What is Galaxy S7 auto factory data reset?
The No. 1 concern for smartphone owners whose phones were stolen or lost is usually private data saved on the phone. If the data went to hands of bad guys, the loss may be far more significant than monetary value of the phone.
So, a lot of Android security features were introduced since Android Lollipop. For example, you can encrypt the whole phone to protect your data. Of course, factory data reset (FDR) protection may also deter phone thieves.
On top of the standard Android security measures, since Android Marshmallow, Samsung also added Galaxy S7 auto factory data reset to further protect private data for phone owners.
If someone tries to unlock your phone for more than 15 times, your Galaxy S7 can then destroy all data and reset the phone if Galaxy S7 auto factory data reset is enabled.
Please note Galaxy S7 auto factory data reset is a security feature for your private data. If you forget your lock screen PIN/password/pattern, the measure applies to you as well.
If you want to manually factory reset Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, please follow this guide.
How to enable and disable Galaxy S7 auto factory data reset?
By default, Galaxy S7 auto factory data reset is disabled.
To enable Galaxy S7 auto factory data reset, you can go to Galaxy S7 Settings.
Tap lock screen and security in Galaxy S7 Settings page.
In Lock screen and security page, tap Secure lock settings as shown below.
Tap (or drag) the switch for Auto factory reset as shown below to enable or disable Galaxy S7 auto factory data reset on your S7 or S7 edge.
What are the waiting time for wrong input on Galaxy S7 lock screen?
If auto factory reset is turned on Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, Galaxy S7 will wiped the phone automatically after 15 failed attempts.
Since Android Marshmallow, Samsung introduced a new waiting time scheme for wrong input on Galaxy S7 edge lock screen. In other words, if you offer wrong PIN/password/pattern/fingerprint, you may have to wait up to 60 minutes (1 hour) to try again. This is also a security feature to deter brute force attack in case you lose your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
Please note, the result of Galaxy S7 auto factory data reset is identical to that of factory data reset done manually. After the auto factory data reset, device protection (factory data reset protection, FDR protection) applies automatically.
Here is the list of waiting time for different accumulated failed attempts on Galaxy S7 lock screen.
|Changes on waiting time for wrong input on Galaxy S7 lock screen and Galaxy S7 edge lock screen|
|Accumulated failed attempts||Waiting Time|
|1 to 4||None|
|6 to 9||None|
|15||When Galaxy S7 auto factory reset is ON : Galaxy S7 will be wipe out. All your personal data and files will be removed. You cannot recover these files unless you have a backup somewhere else.
When Auto factory reset is OFF on Galaxy S7 or S7 edge: You have to wait 60 minutes for every attempt thereafter.
Can you enable and use auto factory data reset on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?
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For other guides on using Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, please check Galaxy S7 online manual page.
For detailed Galaxy S7 how-to guides, please check Galaxy S7 how-to guides page.
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