Handing over your phone — stuffed with images, texts, and different private personal information — to a repair individual can really feel dicey. In spite of everything, the horrifying actuality of getting your information leaked during the repair course of has truly occurred to some individuals. SamMobile discovered a press launch from Samsung’s Korean press web site stating that the corporate hopes to place an finish to that with a new privateness feature known as Repair Mode (through Ars Technica). It’ll give technicians a restricted quantity of entry to your phone’s innards. From the sound of it, they’ll be capable of entry sufficient to make the repair however not a lot to leak your pics.
This feature is coming first to Galaxy S21 telephones in South Korea. The corporate plans to increase assist to different fashions sooner or later.
As famous within the translated press launch, you’ll finally be capable of swap on the feature by way of the “Battery and System Care” part inside the built-in Settings app. After doing that, the phone will reboot into Repair Mode, after which your accounts, images, and messages will be hidden. Solely the default put in apps will be accessible by the repair individual or anybody else who touches your phone during the method. And solely you will get to resolve when to show off Repair Mode.
Up to now, Samsung hasn’t confirmed whether or not Repair Mode will arrive in different areas or precisely which telephones will assist the feature. The Verge has reached out to Samsung for remark. After all, relying on what wants fixing, you could possibly do the repair your self when iFixit begins stocking official Samsung parts later this summer time.