This Galaxy S20 guide explains why you may need to hide password when typing it, how to hide password on Galaxy S20.
In this guide, Galaxy S20 refers to all three Galaxy S20 models, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Why you may need to hide password on Galaxy S20 when typing it?
By default, the password or PIN field on Galaxy S20 will display *s or dots, instead of the actual characters, to protect your password or PIN from prying eyes.
But when you type the password or PIN on Galaxy S20, the last typed character will show briefly on the screen.
It was designed for you to check the typed the password or PIN.
But this could be a big concern when you need to type password or PIN in the crowded public places. For example, in the crowded subway, it is hard to prevent others from seeing your screen.
So, you may want to hide password on Galaxy S20 even when typing, i.e., make the password invisible when typing.
Please note, if you use a PIN to unlock the phone, you can hide the PIN and confirm PIN without tapping OK on Galaxy S20. But for the password, you can only hide it when typing, and you have to tap OK or enter to confirm.
How to hide password on Galaxy S20 when typing it?
As mentioned, by default, the last typed character of the password or PIN is visible on the screen briefly.
You can follow these steps to hide password on Galaxy S20 when typing.
Step 1: Access Galaxy S20 Settings
You can access Galaxy S20 settings in different ways, for example,
- Tap the Settings app icon on Galaxy S20 Home screen.
- Tap the Settings app icon on Galaxy S20 Apps screen.
- Tap the Gear icon on the Galaxy S20 quick settings panel.
You can even use voice command to launch Galaxy S20 settings.
Step 2: Access Biometrics and security settings
On Galaxy S20 Settings page, tap Biometrics and security, as shown in the screenshot below,
In the Biometrics and security settings page, tap Other security settings, as shown above.
Step 3: Hide password on Galaxy S20 when typing
Now, on the other security settings page, you can find the entry for make password visible, as shown in the screenshot below.
You need to make sure it is turned off.
If it is on, it means the last typed character will be visible on the screen briefly.
Step 4: Verify
After you disable the Make password visible, both password and PIN should be hidden when typing.
You can verify it on the lock screen, as shown above. When typing, the typed PIN/password should always appear as dots.
Does this help me hide the password in all apps?
Yes, this feature should work on all apps, as long as the developer marks the field as a password.
Does it make the phone safer if I hide password on Galaxy S20?
Yes, it at least blocks the prying eyes.
Of course, typing password or PIN in a public space is never safe. There may be some legitimate and illegitimate cameras recording whatever you do (include type).
So, whenever possible, you should try to unlock Galaxy S20 with face recognition or the fingerprint reader in the public places. You may check this guide for a detailed explanation of face recognition and face unlock on Galaxy S20.
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If you have any questions on Galaxy S20, you may check other Galaxy S20 guides:
- Galaxy S20 new features guides.
- Galaxy S20 how-to guides.
- Galaxy S20 camera guides.
- Galaxy S20 accessories guides.
- Official Galaxy S20 user manual in your local language.
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