Samsung's Maintenance Mode comes to international smartphones via One UI 5
Some South Korean smartphone users may have been relieved to receive a new One UI feature rated to lock personal data down should the device in question need to visit a repair center. Now, the OEM has announced that the option has gone global.
Samsung has re-branded it as Maintenance Mode (for English-speaking markets, at least) and has officially announced that it will be added to One UI 5 "over the next few months on select models", starting with the Galaxy S22.
The OEM notes that it is to be found under the Device care menu under Settings, and can be activated or turned off as in the original South Korean version. Once on, Maintenance Mode can even block access to user-installed apps.
It will allow the creation of user accounts and profiles while on, although they will apparently be erased once a given smartphone's owner deactivates it on getting the device back.