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Using Private Mode on Your Galaxy Tab S

Hide personal content from being accessed by anyone else using your device. Private mode allows you to hide photos, videos, music and other files so they cannot be seen by others, without the use of a 3rd party application. Private mode is only available for certain applications.

• A secure screen lock (Pattern, PIN, Fingerprint, or Password) is required to use Private Mode.
• If you forget your password, factory reset is needed.

The instructions below are only for devices with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Set Up Private Mode

Private Mode does not protect your data from being accessed by other applications. To prevent data from being synchronized with external servers, please disable auto-sync settings on your device.

  1. From a Home screen, touch Apps > Settings > DEVICE > Private mode.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
  2. Touch NEXT and then START to continue.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
  3. Touch slider OFF to turn Private Mode On 

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode

    If you have not set up a Pattern, PIN, or Password you will be required to create one before accessing the page shown in the below screenshot.

  4. If prompted, configure a secure lock screen.  The following options are available in Private mode:

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
    • Touch Private mode access type to change the lock screen type.

    • Mark the check box for Auto disable to turn the feature ON, which automatically turns off Private mode when the screen turns off.

   

Using Private Mode

  1. When you find a file you want to make private, simply touch MORE at the top right corner, and then select Move to Private.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
  2. Private mode icon will appear on the file indicating it is private. The files will appear until you turn Private mode off, after turning the private mode off, the files will disappear. See Disable Private Mode below.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode

To select multiple files at once, follow the steps below:

  1. From the List view, touch MORE > Select

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
  2. Select the file(s) and touch MORE > Move to Private.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
  3. Private mode icon will appear on the file(s) indicating it is private. The files will appear until you turn Private mode off, after turning the private mode off, the files will disappear. See Disable Private Mode below.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode

Disable Private Mode

  1. From a Home screen, touch Apps > Settings > DEVICE > Private mode.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
  2. Touch slider ON to turn Private Mode OFF

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
  3. Touch OK to disable Private mode.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode

Remove Files from Private Mode

To remove file(s) from Private mode, follow the steps below:

  1. From the List view, touch MORE at the top right corner, and touch Select

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
  2. Select the file(s) you wish to remove from Private mode and touch MORE at the top right corner, and touch Select.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode
  3. Assign a folder name and touch CREATE to remove files from Private and into new folder. 

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S Private Mode