What is Galaxy Note 5 lock screen?
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen is a special page that protects Galaxy Note 5 from unintended operations.
For example, when Galaxy Note 5 is sitting in your pocket, the touch screen may be accidentally turned on. Without Galaxy Note 5 lock screen (or screen lock), some apps may be started and you may accidentally dial some contacts.
If you set some security instead of the default swipe to unlock for the Galaxy Note 5 lock screen. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen can also protect your phone from unauthorized access.
By default, without unlocking the phone, Galaxy Note 5 lock screen allows you :
- to check time/data;
- to check weather info;
- to use camera (but you cannot edit photos);
- to make emergent calls to contacts in ICE group;
- to preview notifications if enabled (you can disable this if privacy is a concern)
If you need access other features or other apps, you need unlock Galaxy Note 5.
How to access, lock and unlock Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen
By default, you can lock Galaxy Note 5 lock screen in a few ways:
- You can press the Galaxy Note 5 Power button to turn off the screen and lock the phone immediately.
- If Galaxy Note 5 is not used for a specified period (screen timeout which can be set in Settings—Display—Timeout), Galaxy Note 5 will turn off the screen automatically and will lock Galaxy Note 5 later after another specified period (set under Settings—Lock screen —lock automatically).
When Galaxy Note 5 is locked, you will get the Galaxy Note 5 lock screen whenever the screen is on. You can turn on the Galaxy Note 5 touch screen in different ways:
- You can press the Power button.
- You can press the Home button.
- When you receive a new notification, Galaxy Note 5 screen will be turned on shortly.
- When you receive a call, Galaxy Note 5 screen will be turned on automatically.
- When you receive an alarm alert, Galaxy Note 5 screen will also be turned on for a while.
- When you receive an event reminder, Galaxy Note 5 will turn on the screen automatically for a while.
After the screen is turned on, you are in Galaxy Note 5 lock screen.
You can then unlock Galaxy Note 5 lock screen based on lock screen security settings.
By default, you can swipe in any direction (if swipe is set as lock screen security) as shown below to unlock Galaxy Note 5.
Please note, if you have any sensitive data on the phone, you should change the lock screen security settings (read on).
Why you should set Galaxy Note 5 lock screen security?
The default Galaxy Note 5 lock screen security is swipe to unlock. You can swipe the screen as instructed to unlock Galaxy Note 5 as shown above.
This can be a serious security issue.
Anyone who holds your phone can access all your personal data and files. This can be a nightmare if you lose your Galaxy Note 5.
So, if you have any sensitive or private data or files on Galaxy Note 5 (who don’t have any?), you should set lock screen security so that your data and files can be protected.
Please also note, security is to everyone, including you. If you forget your PIN/password, you may also get yourself in trouble (read on).
How to set Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen security?
You can set Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen security in Settings— Lock screen and security — Screen lock type, and then select a screen lock method mentioned below.
After Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen security (lock type) is set, you must use the lock type (pattern, PIN, password, fingerprint) you specified to unlock your Galaxy Note 5.
Some lock types may accept alternative methods. You may also use smart lock (read on).
You can choose from the following lock types for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen security.
Draw a pattern by connecting four dots or more, and then draw the pattern again to verify it.
Set a backup PIN to unlock the screen when you forget the pattern.
A PIN consists of numbers only.
Enter at least four numbers, and then enter the PIN again to verify it.
A password consists of characters and numbers.
Enter at least four characters including numbers and symbols, and then enter the password again to verify it.
Register your fingerprints to unlock the screen. The fingerprint sensor is located in the Home button which is located below the screen. Please check this page for Galaxy Note 5 layout.
You need register your fingerprint first. When registering fingerprint, you will be asked to setup an alternative password (or backup password).
Write down the backup password and remember it.
How to use smart lock for Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen
Android Lollipop smart lock is fully supported in Samsung Galaxy Note 5. You can unlock Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen with:
- trusted devices, e.g., a Bluetooth device or a NFC device.
- trusted locations, e.g., home, or office.
- trusted voice.
- On-body detection.
Please read this guide on how to use smart lock for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen.
What can I do if I forget Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen pattern, PIN, password, or fingerprints are not recognized?
Lock screen security is to everyone. You are not an exception.
If you forget the PIN, password, backup password (and fingerprint is not recognized), you are locked out of your own Galaxy Note 5.
This happens everyday to some Galaxy Note 5 owners.
Calling technical support or visiting Service center will unlikely solve the problem due to legal reasons, although you can prove you are the owner.
Remember personal data are involved. No legitimate service providers are willing to take the risk.
But don’t be panic.
You have at least 2 methods to unlock Galaxy Note 5 lock screen by yourself if you forget the pattern/PIN/password/backup password.
- Use Samsung’s Find My mobile service. This requires that you enabled the service on the phone before you are locked out.
- Use your main Google account. The main Google account means the first Google account added to Galaxy Note 5.
Please note, both methods require active internet connection.
This means at least one of WiFi and mobile data is enabled on the phone before you are locked out of Galaxy Note 5. You cannot enable them when you are locked out of the phone.
Please read this guide for detailed steps. It was written for S6. But it works on Galaxy Note 5 equally.
Can you use Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lock screen?
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For other Galaxy Note 5 features and detailed Galaxy Note 5 how-to guides , please check Galaxy Note 5 how-to guides page.
You may also download and read the official Samsung Galaxy Note 5 user manual here.