Samsung has now introduced a new Maintenance Mode to safeguard users’ personal data during services
Handing over your phone to a service center may often be a bit of a pain, not just because they might reset your phone, but also because your private information is frequently put at risk when they do so. This causes unnecessary worry and anxiety for a process that should be straightforward. As a solution, Samsung has just released a brand-new “Maintenance Mode.” This feature was first added to the One UI 5 beta, but now that the global rollout has begun, it is starting to reach more users.
“Maintenance Mode” essentially puts your phone in a secure state. According to Samsung, this mode can help users anxious about providing a personal device to someone else for repairs. It does this by allowing users to prevent access to their personal information, such as their images, messages, or contacts. “Maintenance Mode” allows a repair center to work on your device without having access to your essential data by creating a second user profile for them to use. This profile does not have any of the essential apps, such as messages or images, nor does it have access to user data.
‘Maintenance Mode’ Availability
According to Samsung, the global rollout of the software feature has already begun, and the upgrade will progressively roll out to Galaxy S22 handsets that are running One UI 5. The deployment is expected to be finished by the end of 2023, and after that, more Galaxy devices will be able to use it.
How to use ‘Maintenance Mode’
- Go to Settings > Battery and device care.
- Now, select Maintenance Mode.
- Reboot your phone.
When you restart your phone, any private information and apps will be rendered inaccessible. In addition, Samsung said, “Once Maintenance Mode is switched on, the person entrusted with the device will no longer be able to recover user-installed apps.” When the owner quits Maintenance Mode, any data or accounts that were created while utilizing Maintenance Mode are immediately and automatically destroyed. They will be able to download programs from the Galaxy Store, but those apps, together with any data or accounts established, will be wiped automatically as soon as the owner exits Maintenance Mode.