How to enable or disable Privacy lock on your Galaxy Gear

By Alicia Erlich on 5 Feb 2014 05:20 pm

As someone who prefers to keep their personal information kept secure from prying eyes, the Galaxy Gear offers a way to do just that, albeit in a different way. The Gear will allow you to set a pattern lock and backup pin passcode but this feature only appears on the display when the Bluetooth connection to the paired mobile device is lost (i.e. Disconnected or out of range). The purpose of this is to lockdown your Gear as a safety precaution.

Setting the pattern is rather simple. All you have to do is drag your finger across the screen to map your pattern and set the backup code.

  • Swipe to the right four times and tap on Settings
  • Scroll down to and tap on Privacy lock
  • Tap on Privacy lock (it appears twice)
  • Select Pattern
  • Using the grid on the display, drag your finger across the screen to map your pattern
  • When finished tap Next
  • Draw the pattern again to confirm and tap next
  • Finally, enter in a backup pin code
  • When prompted, input the pin code again to set the lock

Removing the lock is just as easy.

  • Go back into Settings
  • Tap on Privacy lock and then choose the option again on the next screen
  • Draw your saved pattern to unlock
  • Tap on None to disable 

Quick Tip: Re-connecting to the compatible Android device automatically unlocks the Gear without having to enter in the pattern

This extra layer of security ensures that if you happen to part with or lose your Galaxy Gear, move out of range, or Bluetooth is turned off, it prevents others from attempting to pair it with another device.

For more tips and tricks be sure to hit up our Help and How To page or visit our forums.

Reader comments

How to enable or disable Privacy lock on your Galaxy Gear


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