Set Samsung Galaxy S5 Into Private Mode

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You can use Hide and Show Contents on Samsung Galaxy S5 Using Private Mode. Private mode protects your important and confidential data such as images and documents on your Galaxy S5 by restricting access to these contents. You can hide these items by transferring them to a certain location and deactivating the Private mode. Once Private mode is deactivated, the location where the contents are saved will also be hidden along with its deactivation. Before using Private mode, you need to set it up on your phone.

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Set Private Mode on Samsung Galaxy S5

To set your Samsung Galaxy S5 into Private mode and start restricting access to contents on your phone, you need to follow these procedures:

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    Go to your Samsung Galaxy S5's Home Screen by tapping on the Back key for a few times or by pressing the Home key for a few times.
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    From Galaxy S5's Home screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right portion of the phone's screen.
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    From the list of applications on your phone, locate Settings and tap on the application to open it.
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    From Settings, scroll up to find the Private mode icon.
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    Under Personalisation, tap on Private mode to open the Private mode page.
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    The next page will show you a quick description of the feature (Private mode), tap on the Next icon to proceed to the next page.
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    The next page will show you the type of contents for:
    applications that can be hidden through the Private mode,
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    • Gallery and all of its contents: music files, photos, screenshots, images, and videos.
    • Video and all of its contents.
    • Music and all of its contents.
    • Voice recorder and all of the recordings done.
    • My Files and all of its contents.
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    Tap on the Next icon to proceed to the next page.
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    You are now on the Using Private mode page, the pages tells you information on using Private mode on your Galaxy S5.
    Tap on Start icon to get to the next page.
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    Select the unlock method that you want.
    You will be using this method to unlock Private mode on your device.
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    • Pattern - allows you to set a Pattern lock for Private mode. To unlock, simply swipe the pre-set pattern to open the feature.
    • PIN - allows you to set a PIN lock for Private mode. To unlock, simply enter the pre-set PIN code to open the feature.
    • Fingerprint - allows you to set a fingerprint lock for Private mode. To unlock, simply swipe your finger from the fingerprint icon on the lower-middle part of your phone to the fingerprint sensor on the Home button to open the feature.
    • Password - allows you to set a Password lock for Private mode. To unlock, simply enter the pre-set password to open the feature.
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    For this instruction, tap on PIN to select the said unlocking method and tap on OK to get to the next page.
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    Enter a numeric PIN to use for unlocking Private mode, tap on Continue button to get to the next page.
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    Confirm the PIN code by entering it again, tap on OK to proceed to activate the Private mode.
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    You have successfully activated the Private mode on your Galaxy S5.
    The Private mode icon will now appear on the upper-left portion of the Status bar.
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Questions and Answers

My password is not allowing me to access private mode?

I set the password and now it is not allowing access

After you set the password to Private Mode, your phone is still in private mode, so the password will not work. You need to sign out of Private Mode, and back into normal mode. Once you've done that, you will notice that any content or items you set as private are no longer available or visible. Then, you can enable Private mode, which will use the PIN you set, and let you back into Private Mode, where you can see all of your content that was previously hidden.

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How do you reset private mode password in the SGS5?

How do you reset private mode "password" in Samsung Galaxy S5? I locked myself out and cannot get into it and I don't want to Hard Reset the phone.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be possible to reset Private Mode settings from outside of Private Mode. If you want to reset your password, it looks as though you'll need to restore your device to factory default settings, or go without Private Mode. Make sure you pick a password you can remember if you do decide to reset your phone. You can find a guide for how to do so here: Perform a factory reset on Android Device.

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Reset Private Mode Password in Samsung Galaxy S5?

I want to reset the private mode password in the Samsung Galaxy S5, without hard resetting the whole phone?

To reset your password for Private Mode:

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    Go to your 'Home Screen'
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    Go to 'Apps'
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    Go to 'Settings'
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    Scroll down to 'Private Mode'
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    Tap 'Private Mode'
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    Tap on 'Unlock Method, and enter your PIN
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    Select the new method (PIN, Pattern, Password, Fingerprint)
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    Enter your new PIN or other password.
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    Tap 'Continue'
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    Enter your new PIN or other password again.
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    Tap on 'OK'
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    Congratulations, you've changed your PIN.
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Can't get password to work for Private Model S5, need to reset?

