Released in March of this year, the Samsung S20 is the latest phone in the Samsung Galaxy S series. With this in mind, many of the smartphone’s customizable features, such as turning off its security features, are not fully understood. While Samsung phones efficiently organize all phone owner’s necessities into the settings at the top right corner of the homepage, it can be hard at times to navigate through the many settings listed. Here are a few of the things that you need to know about the new phone’s security settings.
Lock Screen Settings
The options within the lock screen settings include many features, such as the type of screen lock, and the clock style of the phone. Security settings in this category include the following:
- Smart Lock: This feature allows you to keep your phone unlocked in specific instances, such as when it’s in a place that you trust, or your friend and their phone are nearby.
- Secure Lock Settings: These functions allow you to auto lock your phone, changing the amount of time before the phone automatically turns off, or even disable the power button of the phone.
- Screen Lock Type: While using your PIN is the default lock option, this can be changed to a few different options, including a finger swiping pattern or fingerprint recognition.
Biometrics and Security Settings
The distinctly personalizable options, these security settings provide the user the opportunity to use personal methods to access their phone, such as fingerprints and facial recognition.
- Face Recognition: If there’s anything that says that this is your phone, this is it. The Samsung S20 allows you to register your face to make sure that only you can access your phone.
- Fingerprints: All fingerprints have a unique pattern, even different fingers on the same person. Fingerprint scanning here allows you to access your phone with a quick scan of a finger, with the unique fingers that you have.
- Find My Mobile: this setting allows you to send the last location of your phone to your email. This area is also used to secure your PIN code to access the phone, while allowing you access if you forget which type of security setting you have selected.
- Other Security Settings: These involve a number of options that allow you to enhance confidentiality, such as making your password invisible when you type it in. It also allows you to decide whether your information is stored on your phone itself on the harddrive, or only through an external account, like your gmail.
Other Security Related Settings
While the options listed above are the main security features of the Samsung S20, there are a few more specific related features that may end up becoming useful.
- Accounts and Backup: When all else fails, a backup seems to be a good failsafe. This section allows you to link your phone security to another online account, such as Facebook and Whatsapp. It may also be useful to transfer information between your phone and your other accounts.
- Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls: While not directly in charge of how you choose to access your phone, this pair of features provide some helpful guidelines regarding phone usage. Digital Wellbeing keeps track of how much time you spend on your phone, while Parental Controls can monitor the phones of your children.
- Device Care: Here you can check the battery life, storage, memory and security of your phone, confirming how you have decided to set up your phone’s security.
All of the settings listed above are completely customizable, allowed to be turned off, and up to you to decide upon. The Samsung S20 allows users to enable or disable a wide range of security features. This makes the user feel both that their phone is protected and secured, and that they have the freedom to decide how and if this is done.