How to Set up a Secure Screen Lock on Galaxy S20

Setting up a medium to high security screen lock is recommended to ensure privacy and security of any critical information saved on a phone. In this quick guide, I will show you how it’s done on the new Samsung Galaxy S20. Read on to learn how to set up a secure screen lock on Galaxy S20.

By default, the screen lock type of the Galaxy S20 is set to Swipe. This denotes that you only need to swipe the screen to unlock. Apparently, using this screen lock setting offers no security to your device. Thus, anyone can access your device. This poses a higher risk of unauthorized access to some critical files and other significant data on your phone. That said, changing or setting up a more secure screen lock type should be considered among the first things to do upon getting a hold of your new smartphone. 

If you’re still new to the Android platform and need some input on how to get started, I’ve laid out a step-by-step guide below. Feel free to refer to this simple walk-through when needed.

Steps to Set Up a Secure Screen Lock on Galaxy S20

Time Needed : 4 minutes

The following steps will help you change and set up a secure screen lock on your new Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Visual representations or screenshots depicting individual steps are also provided to make it even easier for you to carry out. And here’s how it works.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom center of the Home screen.

    This will launch the Apps screen.

    set up secure screen lock galaxy s20 - pull up apps screen

  2. From the Apps screen, swipe right to and tap Settings.

    A list of sub-menu options, consisting of system features and services will be displayed.

    set up secure screen lock galaxy s20 - tap settings

  3. Scroll down to and tap Lock screen.

    This will let you access and manage lock screen options according to your preferences.

    set up a secure screen on galaxy s20 - lock screen type

  4. From the Lock screen page, tap Screen lock type.

    A list of screen lock options will be displayed.

    set up a secure screen on galaxy s20 - select lock screen type

  5. To continue with this tutorial, select PIN.

    Doing so will let you set up and use PIN to unlock your phone's display.

    set up a secure screen on galaxy s20 - choose PIN

  6. On the next screen, enter the PIN that you'd like to use. Then enter the same PIN code again and tap Continue.

    The main requirement for the PIN is that it must consist of at least 4 digits in length. Be sure to take note of the PIN, so you can check on it when needed later.

    set up a secure screen on galaxy s20 - enter desired PIN code

  7. Re-enter your PIN then tap OK to confirm.

    This will save and apply the recent secure lock screen changes you've made.

    set up a secure screen on galaxy s20 - confirm PIN screen lock

  8. On the Notifications screen, tap the switch to enable notifications show up on the Lock screen. 

    You can also make necessary adjustments like Hide content so as not to show content of notifications such as emails and texts on the Lock screen. Enabling this feature will still allow you to receive notifications for new messages but the contents are hidden.

    set up a secure screen on galaxy s20 - enable hide content option

  9. Finally, tap Done to save the changes.

    Your lock screen settings are now saved. 

    set up a secure screen on galaxy s20 - tap DONE to save changes

Tools
  • Android 10, One UI 2.0
Materials
  • Galaxy S20

To check if it works, lock your phone and then try to unlock it by entering the PIN code you’re added recently. If the PIN you entered is correct, you’ll access the Home screen. Otherwise, retry entering the correct PIN code to unlock your device.

You can also add or replace the lock screen type to other security options by going through the same procedure until you reach the screen lock type menu.

Aside from PIN, you can also use pattern or password as screen lock type for your Galaxy S20. Or use Biometrics such as Face recognition and Fingerprints for added security. PIN, pattern, password and biometrics are deemed to offer higher to highest security for your device. 

And that’s how you optimize and manage Galaxy S20 battery usage with device care. Please keep posted for more comprehensive guides, tips, and tricks on how to make the most of your Samsung Galaxy S20 and other new Galaxy devices.  

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