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Modifying Display Settings

You can change many display settings, the screen mode, the wait time before your Galaxy Note 5 goes to sleep, the size of the font used, and the Pulse notification light settings.

  1. Pull down the Notification bar and tap the Settings icon.

  2. Tap Display in the Device section.

  3. Hold and move your finger along the slider to change the screen brightness manually or use the check box to set it to automatic. When on Auto, your Galaxy Note 5 uses the built-in light sensor to adjust the brightness based on the light levels in the room.
  4. Tap to change the system font and how large the font style is. The system font is used for all menus, notifications, alerts, and warnings on your Note 5.
  5. Tap to choose whether you want to enable the one-handed keyboard or have the ability to press the Home button three times in quick succession to reduce the screen size.
  6. Tap to choose how many minutes of inactivity must pass before your Galaxy Note 5 puts the screen to sleep.
  7. Tap to enable Smart Stay. When this feature is enabled, your Note 5 uses the front-facing camera to look for your eyes. It keeps the screen on as long as it detects that you are looking at the screen.
  8. Tap to choose the Screen mode, which is how the screen represents colors. You can manually choose AMOLED Cinema, AMOLED Photo, and Basic, or leave it set to Adapt Display, which means your Note 5 chooses the best settings based on usage.

  9. Tap to enable or disable Daydream mode, decide what must be displayed when daydreaming, and when to daydream. Daydream mode is essentially a screensaver.
  10. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

Easy Home Screen Mode

Home Screen mode changes which widgets are placed on your Home screen and how many you have on the Home screen. When Easy mode is enabled, it makes available a lot of widgets that have shortcuts to many apps, and it makes the icons larger.

  1. Tap Easy Mode in the Personal section.

  2. Tap to enable Easy Mode.
  3. Swipe up to select which apps you want to have shortcuts to on your Home screen.
  4. Tap Done to save your changes. You return to the Easy Mode Home screen.

Privacy And Safety

You use Privacy and Safety to set whether you want to allow your geographic location to be available to Google and apps running on your phone, to manage Private Mode, and to set up a feature that allows your phone to send information to people when you are in an emergency situation.

  1. Tap Privacy And Safety in the Personal section.

  2. Tap to manage whether Google or apps running on your phone have access to your geographic location.
  3. Tap to enable or disable allowing your phone to report diagnostic information to Google.
  4. Tap to manage how SOS messages are handled. See the “Send SOS Messages” section later in this chapter for more information.
  5. Tap to manage Private Mode, which is covered in the next section.

Private Mode

Private mode is a bit confusing at first. While it is enabled, you can move content from certain apps to a secret area on your Galaxy Note 5. When Private mode is disabled, the content is invisible unless you come back into Settings and enable it again.

  1. Tap to enable or disable Private mode.
  2. Choose a method for securing Private mode. The method you use here is in addition to the method you already use for unlocking your Note 5. You need to make this choice only one time when you first enable Private mode.
  3. Tap to enable or disable automatically disabling Private mode when the screen turns off. This is recommended.
  4. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

Send SOS Messages

When you have this feature enabled, if you find yourself in an emergency situation where you need help, you can press the Power button on your Note 5 three times in quick succession, and your phone starts taking note of your geographic location, recording audio, taking pictures, and sending it all to one or more contacts that you have previously set up.

  1. Tap to enable the Send SOS messages feature. The first time you enable it, you are asked to choose at least one person from your contacts or to enter a new mobile phone number to be used by the feature.
  2. Tap to manage which contacts will be sent your location, audio, and pictures when you trigger this feature. You can have more than one contact.
  3. Tap to enable or disable including pictures with the SOS messages.

  4. Tap to enable or disable including audio recordings with the SOS messages.
  5. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.


Themes are packaged changes that, once chosen, change the look and feel of your Note 5. Themes have ability to change the system sounds, wallpaper, icons, fonts used, and colors used in phone menus and including the Notification screen. The themes can also modify the look and feel of some core Samsung apps, such as the Phone app.

  1. Pull down the Notifications bar and tap the Settings icon.

  2. Tap Themes in the Personal section or in the Quick Settings section.

  3. Tap a theme to download it and make it active. If you have previously downloaded and installed the theme, skip to step 5.

