How to Set up a Secure Screen Lock on Galaxy S20 [PIN unlock]

Many people are now using smartphones as portable storage of important files. Aside from the fact that they can access the file at any time when needed, modern smartphones also offer higher security to prevent any unauthorized access to sensitive information saved in the internal storage.

New smartphones, particularly flagship devices offer different security types such as secure screen lock methods that would be suit every end-user’s demand. And this quick guide will walk you through setting this feature up on the new Samsung galaxy s20. Here’s a straightforward tutorial on how to set up a secure screen lock on galaxy s20.

The new galaxy s20 devices do offer different screen lock options you can choose according to your preferences. For medium to high security, a PIN, password or pattern are recommended. The steps I mapped out below will help set up the galaxy s20 PIN screen lock. Read on for more detailed instructions.

Easy steps to Set up a Secure Screen Lock on Galaxy S20

Time Needed : 5 minutes

The following steps will walk you through setting up a PIN to unlock your Galaxy S20 with a 4 to 6-digit code. Screenshots or visual representations of the individual procedure are also provided for easier screen navigation. And here’s how it works.

  1. Start by swiping up from the bottom of the Home screen to view the Apps screen.

    From the Apps screen, you will see various icons as shortcuts to built-in and third-party apps installed on your phone.

    set up security screen lock on galaxy s20 - access apps

  2. Find the Settings icon then tap to open the app.

    The Settings app contains a list of sub-items, including main options and features to configure.

    set up security screen lock on galaxy s20 - open settings menu

  3. Scroll down and tap Lock screen.

    Another screen that contains different screen lock types and relevant options will be displayed next.

    set up security screen lock on galaxy s20 - lock screen option

  4. From the Lock screen menu, scroll down and tap on Screen lock type.

    This will open a list of screen lock options you can choose from.
    The default screen lock method is set to Swipe. This denotes the need to only swipe the screen to unlock and access the Home screen.

    Needless to say, it doesn't offer any security as anyone could access your device and important content. Hence, it's highly recommended to change it to a more secure screen lock type

    set up security screen lock on galaxy s20 - screen lock type option

  5. To continue with this guide, let's choose PIN. So tap PIN from the given screen lock options.

    A PIN lock offers medium to high security. You can assign at least 4 digits for your PIN code. 

    set up security screen lock on galaxy s20 - screen lock type PIN

  6. On the Set PIN screen, enter the 4-digit numbers you want to set as PIN code then tap Continue.

    Be sure to note the number so you won't forget it later.

    set up security screen lock on galaxy s20 - enter desired PIN

  7. On the next screen, you will be asked to confirm the PIN by entering it again. So enter the same PIN into the provided text field then tap OK to proceed.

    You will then be prompted with the Notifications menu wherein you can enable notifications and modify notification settings according to your preferences.

    set up security screen lock on galaxy s20 - enter pin code

  8. If prompted with the Notifications menu, tap the notifications switch to turn the feature ON and make necessary changes as to how you'd like notifications to be shown on the lock screen of your phone. 

    After making all changes to the notification settings, tap Done to apply or save them.

    set up security screen lock on galaxy s20 - notification settings

Tools
  • Android 10, One UI and up
Materials
  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20 Plus

To check and see if the PIN lock you’ve set is working, lock the screen on your device and then unlock it by entering the correct PIN code.

If you entered the correct code, you will be able to access the Home or Apps screen.

Aside from PIN, you can also use Pattern and Password as lock screen method for your galaxy s20. Both these offer a medium to high security. 

To change the lock screen type or method on your galaxy s20, just repeat the same steps until you get to the screen where you need to select a new screen lock type.

You can also manage secure lock settings by heading back to the Lock screen menu and then choose Secure lock settings from the given options. This is where you can set functions like auto lock and lock instantly with the Side/Power key.

More advanced security options such as face recognition and biometric authentication are also available in case you’d like to implement the highest level of security on your galaxy s20. A straightforward tutorial on how to set up the galaxy s20 biometrics and security is also available in a separate context. In case you need it, I provided a direct link right down this page.

And that covers everything in this tutorial. Please keep posted for more comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your new Samsung galaxy s20 smartphone. 

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