Can't get password to work for Private Model S5, need to reset.

In this Youtube Tutorial, you can see how to go into your Settings and change the password for Private Mode. You will need your original pin though so make sure that you have the correct one.

Thanks for your help. Close - trying to access private mode locked out?

I set up the Private mode - with a pattern but it will not unlock. If I try other patterns it tells me the other patterns are wrong. So I know I am making the correct pattern, it continues to tell me "failed to enable private mode". any ideas ?

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Use a pin instead of pattern. Private Mode seems to be very touchy and unstable with the pattern locks. Pin will be your best solution to make it lock. Use a pin that you are familiar with. If you set up a fingerprint lock, make sure you also set up the backup password during the set up.

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Trying to reset password haven't used in awhile it won't let me?

Trying to reset password for privacy mode

There is no way to retrieve this password if you have forgotten it because you need to know it in order to go into your phone settings and reset the password from privacy mode. Your only option is to transfer the files using the external SD card to a PC and then performing a hard reset.

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Never set private mode pattern but phone keeps asking about one?

I installed an app named perfect appLock, I think it assigned a pattern automatically I uninstalled it, and now I have the problem.

Go into Recovery Mode and Wipe Your Cache Partition. Restart the phone and see if you are still getting that notification. If you are then go into Settings to Security and clear any credentials that have been enabled but do not clear your Google Account.

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When I deactivate fingerprint password it says fingerprint unlock is currently set as the private mode unlock method select another method and try again?

I tried all the ways possible but still the same issue how can the fingerprint password be removed

You have to go into settings to Private Mode and reset to a pin lock. After you do this go into Security and then clear your fingerprint lock.

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Unable to set pictures to private?

In Gallery I don't have the option to set pictures to private.

You have not enabled the Private Mode properly. Go back into the Private Mode settings to make sure that you have selected Gallery as one area to choose from for Private Mode. Once you have done that, then you can move and choose from within the Private Mode area to select photos.

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My phone keeps saying "failed to enable private mode"?

I turned it ON fine, but once I turned it OFF, I can't turn it back ON

Are you using the right pin to lock it properly? Go into Settings and try to set it up again and choose a pin as a lock and not one of the other options such as pattern. It sometimes does not recognize the pattern properly.

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I can't remember my pin for private mode?

Forgot pin to private mode so you should hack the phone and give it to me because your a nice IT person who wants to help me. Out of town for the next few years

The only way to access the items in the Private Mode is to use your External SD card with a card reader and the PC. You will have to hard reset your phone to ever use the Private Mode again.

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I forgot my pin number to access Private Mode?

I'm trying to access my Private Mode and I forgot the password! Please help

Once you have forgotten your password from Private Mode, you can't access unless you hard reset. First, take out the SD card and transfer the items in the Private Mode to your PC. Then perform the hard reset.

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I've forgotten my pattern, how do I retrieve it, or fix it?

Trying private mode on my S5 and apparently I've already chosen pattern

Keep trying because this is the only way to access. There are not other options because this is like your KNOX security. It is meant to never be accessed unless you have the right pattern.

I don't know the code? I've never set it before and its asking for a code?

I've never established a code, not sure what it is. What is the stock code?

There is no stock code. You must have put in a pattern or pin. Try your ATM pin or birthdate for instance. Otherwise connect your phone to Kies with the PC and back up your data and hard reset.

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Sir I want to completely lock my phone?

Sir actually I have Samsung Grand Neo and I want to lock it completely Use the KNOX app on your phone in Security to completely lock down your phone. Make sure to set up a Google Account if you have not done so for the phone first. When you set up the pin, make sure it is something you will recall easily. Avoid patterns because those are easily forgotten or break down if your screen has any oily residue.

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I factory reset it and I can't get past the Google account and I watched a video and it said click mode in my camera and its there but it won't let me click it?

I factory reset it and I can't get past the Google account and I watched a video and it said click mode in my camera and its there but it won't let me click it

If you have Lollipop or Marshmallow installed, you will have to install all new Stock ROM on the device after you hard reset to bypass Google. You can't click it because you missed a step or your phone does not support this method. Find new Stock ROM and install it. Some carriers have the stock ROM on their websites for issues like this so check your Carrier website first.

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