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Install unknown apps Find My Mobile Google Play Protect Make passwords visible Device Administrators Activity Controls Google location history Personalized Ads Reset advertising ID Send diagnostic data

Install unknown apps

"Apps from unknown sources" are apps that are not from the Google Play Store or the Samsung Galaxy Store, meaning that if the app is downloaded as an .apk file from a website, it cannot be installed on the Samsung device by default.

Before Android 9, there was a general option to allow or block apps from unknown sources. Now, under One UI, every single app must be allowed to install apps from unknown sources.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Apps
Step 3:  Open the  menu
Step 4:  Tap on  Special access
Step 5:  Tap on  Install unknown apps
Step 6:  Tap on desired  App
Step 7:  Enable or disable  Allow from this source
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. Open the menu
  4. Tap on Special access
  5. Tap on Install unknown apps
  6. Tap on desired App
  7. Enable or disable Allow from this source

Find My Mobile

With "Find My Mobile", Samsung offers a location wizard like Google "Find My Device", which is also present on the Samsung device and enabled by default.

Find My Mobile offers remote access (remote control) in addition to locating the Samsung device, and the phone can also be unlocked if the unlock method has been forgotten.

"Find My Mobile" is enabled by default on the Samsung device, but can also be disabled.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Enable or disable  Find My Mobile
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Enable or disable Find My Mobile

Google Play Protect

Google Play Protect is enabled by default on the Samsung device and periodically checks the device and apps for malicious behavior. If an anomaly is detected, a notification is sent with the affected app. Installed apps that are known to be malicious are also automatically disabled or even uninstalled.

If Google Play Protect is not desired on the Samsung device, the feature can be disabled, but this is not recommended.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Google Play Protect
Step 4:  Open the  Settings
Step 5:  Enable or disable  Scan apps with Play Protect
Step 6:  Confirm with  Turn off
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Google Play Protect
  4. Open the Settings
  5. Enable or disable Scan apps with Play Protect
  6. Confirm with Turn off

Make passwords visible

When entering a password, the entered character is displayed briefly before it is converted into an asterisk *. This allows you to check the input, but others can read the password as well. On Samsung devices, the input can also be switched off completely, so that no more input is visible.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Other security settings
Step 4:  Enable or disable  Make passwords visible
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Other security settings
  4. Enable or disable Make passwords visible

Device Administrators

In some cases, apps need to be added as device administrators in order to get extensive rights on the Samsung device, such as security apps (Anti-Virus, Malware, Find My Device...) or management apps (Child Account...).

A device administrator is given rights such as deleting all data, changing the display lock, locking the screen or even partially deactivating the display lock.

Note: Since the app is given the permission to change the display lock or delete all data, not every app should be declared "blind" as administrator.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Other security settings
Step 4:  Tap on  Device admin apps
Step 5:  Enable or disable desired  App
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Other security settings
  4. Tap on Device admin apps
  5. Enable or disable desired App

Activity Controls

When you create a new Google Account, all activity settings are already enabled, and Google collects the following activities on your Samsung device, among others:

  • Web & App activities
  • Site history
  • YouTube history
  • Personalized advertising

The amount of data that is sent to Google and assigned to the account is enormous, but if this is not desired, the activity can be deactivated or the recording paused.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 3:  Tap on  Activity controls
Step 4:  Enable or disable desired  Activity
Step 5:  Scroll  down
Step 6:  Tap on  Turn on / Pause
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Privacy
  3. Tap on Activity controls
  4. Enable or disable desired Activity
  5. Scroll down
  6. Tap on Turn on/Pause

Google location history

The location history saves all the places visited with the Samsung device, but not only the route can be tracked, but also the time and the means of transport used.

The advantage of Google Location Tracking is said to be that personalised maps, recommendations or routers can be created based on the visited places.

Location history can be enabled or disabled in the account settings and is synchronized with all devices associated with the same account.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 3:  Tap on  Google Location History
Step 4:  Enable or disable  Location History
Step 5:  Scroll  down
Step 6:  Tap on  Turn on / Pause
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Privacy
  3. Tap on Google Location History
  4. Enable or disable Location History
  5. Scroll down
  6. Tap on Turn on/Pause

Personalized Ads

To help convert advertising more effectively, advertising networks create a unique Advertising ID that can be used to create personalized ads based on web pages visited and other meta-data.

By default, Google shares the Advertising ID with publishers - apps and services - to display personalized advertising, and while we cannot prevent the collection of data in this regard, we can decide whether or not to share the Advertising ID with partners (apps/services).

Note: This setting does not enable or disable advertising, but only turns off personalized advertising.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 3:  Tap on  Ads
Step 4:  Enable or disable  Opt out of Ads Personalisation
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Privacy
  3. Tap on Ads
  4. Enable or disable Opt out of Ads Personalisation

Reset advertising ID

The Advertising ID allows advertising networks, in this case Google, to display personalized advertising in apps and services, and on the Samsung device we have the ability to reset the Advertising ID.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 3:  Tap on  Ads
Step 4:  Tap on  Reset advertising ID
Step 5:  Confirm with  OK
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Privacy
  3. Tap on Ads
  4. Tap on Reset advertising ID
  5. Confirm with OK

Send diagnostic data

Samsung needs help improving products such as their smartphones or apps. the Samsung device comes with diagnostic software that stores usage behavior and generates error reports. if the "send diagnostic data" function is activated, this all happens in the background, just like sending data to Samsung.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 3:  Enable or disable  Send diagnostic data
Step 4:  Enable or disable desired  options
Step 5:  Confirm with  OK
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Privacy
  3. Enable or disable Send diagnostic data
  4. Enable or disable desired options
  5. Confirm with OK

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