Samsung is rolling out a “Maintenance” mode that allows you to create a new user account when repairing your phone. Thus, no sensitive information can be consulted.
Source : Robin Wycke – Frandroid
During its life cycle, a smartphone is brought to live countless tribulations. And it is, obviously, never safe from a bad fall or a deeper technical problem. Giving it to be repaired is then a solution, but the fear of leaving your mobile phone to a stranger can be real.
For this kind of situation, Samsung has created the “Maintenance” mode, available from One UI 5 – which was recently deployed on the Galaxy S22. The idea of this mode is simple: to protect your sensitive and personal information when someone repairs your mobile device.
A well thought out function
To do this, a new option appears in the settings of your machine. It allows you to create a separate user account that will limit the phone to basic functions. By activating it, all you have to do is restart your Samsung. By doing so, access to photos, documents, messages and other information will be restricted.
Once the Maintenance mode is deactivated, the generated account is then automatically deleted by the system. You can then use your freshly repaired smartphone again, as if nothing had happened, with all your personal data accessible only for you.
Already tested elsewhere
Tested on the Galaxy S21 in Korea this summer, then launched in China last September, this function is this time the subject of a gradual global deployment spread over the coming months. A potential new update should then be available to integrate it into Samsung phones running One UI 5.
In its press release, Samsung assures that its Galaxy S range will not be the only one concerned.
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