How to configure your Samsung mobile to respect it as much as possible

How to configure your Samsung mobile to respect it as much as possible

We are going to explain how to configure your Samsung mobile to respect your privacy as much as possible. At least try to do it as much as possible, since much of it will also depend on the apps you use or how you browse the Internet. To do this, we are going to rely on One UI 3, the latest version of the company’s customization layer as of today.

In the past, we have already made you similar guides, both for basic Android and for other layers of customization such as MIUI or EMUI. Now it is the turn of Samsung, which has the options arranged in a different way and a very own interface, with some extra options than with respect to other manufacturers.

Before we start, you should know that we always start from the basis that total privacy does not exist in a smartphone, since the fact that it is a connected device already implies certain sacrifices in it. Therefore, the idea of ​​this article is to give you a series of tips and guide you through the EMUI settings to maximize privacy as much as possible, and that you decide which advice to follow and which not.

And as we always say in Engadget Basics, in the event that you consider that we have overlooked any configuration that you think should be here, we invite you to share it with everyone in the comments section. Thus, users who come in search of a guide for beginners and not-so beginners will be able to benefit from the extensive knowledge of our community. So you will learn how to configure your Samsung mobile to respect your privacy as much as possible. 

When you press, you will enter a screen where you can manage everything related to the lock screen, such as the Always On Display, the Widgets, or other things. What you must do is click on the option of Screen lock type that appears at the top.

Configure your mobile lock

We are going to start by configuring your mobile’s screen lock system, which is the first line of defense against physical intrusions, and helps you prevent someone from picking up your mobile and simply starting to see your data. You can lock it with a password, pattern, or PIN code, and also with biometric systems such as your face or your fingerprint. To do this, you have to enter the settings, and once inside click on the Lock Screen section, which will appear with a padlock icon.

When you press, you will enter a screen where you can manage everything related to the lock screen, such as the Always On Display, the Widgets, or other things. What you must do is click on the option of Screen lock type that appears at the top.

Choose the type of lock you want to use

When you enter, the first thing to do will be to write the protection PIN or password that you have configured on your mobile. And once you type it, you will access the screen where you can choose the type of lock you want to use . Here, you simply have to click on the option you want to use, and you will go directly to select and configure it.

 These are the available options:

  • Slide: Remove all protections and you will only have to slide the screen to unlock it. There is no type of security, so it is not recommended.
  • Pattern: You configure a pattern that you must write by joining 9 points. It is a type of medium security, and it is recommended that you do not use your initial but a more different pattern.
  • PIN: You establish a 4-number password, something that can be quite high protection as long as you do not use dates that are important to you and easily guessed.
  • Password. You can set a password with many letters or numbers. Here, it is important that you read our guide on how to create strong passwords to maximize privacy.
  • None: The most insecure option of all, the screen doesn’t even lock.
  • Face: If you activate it, you will configure the face unlock of the mobile.
  • Fingerprints: The second biometric unlocking option, using your fingerprint. You can add several different fingerprints to make it easier for you.

If you have chosen a type of biometric unlocking, within the settings you can enter Biometric data and security. In this section, at the top, you can reconfigure your facial recognition or manage your fingerprints to be able to add others or delete some that you have configured.

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If you have chosen a type of biometric unlocking, within the settings you can enter Biometric data and security . In this section, at the top, you can reconfigure your facial recognition or manage your fingerprints to be able to add others or delete some that you have configured.

Use the secure folder.

Samsung has a safe system called Secure Folder. In it, you can give an extra layer of security to your most sensitive applications and the personal files you want. To access it, go to the settings and click on the Biometrics and security section.

Once you are in here, click on the Secure Folder option. Before you can start managing it, you will have to accept its terms and conditions and verify your identity by typing the password of your Samsung account again.

Send fewer data to Samsung

One of the characteristics of One UI is that it has simplified to the maximum the options in which you can set how much data you want to send to Samsung about how you use the device. To manage these options, you have to enter the Privacy section within the settings of your mobile.

Once you are inside, the first thing you have to do is click on the Customization service option. Here you can configure which elements of your mobile One UI personalize depending on the data it obtains from how you use the phone.

If you do not want your mobile usage patterns to be taken into account

Here you have to click on the option Stop customizing devices and then click on Delete my data so that Samsung will delete everything it has collected about you. If you click on Data management, you will be able to determine what data is collected from your mobile use. On this screen, you can also let it continue to collect data on your use, but decide if you want to customize elements of the mobile or which ones.

Back on the Privacy screen, you can also disable sending other types of data to Samsung, such as sending diagnostic data or business information. They are two options that simply have an activated button so you can easily deactivate them.

 

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