Samsung has unveiled an exciting new feature for its Galaxy phones that you won’t find on other Android devices. The leading smartphone maker – which is preparing to hold a new Unpacked event in August where the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 are expected to be unveiled – has launched an exciting feature which, for now, is exclusive to tech users. the giant’s homeland of South Korea. This latest upgrade adds an extra layer of security to Galaxy phones when customers need to hand them over to a third party for any repairs.
The aptly named “Repair Mode” will ensure – when enabled – that any personal data you have on your device remains safe during the repair.
Users will be able to decide which data can be viewed by a Samsung technician who has to tinker with the handset.
After enabling this setting and restarting a device, personal data such as photos, messages, and account information will not be accessible.
Repair mode can be activated by going to Settings > Battery and device care.
The repair mode feature is available on Samsung phones like Galaxy S21 and later, but it will be extended to other models in the future.
Although this feature is currently only available in South Korea, other regions of the world are expected to receive the feature in the future.
The new Samsung feature was announced after Apple unveiled its iOS 16 lock mode at WWDC.
This upcoming setting is also meant to add an extra layer of security for iPhone users and is designed to be used by people at high risk of cyber attack.
But Apple takes a different approach than Samsung and limits access to very different things.
When Lockdown Mode is enabled on iOS 16, message attachments will be blocked, you won’t be able to receive FaceTime calls from contacts you haven’t called before, and some web browsing features will also be blocked.
Lockdown Mode will be available on iOS 16 as well as iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura.
Apple iPhone fans will be able to try out this feature when iOS 16 launches in September with the new iPhone 14 lineup.
This big smartphone launch will come shortly after Samsung launches its next handsets.
Samsung is hosting a big Unpacked event on August 10 where the Z Fold4, Z Flip4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are expected to be unveiled for the first time.
Judging by Samsung’s past release schedules, these products should all be available for purchase at some point in late August, just before the iPhone 14 launches.