Handing over your phone — full of photos, texts, and other personal, private info — to a repair person can feel dicey. After all, the horrifying reality of having your data leaked during the repair process has actually happened to some people.
Samsung is making the process of giving your phone for repair a lot more stress-free with a new and pretty ingenious function. In a press release from Samsung’s Korean press site, the company stated that it hopes to put an end to that with a new privacy feature called Repair Mode. It’ll give technicians a limited amount of access to your phone’s innards. They’ll be able to access enough to make the fix, but not so much to leak your pics. And only you’ll get to decide when to turn off Repair Mode.
This feature is coming first to Galaxy S21 phones in South Korea. The company plans to expand support to other models in the future.