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Set Up a Screen Lock on Your Phone

Set a Screen Lock on Your Phone

Prying eyes, keep out! Your phone holds all your important information, so make sure you protect it and keep it private. A great way to increase the security on your phone is by setting up a screen lock. This way, only you can access your phone and no one else.

Note: The Iris Scanner is only available on S8/S8+, S9/S9+, Note8, and Note9.

Set Up a Basic Screen Lock

To ensure your phone's security, you can set up a password, PIN, or Pattern. That way, even if someone gets their hands on your phone, they won't be able to access it.

From Settings, swipe to and tap Lock screen. Then, tap Screen lock type and select your desired type of lock. Follow the on-screen instructions to set it up.

Here are the basic Screen lock types:

  • Swipe: Swipe the screen to unlock it.

  • Pattern: Create a pattern that you draw on the screen to unlock.

  • PIN: Select a PIN to unlock the screen.

  • Password: Create a password for unlocking the screen.

  • None: No screen lock.

Basic Screen Lock Types

Set Up Biometric Security

You can also set up Biometric security so you can unlock your phone with your face, your fingerprints, or even your eyes! Intelligent Scan uses face and iris recognition together for the tightest security. How cool is that?

From Settings, swipe to and tap Lock screen. Then, tap Screen lock type and select your desired type of lock. Tap the slider next to your desired option, and then follow the on-screen instructions. 

Here is a basic rundown of the available biometric options:

  • Fingerprints: Use fingerprint recognition to unlock the screen.

  • Face: Use facial recognition to unlock your phone.

  • Iris: Use iris recognition to unlock the screen.

  • Intelligent Scan: Use face and iris recognition together for better accuracy and security. This feature is only on the S9/S9+ and Note9.

Screen Lock Biometrics Security

Secure Lock Settings

For extra protection, you can set up secure lock settings, such as an automatic screen lock when your phone is idle. However, these settings won't show up until after you've already made a Lock screen. Here's how to access them:

From Settings, search for and select Secure lock settings. Tap Screen lock settings again, and if prompted, enter your current lock screen credentials. Then, turn your desired Secure lock settings on or off by tapping the sliders.

  • Make pattern visible: Choose whether or not the pattern appears on the screen when you draw it.

  • Lock automatically: Choose when your phone will lock the screen after the display turns off automatically.

  • Lock instantly with power key: Set your phone to lock instantly when you press the power key.

  • Auto factory reset: After 15 incorrect attempts to unlock your phone, it will be reset to factory default settings, and all data will be erased, including files and downloaded apps.

  • Lock network and security: Keep network and security-related functions locked while your phone is locked, making it easier to locate and protect if it’s lost or stolen.

  • Show Lockdown option: Display a Power button option that turns off Smart Lock, biometrics unlock, and notifications on the Lock screen.

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