How to use Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a convenient way to hide files you don't want seen by others, without the need for any third-party apps. When you're in Private Mode, all your photos, videos, and other files will be viewable. Exit Private Mode and hand your phone to somebody else. You can rest assured they can't see any of your hidden files, unless they know your code or unlock pattern.

Here's how to set up Private Mode on the Galaxy S5 and get started with it:

How to enable Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

  1. Swipe down from the top of any screen on your Samsung Galaxy S5 using two fingers.
  2. Now tap on Private Mode from the list of icons.
  3. The first time you enter Private Mode, you'll be given a short walkthrough as well as be asked to enter a pin code. This only happens the first time you enable Private Mode.

Keep in mind you'll need the pin you set up for Private Mode each time you enter it. Be sure you pick something you can easily remember.

How to disable Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

  1. Swipe down from the top of any screen on your Samsung Galaxy S5 using two fingers.
  2. Now tap on Private Mode again.
  3. Your Galaxy S5 should now be in normal mode again. Be sure to do this before handing your device over to anyone you don't want accessing things labeled for Private Mode Only.

How to add and remove files from Private Mode on the Galaxy S5

Private Mode supports several different media types including photos and videos. Follow these steps to add supported files to Private Mode:

  1. Turn Private Mode On.
  2. Now navigate to the photo or file in question that you only want viewable while in Private Mode.
  3. Select it or multiple files and then tap on the Overflow menu button in the upper right.
  4. Tap on Move to Private.

That's it. Your Galaxy S5 will add those files to a private album or folder that is only viewable when in Private Mode.

I've noticed that Private Mode is a little glitchy for me and doesn't offer the option on all my photos, only some of them. I also have to select them and can't tap into them and see the Private Mode option. Anyone else seeing the same issues? Let me know in the comments!

 

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How to use Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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I setup my password to enter Private Mode, I use my fingerprint. Once I am in Private Mode I highlight some photos but don't get the option to MOVE TO PRIVATE, in the menu!

Great article. I know some of these subjects are basic, but for people new to smart phones they are helpful. I am not new to smart phones but I still enjoy reading your tutorials.

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Does this just add a .nomedia file to the directory where all of these are placed so that the system can't see it? Cause theoriticly,then something like es file explorer could find it.

Is this how it works?

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When in Private Mode, ES File Explorer shows the private files have been moved to /storage/Private/, wherever that is, and when it's turned off, that directory shows empty. Can anyone comment on what the Private storage device is, or how this process works?

Be sure, after you enter private mode, and select the items in your gallery that you want private, that you scroll down in the menu. I did not see it at first either. I also had to turn it off and back on. Was able to select over 1100 pictures/videos and move them into private without issue.

You can also make an entire album in your gallery private. The name of the album won't change. The private mode keyhole folder symbol will be in the upper left corner and when you turn off private mode the album will not show up on the gallery's albums screen.

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With Private Mode on you can goto My Files, scroll down to Local Storage and select Private. All files you have made private can be viewed here. Private Mode works with Gallery, Video, Voice Recorder, My Files and Music.

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Not sure if this little tutorials are more annoying than the glorious design explanations Sammy keeps on posting

Its a Samsung feature, although there's a few features they've introduced with the Galaxy line that I wouldn't mind seeing on Android as a whole.

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