Galaxy S20 Lockdown Mode: How To Access And Enable It?

The Galaxy S20 lockdown mode is a great way to revoke all access to your device that uses biometrics. Before you can set fingerprint and face unlock, you will be required to create a PIN, password or pattern as your backup. And most of the time, we give other users a way to access the phone through fingerprint. The best way to temporarily revoke such an access is by enabling the Lockdown Mode. 

When enabled, you will be required to enter your password, PIN or pattern to unlock the device. So other users won’t be able to unlock the phone even if they’re registered their fingerprints. Continue reading to know how to access and enable the lockdown mode on galaxy s20.

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Enabling Lockdown Mode On Galaxy S20

Time Needed : 3 minutes

The Galaxy S20 lockdown mode doesn’t delete existing biometrics data. So if you disable it, other users you’ve previously given access to your phone will still be able to unlock it. Here’s how to access and enable it.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to pull the app drawer and tap Settings. 

    You may also access settings by swiping from the top of the screen and tapping the gear icon.
    galaxy s20 lockdown mode settings

  2. Find and tap Lock screen. 

    This contains options to secure your device but what we’re actually looking for is the Secure lock settings option.
    galaxy s20 lock screen settings

  3. Tap Secure Lock Settings.

    You may be prompted to enter your PIN, password or pattern, so do that to confirm it’s you who’s trying to change the settings.
    secure lock settings

  4. Tap the toggle switch next to Show Lockdown option.

    What it does is add another Power option so you can lock your device down easily.
    galaxy s20 show lockdown option

  5. Now, to enable Lockdown mode, press and hold the volume down button and the power key until options show. 

    It would actually take just a couple of seconds of holding down the keys before the options appear on the screen.
    lockdown mode power option

  6. Tap Lockdown mode.

    This will disable all biometrics access to your Galaxy S20.
    enter pattern

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The next time you access your device, you will be asked to enter your password, PIN or pattern, depending on what type of security lock you used. 

The Lockdown mode will only be enabled if you manually do so. So after you unlocked your phone using the backup screen lock, this mode will not automatically be enabled when the phone is locked again. 

ALSO READ: How To Factory Reset Galaxy S20

I hope that this simple tutorial has been able to help you one way or another. 

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