What is Private Mode and how do I use it?

Please Note: Private Mode was a function on older devices and operating systems. For devices running on Android Nougat and above, you can keep apps, files and images private by using the Secure Folder. More information on Secure Folders can be found here.


Private mode allows you to hide certain content. Content that is moved to Private can only be viewed with Private mode on. It will hide content in the following applications: 

• video

• gallery

• music

• voice recorder

• My Files

 

Private mode will appear like this on your device’s notification bar:   

Private mode

Enable or disable Private ModeClick to Expand

To enable or disable private mode, you will need to: 

1 From the home screen, choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps.
From the home screen, choose <strong>Apps</strong> or swipe up to access your apps.
2 Tap Settings
Tap Settings
3 Tap Lock screen and security, if you do not see this screen, go to step 4
Tap Lock screen and security
4 Tap Private mode
Tap private mode
5 Tap the switch and wait a couple of seconds
Tap the switch and wait a couple of seconds
6 Choose a screen lock
Choose a lock screen
7 Once you have entered your chosen lock screen and confirmed it, your device will be set up in Private mode
Using Private Mode to hide contentClick to Expand

To hide content, you will need to: 

1 From the home screen, choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps.
From the home screen, choose <strong>Apps</strong> or swipe up to access your apps.
2 Select the application where you wish to hide content

Please note: that this example shows you how to hide content in your Gallery, but you can also hide content in your Video, Music, Voice recorder and My Files.


Choose the application
3 Choose the Image or other individual item you'd like to hide
Select the image or other individual item you want to hide
4 Choose menu, this may shows as three dots
Choose menu
5 Choose Move to Private

PLEASE NOTE: that this option will not be available if you have not enabled Private Mode.

Choose move to private
6 The picture will now display a locked symbol and appear in a Album named Private (which will be available if you have Private Mode turned on)
A lock icon will now be displayed
View hidden contentClick to Expand

To view the hidden content, you will need to: 

1 Switch on Private mode

You can do this either by:

•           pulling down the notifications menu, then tap the Private Mode icon

or

•           by going to Settings > Private Mode and turning the slider to on.

Switch on Private mode
2 Enter your Private Mode PIN, pattern or password
Enter your private mode pin, pattern or password
3 While Private Mode is active, you will see the Private Mode icon at the top of your screen
While Private Mode is active, you will see the Private Mode icon at the top of your screen
4 Private files and images will now be available. For example, there will now be separate Private categories and folders in your Gallery and My Files
Private files and images will now be available
Browse privately using ChromeClick to Expand

To browse privately using chrome, you will need to: 

1 From the home screen, choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps.
From the home screen, choose <strong>Apps</strong> or swipe up to access your apps.
2 Tap Chrome
Tap Chrome
3 Tap menu (this may appear as three dots)
Tap menu
4 Tap New incognito tab
Tap New incognito tab
5 You can now search the internet privately
You can now search privately
Browse privately using the Samsung Internet BrowserClick to Expand

To browse the internet privately, you will need to: 

1 From the home screen, choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps.
From the home screen, choose <strong>Apps</strong> or swipe up to access your apps.
2 Tap Internet (this may be located in the Samsung folder)

Please note: that the icon may look different depending on which Operating System your device uses.

Tap Internet
3 On the internet page that opens, tap an empty space or scroll upwards. This will bring up the options at the bottom of the screen. Tap Tabs
Tap Tabs
4 Tap More. If you don't see this screen, skip to step 5.
Tap more
5 Tap New Secret Tab or Turn on Secret Mode
Tap New Secret Tab or Turn on Secret Mode
6 You can now search the internet privately

If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.


This allows us to a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.

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