How to protect your files from prying eyes on Android (Samsung Galaxy S5 TouchWiz tutorial)

How to protect your files from prying eyes on Android (Samsung Galaxy S5 TouchWiz tutorial)
Have you ever wished you could protect your files from those curious friends that always pick up your phone without permission? With the Galaxy S5, Samsung introduces a new Private Mode that allows you to do just that, and setting it all up is fairly simple.

This new option can protect images, videos, music, sound recording, and just any other type of file you have on your phone from prying eyes.

In order to enable Private mode on the Galaxy S5, all you need to do is find it in the notification dropdown, then tap on it and flip the switch to enable it.

With this mode enabled, you can now easily select files from, say, the gallery. Just open Samsung’s Gallery app, select the images you want to protect, press the settings key (the icon with the dots) and there tap on “Move to Private”. That’s all it takes!

After you move all your sensitive files to Private, you can disable the mode. Now, if someone picks up your phone and opens the gallery, there will be no trace of the images. Even if you connect the phone via USB, unless you have Private mode enabled and you have confirmed your password, you won’t be able to access the hidden files. Neat, isn’t it?

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Nice. I have been using Photo Vault...and thats works really well. So well if it gets deleted...and you have photos in the vault....your photos are still locked up. You would have to install it again. No issues with old passwords....a new one will still open them.

8. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Great thing . Looks much better than the apps in the GP, but one question: Does it works with the email apps???? This is what I need most. Not to delete the account every time after checking the email.

7. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

i guess it will take lot of time to move to private dpending on files size. i use file locker app by marcin wojas from play store, it can hide any folder or files by just long tapping on it, and than hidden files dissappears from third party apps like mx player but only problem is it is visible in gallery.

6. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

There're numerous times that someone want your phone and there're your private stuff and there's no need for a 3rd party app that will prompt passpword i just think this is a good move by samsung. Well done improve android

5. htcforlife

Posts: 73; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Mice stuff!!

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I use pattern lock simply. Those app lock apps are buggy and vulnerable.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

BTW is there a privacy mode on Google Play which minimizes the viewing angles on the phone? I've seen some Japanese phones like from Fujitsu that have this. I guess it's just software based and it can be turned on and off.

4. panjgoori

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

don't know about this type of software functionality as i never heard such thing. but once i had a multi layered screen protector on my Nokia E5 which did the same thing. Only the person looking directly at the screen had a clear look.

1. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah...i was waiting for this kinda built in functionality for years... No need to use smartlock anymore..

10. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Ditto! This is one of the neat features of S5 that i really like. Hopefully it comes to S4 in future updates..

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