Hide and Show Contents on Samsung Galaxy S5 Using Private Mode Enable and Disable Private mode (Marshmallow) vs Hide contents with Private mode (Marshmallow) vs View and Remove items from Private mode (Marshmallow) ... and 4 more

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You can hide items on your Samsung Galaxy S5 to protect contents against access from unauthorized persons. Once you have Set Samsung Galaxy S5 Into Private Mode, you can now start hiding files on your device. Disabling Private mode will hide the items selected, while Private mode is enabled. Private mode is also disabled whenever the phone is turned off.

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Method 1: Enable and Disable Private mode (Marshmallow)

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    From the home screen, tap "Apps".
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    While on the Apps screen, tap "Settings".
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    Inside Settings, search for "Private mode"
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    Tap the first result.
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    To enable Private mode, tap the switch in the upper right corner.
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    You'll now be prompted to enter your pattern, password, pin or fingerprint
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    For the purpose of this article, we used Pin as our unlock method.
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    Once you've entered and confirmed your unlock method, the switch in the upper right corner will be green
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    This indicates that Private mode is enabled.
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Method 2: Hide contents with Private mode (Marshmallow)

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    To select items to hide, navigate to your Photo Gallery and tap an album
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    Tap and hold an image, then select any remaining images you wish to hide.
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    Once your images are selected, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner
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    From the dropdown menu, tap "Move to private".
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    Now that you've moved items to private, it's time to turn Private mode off
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    Go to settings, then Private mode once again.
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    Inside Private mode, tap the switch in the upper right corner to turn it off
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    Now any files that you made private will not be visible on the device until Private mode is switched back on.
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Method 3: View and Remove items from Private mode (Marshmallow)

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    Ensure that Private mode is enabled.
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    With Private mode turned on, locate and tap your "Apps" icon.
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    On the Apps screen, tap "My files".
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    Inside My files, tap "Private".
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    Here you can view all the items you've made private.
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    To remove files from private, tap and hold until you can select multiple items.
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    With your files selected, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner
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    From the dropdown menu, tap "Remove from private".
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    Next, choose a location to move your previously hidden files to and tap, "Move here".
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Method 4: Enable and Disable Private mode (Kitkat)

Enabling and disabling Private mode plays a vital role in hiding and showing any selected content. To enable or disable Private mode, follow these procedures.

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    Go to your device's Home screen
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    • You can go to the Home screen by pressing the Home key once or by tapping the Back keys for a few times.
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    From the Home screen get to the Apps icon located on the extreme right portion of the Favourites bar
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    The Apps icon will take you to the list of applications on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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    From the list of applications icon on your device, select the application that is supported by Private mode
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    Private mode supports these applications:
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    On settings, scroll up and look for Private mode or the Personalisation options.
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    Tap on the Private mode under Personalisation
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    You will be taken to the Private mode page.
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    On Private mode page, tap on the switch button on the upper-right part of the phone's screen
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    • Switching the button to the left turns Private mode off.
    • Switching the button to the right turns Private mode on.
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  • It is important to note that when Private mode is turned on, all hidden applications will be shown. When Private mode is turned off, all hidden applications will not be shown on your device.

Method 5: Hide contents with Private mode (Kitkat)

To be able to hide files (music files, video files, photos, and others) on your device, follow these procedures:

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    Go to your device's Home screen
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    • You can go to the Home screen by pressing the Home key once or by tapping the Back keys for a few times.
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    From the Home screen get to the Apps icon located on the extreme right portion of the Favourites bar
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    The Apps icon will take you to the list of applications on your Samsung Galaxy S5.[File:Walakobay_how to set Samsung Galaxy S5 into Private Mode Picture 2b.png|left]]
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    From the list of applications icon on your device, select the application that is supported by Private mode
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    Private mode supports these applications:
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    • Gallery - you can choose music files, screenshots, video files and photos taken on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
    • Video - you can choose the video files on the Video app.
    • Music - you can choose the music files on the Music app.
    • Voice recorder - you can choose the recorded audios on the Voice Recorder app.
    • My Files - you can choose the files and data on this pre-installed file explorer.
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    For this example, choose Gallery
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    Tap on the Gallery icon to open your device's gallery.
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    Gallery will now show the list of items on it, tap and hold the file that you want to hide and keep private
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    You can repeat this step until all items that you want to hide are selected (with a green check mark).
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    Once items are selected, tap on the More button located on the upper-right part of your phone's screen.
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    From the list of options from More, tap on Move to Private
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    These selected items will now be part of the Private mode items. When Set Samsung Galaxy S5 Into Private Mode, these items will not be shown on the Gallery.
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    Items will now be shown with the Private mode icon, this means that the items are now on the Private mode.
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    You have successfully learned how to set items into Private mode
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    When you disable the Private mode, these items will no longer be shown on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Method 6: Remove items from Private mode (Kitkat)

