Samsung new Repair Mode for phones aims to make you less anxious

Admin, Thursday, August 11, 2022
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Hadley Simmons / Android Authority

tl; DR

  • Samsung has introduced a new repair mode for Galaxy phones.
  • It will restrict access to your phone’s personal data while it’s out for repair.
  • The feature will be rolling out first in South Korea on the Samsung Galaxy S21 series.

Samsung is adding a new repair mode to Galaxy phones to calm anxious customers who don’t trust technicians with their devices.

It is always stressful when you have to leave your phone in a repair center, without knowing if your personal data will be safe or not. You also don’t want repair techniques intruding on your device to get private photos, messages, or financial information.

Samsung’s repair mode prevents all of that. The mode will appear in Settings under the “Battery & Device Care” menu. Once selected, the phone will restart and access to personal data will be restricted. The default pre-installed apps can only be accessed when the phone is in repair mode.

Once the device is repaired, users can exit repair mode and access personal data again. They will just have to restart their phone and unlock it with pattern/fingerprint recognition.

Unfortunately, the feature is only available for Galaxy devices in South Korea at the moment, but we don’t see why Samsung wouldn’t launch it in other markets as well.

We’ll update this article when Samsung announces the wider availability of Repair Mode, as it will make many of us breathe easy if our galaxies need repairs.

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