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How to hide pictures and more in Private mode on the Galaxy S5

Authored by: Loie Favre — Apr 15, 2014

The Galaxy S5 has many new features that Samsung has added to its TouchWiz skin, all of the old ones, with a whole heap of new ones piled on top. With the concerns of privacy and security of data becoming more prominent, Samsung didn’t fail to step up to the plate and has added a private mode to the new flagship, which serves the purpose of keeping pictures, videos and documents under wraps, for your eyes only. Here’s how.

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Private mode is an easy to set up mode, which you can access from the quick settings in the notification panel. If you haven’t customized the quick settings yet, it should appear at the bottom next to Touch sensitivity.

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1. Tap on the icon to launch the setup process. It will give you a quick rundown of what it means and then prompt you to set up an unlocking method when trying to access Private mode in the future. You can use a PIN, password, swipe and of course, a fingerprint, thanks to the new scanner which is found on the home button.

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2. Once the Private mode is on, you can move files there at your leisure. The only thing is that you cannot select the photo while viewing it full screen, only when it is in the album in thumbnail format, which wasn’t very well explained in the mini tutorial Samsung provides.

3. Long press on the desired image thumbnails (or video, song, voice record or document) and select the menu button on the top right corner (three vertical white dots).

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4. Here you will choose ‘’move to Private’’, which will move the pictures to a bring new Private album. You can also opt to move these back to another folder.

5. Once you are done and want to get out of Private mode, swipe down the notifications panel and tap on Private mode turned on. This will turn off Private mode so that any open content will be closed.

Now you can rest assured that any files that you would like to keep private will stay that way, even if someone tries to sneak around in your phone or on the occasion of it getting lost or stolen.

Have you used this mode on your Galaxy S5 yet?

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.


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  • I am trying to move pics to private mode it doesn't give me the option of private mode when click upper right hand. Please help or tell me how to delete pics from Google drive naughty pics lol

    • Use an app for your android, leo privacy guard it will hide not only the naughty pics but also videos, sms and calls.

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