When removed from Private mode, items can now be viewed on your phone whether Private mode is enabled or disabled. If you want to remove items from Private mode on your phone, follow these procedures:

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    Go to Home > Apps > Settings > Private Mode > Put the switch to the right to turn the feature on.
    • You need to enable Private mode so you will be able to view the hidden items on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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    Go to your device's Home screen
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    • You can go to the Home screen by pressing the Home key once or by tapping the Back keys for a few times.
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    From the Home screen get to the Apps icon located on the extreme right portion of the Favourites bar
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    The Apps icon will take you to the list of applications on your Samsung Galaxy S5.[File:Walakobay_how to set Samsung Galaxy S5 into Private Mode Picture 2b.png|left]]
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    From the list of applications icon on your device, select the application where the item that you want to unhide is located
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    For this example, choose Gallery
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    For this example, choose Gallery
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    Tap on the Gallery icon to open your device's gallery.
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    You will now see the items on your Gallery including the items that are hidden from your phone.
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    Tap and hold the items that you want to remove from Private mode.
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    Tap on the More button located on the upper-right part of your phone's screen.
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    From the list of options from More, tap on Remove from Private
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    The selected items will no longer be hidden from your phone.
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    You have successfully learned how to remove items from Private mode
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    These items can now be viewed regardless if Private mode is enabled on disabled.
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Method 7: View all files made private (Kitkat)

If you want to view all of the items being protected by Private mode, you can go to the My files to see them. Follow these procedures to do that:

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    Go to your device's Home screen
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    • You can go to the Home screen by pressing the Home key once or by tapping the Back keys for a few times.
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    From the Home screen get to the Apps icon located on the extreme right portion of the Favourites bar
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    The Apps icon will take you to the list of applications on your Samsung Galaxy S5.[File:Walakobay_how to set Samsung Galaxy S5 into Private Mode Picture 2b.png|left]]
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    From the list of applications icon on your device, select My Files by tapping on it.[File:Walakobay_how to set Samsung Galaxy S5 into Private Mode Picture 8c.png|left]]
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    Under Local Storage, tap on the Private icon.[File:Walakobay_how to set Samsung Galaxy S5 into Private Mode Picture 9.png|left]]
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    You will now be taken to a page where all of the hidden files by Private Mode are shown.[File:Walakobay_how to set Samsung Galaxy S5 into Private Mode Picture 10.png|left]]
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    You have successfully learned how to view files hidden by Private mode.
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Questions and Answers

Moving items from memory card from private mode would they still be visible if you take memory card out and put it in another device?

Does memory card hide files in privatemode

They are found under .hide when you mark them to private. Once you do that even if you save to the SD card, it will still be in the .hide of internal memory. If you wish to save these files, then connect your phone to the PC and transfer them.

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Problem facing that the pictures are not showing in private mode after updating the mobile?

A) what is the destination file of private mode folder? I backed up my phone prior to doing a Factory Reset and I don't know how to retrieve the pictures that were in the private mode folder. B) If the photos have not been saved via Kies or a regular backup, is there any way to recover them?

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The destination is .hide. After a factory reset, whatever was not transferred via Kies or a backup will be gone. There is no way to retrieve them unless you had a seperate cloud type of storage such as Google Photos.

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Can you help? Hello. I used the back to factory settings option on my Samsung Galaxy S5. I was told that none of my pictures would get deleted and private pictures, but they all got deleted and I had some very important picture-documents on my private pictures.

Hello. I used the back to factory settings option on my Samsung Galaxy S5. I was told that none of my pictures would get deleted and private pictures, but they all got deleted and I had some very important picture-documents on my private pictures.

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Firstly, check your microSD card for any missing files. You can use any file manager for that like X-plore. Factory resetting will not delete anything from your microSD card. Also, if you previously backed up your contents on your computer, use the program that you have resorted to to restore your contents. The most popular program for S5 models that you can launch can be Kies or Smart Switch. Both can restore your manual back up.

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If the data was extremely important, then you should switch off your smartphone immediately and ship it to SalvageData. SalvageData, or any other data recovery service, will do its best to extract information from your formatted smartphone. You can submit your case right on the Web site to get your quotation.

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I think my husband put a software on my phone to track me?

I think my husband put a software or an app on my phone to track my location and/or who I am calling and/or texting which websites I visit, etc. How can I find out if he has?

This is not an easy task, as modern application tend to mask themselves quite well. There are some oblique signs though:

  • poor voice call quality with some strange beeps and noise on the background;
  • the battery has been draining considerably faster than before;
  • random reboots;
  • check your Internet data: you can use your carrier web site for that or visit the carrier office; examine all of the addressed IPs or addresses. You can use https://www.easywhois.com/ for IP addresses (enter the IP and select "IP address lookup" from the drop-down menu). Visit every suspicious web site that you probably have not visited;
  • hotter or slower phone than usual;
  • install and run anti-spyware programs, for example, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antispycell.free.
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There is an unidentifiable icon on my daughter's phone. Can you help?