  4. Tap Download to download and install the theme.

  5. Tap Apply.

Lock Screen and Security

These settings screens allow to control what is shown on the Lock screen, how your device is unlocked, whether you want non-Google Play apps to be installed, and many other security-related options.

  1. Pull down the Notification bar and tap the Settings icon.

  2. Tap Lock Screen and Security.

  3. Tap to change what must be done to unlock your phone’s screen. You can choose to do nothing, or require a swipe across the screen, or you can use a security method like a numeric PIN, trace a pattern, type a password, or use your fingerprint.
  4. Tap to choose what information is shown on the Lock screen. You can choose to show the clock, weather, and even your name.
  5. Tap to choose whether notifications appear on the Lock screen, and if they do, whether they show the content of the notification or just the notification itself. You can also choose which apps can send notifications to the Lock screen.
  6. Tap to manage your Secure Lock settings. Secure Lock settings include the setting for automatically locking the screen after a specified time, allowing you to press the Power button to lock the screen, and Smart Lock settings that allow you to keep your Note 5 unlocked under certain situations. See the “More About Smart Lock” margin note later in this section for more information.
  7. Tap to manage your fingerprints. This includes adding or removing fingerprints, choosing when to use your fingerprint, and changing the backup password that you use when your fingerprint cannot be detected.
  8. Tap to choose whether you want to enabled Samsung’s KNOX Active Protection (KAP) or install and use Samsung’s My KNOX, which is a secure container for your company apps and data.

  9. Tap to enable and manage Samsung’s Find My Mobile service. When it’s enabled, you can log in to the Find My Mobile website to track your stolen phone and send a remote wipe command to it. For more information, see the “More About Find My Mobile” note at the end of this chapter.
  10. Swipe up for more settings.

  11. Tap to be allowed to install Android apps that are not found in the Google Play Store. This is not recommended because apps that aren’t in the official app store might contain viruses and malware. Proceed with caution if you enable this feature. If you have enrolled your device in your company’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) system, you might be required to enable this option.
  12. Tap to see other security settings.

  13. Tap to encrypt your phone’s file system. When the system is encrypted, if you power off your phone and then power it back on, you need to enter a numeric PIN to unencrypt your device before it starts up. In this example, the Note 5 is already encrypted.
  14. Tap to set and manage a PIN to unlock your SIM card. If you use a PIN to lock your SIM card, you need to enter it in addition to entering any security measures you set for your phone.
  15. Tap to enable or disable briefly showing each character of a password as you type it.
  16. Tap to manage how your phone gets security policy updates from Samsung. You can choose to have them automatically download and installed, and you can choose to have them download only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
  17. Tap to enable or disable automatically sending security reports to Samsung.
  18. Tap to manage device administrators. See the nearby margin note “More About Device Adiministrators” for more information.
  19. Swipe up for more settings.

  20. The Storage type item is for information only. It indicates whether your phone supports storing your private encryption keys in the hardware (Hardware-backed) or stored in software only.
  21. Tap to view and select or deselect trusted certificates that the Android system uses and the ones you may be using.
  22. Tap to install certificates from your phone’s storage. This assumes you previously saved the certificate to storage.
  23. Tap to remove all trusted user certificates (if you are using any).
  24. Tap to manage Trust Agents. Trust Agents are trusted agents or services that you trust to manage your phone’s security. Today there is only one Trust Agent called Smart Lock, which is provided by Google. Smart Lock is discussed in more detail in a previous margin note.

  25. Tap to enable or disable Screen Pinning, which allows you to “pin” an app so that the person using it cannot exit the app. See the “More About Pinning an App” margin note for more information.
  26. Tap to manage which apps running on your phone are allowed to collect app usage information about all apps you have installed. This usage information includes how often each app is run, how long it sits in the foreground (active on your screen), and how long it sits in the background (still running but not visible).
  27. Tap to manage which apps have access to notifications that appear on your phone. Typically if you use an Android Wear Smartwatch, the Android Wear app is listed in this screen.
  28. Tap to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

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