButton("Cancel", null)
 val biometricPromptCompat =


fun authenticate(BiometricPromptCompat.AuthenticationCallback) - start biometric auth workflow

fun cancelAuthentication() - cancel active biometric auth workflow

@ColorRes fun getDialogMainColor(): Int - returns dialog background color


fun onSucceeded(Set<BiometricType>) - User successfully authenticated

fun onCanceled() - Biometric authentication was canceled

fun onFailed(AuthenticationFailureReason) - Error happens, see details in * AuthenticationFailureReason*

fun onUIOpened()/fun onUIClosed - Biometric UI on display or closed


Helper tool to check some biometric-related stuff in device specification

fun hasFingerprint(DeviceInfo): Boolean

fun hasUnderDisplayFingerprint(DeviceInfo): Boolean

fun hasIrisScanner(DeviceInfo): Boolean

fun hasFaceID(DeviceInfo): Boolean

Minimal code example:

private fun startBioAuth() {
   val iris = BiometricAuthRequest(
   val faceId = BiometricAuthRequest(
   val fingerprint = BiometricAuthRequest(
   var title = ""
   val currentBiometric =
       if (BiometricManagerCompat.isHardwareDetected(iris)
           && BiometricManagerCompat.hasEnrolled(iris)
       ) {
           title =
               "Your eyes are not only beautiful, but you can use them to unlock our app"
       } else
           if (BiometricManagerCompat.isHardwareDetected(faceId)
               && BiometricManagerCompat.hasEnrolled(faceId)
           ) {
               title = "Use your smiling face to enter the app"
           } else if (BiometricManagerCompat.isHardwareDetected(fingerprint)
               && BiometricManagerCompat.hasEnrolled(fingerprint)
           ) {
               title = "Your unique fingerprints can unlock this app"
           } else {

   currentBiometric?.let { biometricAuthRequest ->
       if (BiometricManagerCompat.isBiometricSensorPermanentlyLocked(biometricAuthRequest)
           || BiometricManagerCompat.isLockOut(biometricAuthRequest)
       ) {
           showToast("Biometric not available right now. Try again later")

       val prompt = BiometricPromptCompat.Builder(this).apply {
           this.setNegativeButton("Cancel", null)
           this.setEnabledNotification(false)//hide notification
           this.setEnabledBackgroundBiometricIcons(false)//hide duplicate biometric icons above dialog

       prompt.authenticate(object : BiometricPromptCompat.AuthenticationCallback {
           override fun onSucceeded(confirmed: Set<BiometricType>) {
               showToast("User authorized :)")

           override fun onCanceled() {
               showToast("Auth canceled :|")

           override fun onFailed(reason: AuthenticationFailureReason?) {
               showToast("Fatal error happens :(\nReason $reason")

           override fun onUIOpened() {}

           override fun onUIClosed() {}
   } ?: run {
       showToast("No available biometric on this device")


False-positive and/or False-negative detection

On pure API28 implementation (built-in BiometricPrompt API) is no way to get ' isBiometricEnrolled' results for specific biometric, like Iris/Face, etc. So, some tricks have used that try to determine by indirect signs which biometric data are used (like "if NOT fingerprint, BUT something enrolled in the System Settings").

There are edge cases where we cannot tell exactly what type of biometrics is enrolled - for example, if it is Samsung with Face and Iris - in this case, the code can give a incorrect result. It can happen if you set BiometricApi.BIOMETRIC_API + BiometricType.BIOMETRIC_FACE or BiometricApi.BIOMETRIC_API + BiometricType.BIOMETRIC_IRIS

Fortunately, for Samsung with Face and Iris, the 'legacy' check should work correctly, so for general cases when you use BiometricApi.AUTO/LEGACY_API + BiometricType.BIOMETRIC_FACE/BIOMETRIC_IRIS all should work fine.

I have a device that can be unlocked using Fingerprint/Face/Iris and(or) I can use this biometric type in pre-installed apps. But it doesn't work on 3rd party apps. Can you help?

Yes, this is, unfortunately, happening very often. Many functions demanded by the market are often implemented by device manufacturers before the same API appears in the official Android SDK.

The device manufacturer has implemented biometric authentication via fingerprint/face/iris, but " forgot" to provide access to this implementation for third-party developers. Therefore, preinstalled (system) applications developed by the device manufacturer can use biometrics, while banking applications, password managers, and other third-party applications cannot.

And unfortunately, sometimes manufacturers create such implementations that it is impossible to access using any known technic.

Anyway, research and testing are required for each case, so feel free to create issues or contact directly with me.

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