My daughter has an icon on her phone in the upper-left corner. She claims that she don't know what it is and that it just appeared. I believe it's one of those apps that you use to hide messages and pictures and such. It looks like a tag with a key.

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This is a T-Mobile icon.

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    You can disable alerts by pressing the home button.
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    Disable WiFi and stay on the mobile data connection.
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    Tap on the "Apps".
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    Tap on T-Mobile My Account.
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    Press the menu button at the bottom of the device.
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    Tap on "Options" that will pop up on the screen.
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    Uncheck all of the notifications.
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    Tap on "Save"
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    The icon will disappear.
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    If that did not help, press the home button again.
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    Tap on "Apps".
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    Tap on "Settings".
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    Tap on "Applications".
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    Tap on "Application Manager".
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    Swipe the screen to "ALL".
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    Tap T-Mobile My Account.
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    Uncheck "Show notifications".
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View old files saved privately on new phone?

I had to send my S5 in for repair, how can I view the files on my SD card that I had moved to the private mode on my old S5, I can see 5GB of files but can't view any of them

Basically, you can't. Otherwise, it would defeat the purpose of Private Mode because anyone could use your SD card. It saves to internal memory and even when you move it to the SD card, it reverts or saves as encrypted. Maybe running a crack program would open the files but that could damage the rest of the files on your SD card.

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WHEN I TRY TO HIDE MY CALLER ID THEN I AM NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE ANY CALLS. HOW DO I CANCEL THIS?

I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE CALLS IF I HIDE MY CALLER ID. IT SAYS CONDITIONAL FORWARDING ON

Samsung Support has created a tutorial on how to hide your caller i.d.. It will only work for making calls and not for SMS. Additionally, some countries and carriers do not allow you to hide your caller i.d. If this is your case, then you can consider using a third party app to make calls and mask your identity. However, if the person you are contacting has an app like True Caller enabled then your identity will show up for them even if you try to mask the call. Your number also might show on their actual hard copy cellphone bill if they request to itemize.

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Hi there I've got an S4, how do I unhide contents?

Hi there I've got an S4, how do I unhide contents

Whether you are in Gallery or My Files, you can tap the More in the settings of those apps. There will be a section for hidden items. Click that and you can show all or individually the items you wish to unhide. This is for the Kitkat OS. If you have been upgraded to Lollipop OS, you can connect your phone to Kies and search for items with .hide attached.

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How to find the "private" folder when transferring files over to a computer if it is not activated?

I dropped my phone and now the entire screen is black, the phone still functions as I can unlock it, open apps, receive calls but I cannot see anything on the screen. So I am obviously getting a new one but I wanted to transfer all my files over to my computer so I can have them saved. I have several photos and pictures hidden through the private function and as the screen is black I cannot activate the private function, even when I try my best going off my memory I don't believe I am unlocking private mode. So is there a way to find the photos in the private folder on my computer when I connect them or not?

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You can run a search for .hide within Kies but without Private Mode disabled, you may just be transferring files that you will never be able to open unless you crack the encryption.

How do I move my Picassa album to my laptop?

When I connect my Samsung Galaxy S5 to my laptop it never comes up with my Picassa album & try as I cannot find it, there is a video on there that I am desperate to view but cannot send it to the PC, even asked the geek squad & there was nothing they could do, I cannot view it on my phone, cannot email it as it says its an unsupported file. I would really appreciate some help on this matter. Many thanks

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Google saves any Picassa albums in which you can access them online at Album Archive. You can go into your Gallery and manually Sync. If you can't find the video here then check Google Drive as that is the default storage method for Picassa on Android.

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I can't locate my apps icon on the extreme right hand side of my favorites bar?

There's no apps icon on my Galaxy S5

This happened after the Lollipop OS update. You can either go to Settings and then Display and toggle the Multi Window function OR long press on the screen and you will be able to adjust settings and widgets for your home screen.

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How to free up space on Samsung Galaxy 5?

I have a Samsung Galaxy 5. It is saying the memory is almost full. My contacts are taking up an enormous amount of space. When my daughter set up my phone, she imported all of my Yahoo email contacts into my phone contacts. Now I can't delete them. I don't need them in my contacts. Ideas?

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You can login on the PC to Google Contacts. These are your phone contacts. You can edit within that website and then sync your phone for the changes. The other option is to go to People in your Apps list and deselect Yahoo. Reboot the phone and see if they are gone from your contacts. If you have the Yahoo app then go to Applications Manager and Clear Cache and Data within that app. Then delete it and re install but this time choose not to sync Yahoo email contacts with your phone contacts.

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