Galaxy Note8 - How do I change security features on my Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SM-N950W)?

Last Update Date : May 10. 2018

Security Features

Your phone offers various security features to keep your phone and data secure from others.

Note: Screens and settings available may vary depending on your Canadian wireless service provider and your software version.

Set Up Samsung Pass

Note: Use Samsung Pass to access your favorite services with biometric data. You must sign into your Samsung account to use Samsung Pass.

1 From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
2 Touch Settings.
3 Touch Lock screen and security.
4 Scroll to and touch Samsung Pass.
5 Review the information on Samsung pass and then touch NEXT.
6 Enter your Samsung account password, and then touch CONFIRM.
7 To agree to the following, select I have read and agree to all of the above, and then touch NEXT.
8 Samsung Pass requires biometric authentication. Select the desired biometric authentication and then follow the instructions.
9 After creating a biometric authentication, sign into Samsung Pass using the biometric.
10 Touch NEXT to complete setting up Samsung Pass and start using its features.

Use Samsung Pass

Important: Samsung Pass only works with Samsung Internet browser.

1 Using Samsung Internet, navigate to your favorite website where you need to sign into your account.
2 After signing into your account, Samsung Pass will ask if you want to save the account information.
3 To save your account information and sign in by using your biometrics, select Sign in using biometrics via Samsung Pass and then touch REMEMBER.
4 Next time you sign into the website, all you have to do is scan your biometrics instead of filling in the account information.

Enable Unknown Sources

Note: Enabling Unkown sources allows your phone to install apps from sources other than the Play Store or Galaxy Apps.

Important: Do not download unknown apps as it makes your smartphone more vulnerable to malware and viruses. Samsung is not liable for any issue caused by any app downloaded from any unknown source. This is a recommendation but final decision is yours.

1 From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
2 Touch Settings.
3 Touch Lock screen and security.
4 Scroll to Unknown sources. To activate the function, touch the slider.
Galaxy Note8 - How do I change security features on my Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SM-N950W)?
5 Review the information on Unknown sources and then touch OK.
Galaxy Note8 - How do I change security features on my Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SM-N950W)?

Set up Secure Folder

Note: Lock your private content and apps to enhance security. You must sign into your Samsung account in order to use Secure Folder. You must also set a secure lock for your phone.

1 From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
2 Touch the Samsung folder to access its content.
3 Touch Secure Folder.
4 Review the information about Secure Folder and touch NEXT.
5 Sign into your Samsung account and then touch CONFIRM.
6 Choose a lock type to protect your apps and private files and then touch NEXT.
7 Follow the on-screen prompts to set your lock method.
8 After setting a lock, your Secure Folder will be created.

Use Secure Folder

1 From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
2 Touch Secure Folder.

Note: Secure Folder may be located in the Samsung folder.

3 Enter your credentials.
4 Use the following options to secure your private content:
Galaxy Note8 - How do I change security features on my Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SM-N950W)?

   • Lock: Locks your Secure Folder.

   • Add apps: Add the desired apps to Secure Folder.

   • Add files: Add the desired files to Secure Folder.

   • Edit Apps: Uninstall the desired app from Secure Folder or add the desired apps to a Home screen.

Secure Startup

Note: Protect your phone by using a screen lock when it is turned on. For this example, the phone has a PIN lock set up.

Important: Your phone must have a screen lock set up to enable this function.

1 From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
2 Touch Settings.
3 Touche Lock screen and security.
4 Scroll to and touch Secure startup.
5 To set the secure startup, choose Require PIN when device turns on and then touch OK.

Note: This screen will vary depending on the type of lock screen you have set up.

6 Enter your PIN and then touch NEXT to complete the set up.

Encrypt SD Card

Note: Protect the data on your microSD card by encrypting it. Encryption is a mean to protect any data stored on your SD card. Once encrypted, only your smartphone can read the data stored on your SD card.

1 From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
2 Touch Settings.
3 Touch Lock screen and security.
4 Scroll to and touch Encrypt SD card.
5 Review the information on encrypting your microSD card and then touch ENCRYPT SD CARD.
Galaxy Note8 - How do I change security features on my Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SM-N950W)?

Note: If you have a screen lock set up, you will need to enter your credentials.

Important: If you reset your device to the factory defaults with this setting enabled, the device will not be able to read your encrypted files. Disable this setting before resetting the device (follow the same path and touch "Decrypt SD card").

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