How to Put a Screen Lock on Your Samsung Galaxy S 5

By Bill Hughes

The most basic effort you can take to protect your Samsung Galaxy S 5 phone is to put some kind of a screen lock on your phone. If you’re connected to a corporate network, the company may have a policy that specifies what you must do to access your corporate network. Otherwise you have eight choices, listed here in increasing degrees of security:

  • Unlock with a simple swipe across the screen

  • Unlock with a pattern that you swipe on the screen

  • Unlock with your fingerprint

  • Unlock with a PIN

  • Unlock with a password

  • Encrypt everything on your phone

You can select any of the first seven of these options in the Lock Screen option in Settings. Encrypting everything on your phone (the eighth listed option) has some serious implications.

If you want to choose one of the first seven options to lock the screen of your phone, here’s what you do:

  1. From the Apps Screen, tap the Settings icon.

  2. Go to the Lock Screen link and tap it.

    This brings up the options for locking your phone. Answer the prompts that appear to establish your security selection.

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For reasons that sort of make sense, your phone uses some terminology that can be confusing. To clarify, the term Screen Lock is an option you can select to prevent unauthorized users from getting into your phone. The term Lock Screen is short for the action of locking your screen or enabling the Screen Lock option.