How do I switch the child lock on my Samsung washing machine on and off?

Child lock on Samsung washing machines allows you to lock the buttons on your appliance so that your selected cycle can't be changed. When child lock is enabled, all the buttons on the control panel will be locked except for the power button and an icon will appear on the display.

Please note: Even once the washing machine has powered down, the child lock will remain activated until it is turned off.

Child lock icons

Methods to activate/deactivate the Child Lock can vary between washing machine models. If you do not recognise your model in the examples below, check your user manual for details. Some common methods are explained below:

For devices without a Navigation dial


1 Press and hold the spin and temperature buttons for 3 seconds.
2 Press and hold the rinse and temperature buttons for 3 seconds.
3 Press and hold the + and - buttons for 3 seconds. Then press and hold Start/Pause.
For devices with a Navigation dial
1 Close the washing machine door.
2 Tap the additional functions button.
3 Turn the navigation dial to select Child Lock
4 Tap the select button.
5 Tap the select button to select On or Off.
6 The Child Lock icon will turn on when the function is on.

Please note: If you tap a button with Child Lock activated, an alarm will trigger with the “Child Lock on” message. If you open and close the door with Child Lock on, an alarm will also trigger with the messages “Open door & check inside” and “Child Lock on”.

Washing machine icons and codes gives you more information about the status of your appliance. Read our FAQ on delay end function if you want to find out how to create a delayed finish to your wash. 

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