Galaxy S5 Kids Mode

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Update 1:  Added:  How to use Galaxy S5 kids mode?

Update 2: Added: How to exit Galaxy S5 kids mode? and how to exit Galaxy S5 kids mode without PIN?

Update 3: Added:  How to delete Kids Mode files from Galaxy S5?

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Galaxy S5 Kids Mode makes S5 child friendly (and safe for parents)

Like it or not, more and more kids are using parents’ smartphones. Smartphones are nice toys to calm down kids when you are busy on computer or on other activities.

But at the same time, more and more parents are facing a similar problem: kids messed up  the phones.  Some files may be deleted until you noticed it a few days later when you need them. Or the settings may be changed to a weird state.

Sometimes,  it is difficult for trained technicians in the service centre to figure out how to restore the previous clean state. In this scenarios, you probably have no choice but doing a factory reset (losing all your settigns and some info).  For the deleted or lost files, you will very likely find out you do not have a backup!

All these mean a big headache for parents.

But it is impractical to prevent kids from touching your smartphones.

There are some painful solutions for this issue for long time. For example, third-party parental control apps can limit the functions and apps kids can access.  Amazon uses FreeTime on their Kindle Fire tablets.

Now, Galaxy S5 has a built-in function to enter kids mode by one tap. It makes your Galaxy S5 child friendly in a safe way.

Is Galaxy S5 Kids Mode just another parental control app?

In  a sense, Galaxy S5 kids mode is just a parental control app. It limits the functions and apps kids can access on your Galaxy S5.  Kids mode gives most parental controls you’d expect.

But Galaxy S5 kids mode implements parental control in a friendly and safe manner. It works like a sandbox in a separated environment, for example, the kids use their own separate gallery for their jobs.

Galaxy S5 kids mode comes with 5 quite attractive (to kids) apps:  a camera app, a drawing app, a karaoke app, a picture gallery app, and a video playback app. These apps are specially designed for young kids. For example, the camera app can automatically add some funny cartoon effects (e.g., eyes, glasses, mustaches, eyebrows, nose…) to a person. All these effects are automatically added in the correct location thanks to the face detection technology behind.

The most welcomed feature comes with Galaxy S5 kids mode is the Kids Store. You can shop free or paid apps for your kids. Apps in Kids Store are screened by Samsung to make sure they are suitable for young kids. It sounds trivial, but neither Google Play store nor Amazon Appstore for Android has provided a dedicated collection of  apps for young kids.

Is Galaxy S5 Kids Mode similar to Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids’ kids mode?

Yes, the kids mode in Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids is very similar to Galaxy S5 kids mode. The major difference is the pre-installed apps.

Will Galaxy S5 Kids Mode protect my sensitive photos or data?

Although Galaxy S5 kids mode by default limits the access of the main gallery or other storage locations, some apps may get access to other data accidentally.

If you have any sensitive data, it is better to put them in the private mode, for which you can unlock with your fingerprint as explained in this Galaxy S5 finger scanner page.

Can I add more apps for kids mode?

In addition to the 5 pre-installed apps in Galaxy S5 kids mode, you can get free or paid apps suitable for young kids from Samsung Kids Store.

For other apps, you can manually add them to the allowed app list so that your kids can access in kids mode. This is similar to other parental control apps.

Can my kids bypass Galaxy S5 kids mode?

It’s possible for some kids to find ways to jailbreak Galaxy S5 kids mode. But it is not easy at the time of writing this page. There are no known obvious ways for bypassing the kids mode in Galaxy S5.

Please note Galaxy S5 kids mode is targeting young kids, not teenages, who may Google and try some tricks to bypass the Galaxy S5 kids mode.

What are the advantages of Galaxy S5 kids mode?

As mentioned, there are some quite decent parental control apps in the market. For example, Kids Place has similar functions as Galaxy S5 kids mode.

Compared to such apps, Galaxy S5 kids mode has the following advantages:

  • Kids friendly. The pre-installed 5 apps and Kids Store are extremely kids-oriented.
  • Secure. The separation of gallery and storage access makes it safer for parents’ data.
  • Kids Store is unique and helpful for parents.
  • Easy to use for parents.

How to use Galaxy S5 kids mode?

In most regions, Kids mode is not fully installed. Samsung put a link in the home screen or in app drawer. Once you get your Galaxy S5, you can tap the link to  install the app.

Once you launch the app for the first time, you need setup a PIN. This PIN is for (managing)  kids mode only. It has nothing to do with your screen lock PIN or any other PINs. Of course, nobody stops you to use the identical PINs.

You also need set a child profile with birthday and name. