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How do I Delete all my Personal Information from my Samsung Galaxy S5?

By: Harold Hisona | Saturday, April 15, 2017

Your Samsung Galaxy S5 enables you to delete all of your personal information from the device (the memory card is not affected). This feature lets you ensure your data are removed before sending the device in for replacement or repair, properly disposing of the device, or giving the device to a friend or family member to use.

Your personal information cannot be recovered after using this feature. Please save any personal information you need to your computer prior to using this feature.

How to delete all your personal information from your Samsung Galaxy S5

Here’s how to delete all of your personal information from your device:

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps  .
  2. Touch Settings  .
  3. Touch Backup and reset  .
  4. Touch Factory data reset.
  5. Read the information provided, and then touch Reset device.
  6. If you have a security lock enabled on the device, you will be prompted to enter the lock information before proceeding.
  7. Touch Delete all to delete all information and downloaded applications.

The process may take a few minutes while your device removes your personal data and restores the Android™ platform to its original state. You can reinstall any downloaded or purchased applications from Google Play™ Store.

How to remotely delete all personal information in your Galaxy S5

Google™ offers an application that lets you track your Android device's location, and it lets you reset the device's memory remotely. This application is available at google.com/android/devicemanager. Both Location services and the erase feature must be enabled and active on the device.

To turn on the remote factory reset on the device:

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps  .
  2. Touch Google Settings  .
  3. Touch Android Device Manager.
  4. Touch Allow remote lock and erase.
  5. Touch Activate.
  6. From your computer, sign in to the website using the Google Account associated with the device you want to locate.
  7. Click Accept to allow the location data to be sent to Google.
  8. An interactive dialog box displays in the top-left corner.
  9. Click Erase .
  10. Click Erase again to confirm deletion.

I hope these tutorials help.

How do I Uninstall, Disable, and Hide Applications on my Samsung Galaxy S5?

Applications that you installed on your Samsung Galaxy S5 can be uninstalled. Preloaded (or system) applications on your device can be turned off or disabled. You can also hide applications from the Apps menu.

Below are some of the procedures you can find useful in managing your apps.

How to Uninstall Applications from your Galaxy S5

Using the Apps Menu

From the Home screen, touch Apps  > More options > Uninstall/disable apps. Touch  next to the application you would like to uninstall, then touch Uninstall.

Using the Application Manager

From the Home screen, touch Apps  > Settings  > Applications  > Application manager. If necessary, swipe to the DOWNLOADED tab. Touch the application in the list. Touch Uninstall > Uninstall. Applications preloaded on your device cannot be uninstalled, but you can uninstall any updates you have applied by touching Uninstall updates > OK.

How to Hide Applications in your Galaxy S5

You can hide applications in the Apps menu. This does not uninstall or disable them. It only removes them from view.

From the Apps menu, touch Apps  > More options > Hide apps. Mark the applications you want to hide, and touch Done.

How to Turn Off Applications in your Galaxy S5

You can turn off or disable certain preloaded (or system) applications on your device. Once turned off, the application will be hidden and will no longer be accessible until it is turned on.
From the Home screen, touch Apps  > More options > Uninstall/disable apps. Touch  next to the application you would like to turn off, then touch Disable.

A message may warn you about turning off built-in applications; touch OK to proceed. Before the application can be turned off, any updates will be uninstalled and replaced with the factory default version; touch Reset to proceed.

How to Turn On Applications in your Galaxy S5

Using the Apps Menu

You can turn on disabled applications from the Apps menu. Touch Apps  > More options > Show disabled apps. Mark the applications you want to turn on, and touch Done.

Using the Application Manager

The Application manager also lets you turn on disabled apps. Touch Apps  > Settings  > Applications  > Application manager. Swipe to the TURNED OFF. tab at the top of the screen. Touch the app you wish to turn on, and then touch Turn on.

I hope this helps.
 

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