Enable Automatic factory reset on Samsung phones

Automatic factory reset on Samsung phones is very useful for privacy and security. Samsung phones are renowned for their privacy and security features with Knox security and the Secure Folder. One UI offers excellent customization and multitasking, even with so many neat security features and automatic factory resets are one of the features Samsung offers for security.

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Automatic reset is just one of the examples of Samsung’s security features. There’s another one called Private Share. It uses blockchain encryption, and content is fully encrypted before delivery. The sender also has the ability to control the access and when the file was opened by the recipient.

It’s a feature designed to prevent theft of data in case your device is lost. It’s very important to safeguard your device from thieves. If someone attempts to unlock your phone with a password, pattern, or the two Biometric options, Fingperint and Facial Recognition, then they only get 20 attempts. After 20 incorrect attempts, the phone will automatically reset to factory settings. This will erase all your data before someone can attempt to steal it.

Preventing access to your data is essential since your phone contains many private messages, photos, and more.

How to enable automatic factory reset on Samsung phones

Note: Resetting your phone to factory settings will delete all the apps on your phone and erase all the locally stored photos. It’s important to take cloud backups of all your data to recover it on another device later. If your local data (that’s not on the cloud) is deleted completely after a factory reset, there is no easy way to recover it.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung phone.
  2. Scroll down until you find the Lock Screen settings. Alternatively, you can also search for Lock Screen settings in the search bar.
  3. Tap on the Secure Lock Settings option.
  4. The phone will now ask you to enter your PIN or passcode, which you’ll have to do.
  5. Here, you’ll find the toggle for Auto factory reset. Enable the toggle.

This will now enable the security feature on your phone. There’s no need to worry about your data being stolen even in case of the unfortunate event of the loss of your phone. However, there are some disadvantages to enabling this feature.

Disadvantages of Automatic Factory Reset

  1. Resetting your phone to factory settings will disable the Find My Device service. In case your phone is lost, you cannot track it anymore. Upon reset, all your Google and Samsung accounts will get deleted from the phone.
  2. If you have kids who play with the phone, they might enter the PIN incorrectly on purpose, and it’ll lead to unnecessary factory data resets.

Forgot your lock screen password?

If you forgot the password or PIN to unlock your phone, you can still recover it with your Samsung account. You don’t have to reset your phone to factory settings if you forgot the unlock PIN or pattern. Go to Find My Mobile on Samsung’s official website (Now SmartThings Find), and sign in with your Samsung account. From here, you can unlock your device.

It’s always recommended to set a strong password and not a simple PIN or pattern, and also use biometrics for convenience. It’s important not to neglect lock screen safety features.

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