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Samsung launches a new ‘maintenance mode’ to protect device data during repairs

Maintenance Mode can be activated from the Battery and Device Care menu. Photo: Till Simon Nagel/dpa

In July of this year, Samsung announced that it was developing new data privacy functionality in the smartphones S21 of the Galaxy series. This feature, which was named Maintenance mode It would be ready for release to more devices as long as they meet prerequisites.

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East new modewhich allows users to keep their personal data, as well as photos, messages and contacts safe within the phone’s memory, has already started its launch process and, according to the company, the first devices to have it would be smartphones Galaxy S22.

The decision to enable this feature on these devices high-end from the South Korean manufacturer is produced because these would also be the first cell phonesBesides google-pixelwhich will have the new operating system android 13.

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To enable this feature within phones Galaxy S22users must enter the application of Settings of the device and look for the Battery and device care option. Once activated, an alternate account will be created within the device where technicians can work to repair any failure that the cell phone may present.

Galaxy S22 series smartphones will be the first to receive the Maintenance Mode update alongside Android 13. Samsung Electronics/Handout via REUTERS
Galaxy S22 series smartphones will be the first to receive the Maintenance Mode update alongside Android 13. Samsung Electronics/Handout via REUTERS

In addition to protecting the personal data of users, the Maintenance mode prevents the person working on the device from seeing the apps installed inside the smartphone. This will not hinder their work as they will be able to download any software diagnostic for the device within the Galaxy Storebut once this action is performed, any application or information will be cleared from memory.

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Once the device returns to the user’s hands, the user will only have to authenticate their identity in order to deactivate the Maintenance mode and reuse the smartphone on regular basis.

The availability of this functionality within the phones of Samsung it would not only be reduced to model smartphones Galaxy S22but it will gradually reach the rest of the devices that are updated to the most recent version of the android 13 operating systemso those who belong to the mid-range will have to wait a few months until the beginning of the year 2023 to test its use.

Android 13 update schedule

the devices of Samsung will be the first outside of those produced by Google in having the new update of the operating system of Androidbut this transition will not be immediate, but its progress will develop over months until february next year.

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The Android 13 update will hit Samsung smartphones first. (Android Developers)
The Android 13 update will hit Samsung smartphones first. (Android Developers)

According to the manufacturing company, only in October has the upgrade system on Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra devices as already mentioned. However, in the following months it is expected that more devices will access this new version of Android.

The month-by-month schedule for this update is as follows:

In November

– Folding: Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3

-Galaxy S series: Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra. Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra

-Galaxy Note20

– Tablets: Galaxy Tab S8, S8+ and S8 Ultra. Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+

-Galaxy Quantum 3

-Galaxy A series: A53 5G and A33 5G

– In December

– Folding: Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip

– Galaxy S20 FE

– Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7 FE and FE 5G

-Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

-Galaxy A series: Quantum, Quantum 2, A52s 5G, A51, A51 5G, A42 5G, A32

-Galaxy Jump and Jump 2

in January

– Tablets: Galaxy Tab A8, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Galaxy Tab Active 3

-Galaxy Buddy 2

-Galaxy Wide 6 and Galaxy Wide 5

-Galaxy Buddy

-Galaxy A series: A23 and A13

-Galaxy M12

-Galaxy XCover 5

In February

-Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro

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