What is Private Mode and how do I use it?

Private Mode was a function on older devices and operating systems that allowed you to hide certain content. Content that is moved to Private Mode can only be viewed with Private Mode switched on. It will hide content in the following applications:

 

  • Video
  • Gallery
  • Music
  • Voice recorder
  • My Files

Please note: For devices running on Android Nougat and above, you can keep apps, files and images private by using the Secure Folder. Read our FAQ to find out more about the Secure Folder and how to use it.  

Enable or disable Private ModeClick to Expand
1 Swipe up from the home screen 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, then wait a couple of seconds.
Tap the switch and wait a couple of seconds
6 Choose your preferred screen lock type (Pattern, PIN or Password).
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
1 Swipe up on the home screen to access your apps.
From the home screen, choose <strong>Apps</strong> or swipe up to access your apps.
2 Select the application for which you would like to hide content.

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

Choose the application
3 Select the image (or other type of file) that you would like to hide.
Select the image or other individual item you want to hide
4 Tap the More options icon.
Choose menu
5 Tap "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 image will now display a locked symbol and appear in a Album named Private (which will only be available if you have Private Mode turned on).
A lock icon will now be displayed
View hidden contentClick to Expand
1 Activate "Private mode".

Either:

  • Swipe down the top of the screen to reveal the Notification panel, then tap the Private Mode icon; or
  • Go to "Settings", tap "Private Mode", then tap the switch to activate Private Mode.
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.
Private mode
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
1 Swipe up from the home screen 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 the More options icon.
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
1 Swipe up from the home screen to access your apps.
From the home screen, choose <strong>Apps</strong> or swipe up to access your apps.
2 Tap "Internet".

Please note: The icon may look different depending on which Operating System your device is running.

Tap Internet
3 On the internet page that opens, tap an empty space or scroll upwards to reveal the options at the bottom of the screen. Tap "Tabs".
Tap Tabs
4 Tap "More". If this screen does not appear, 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.

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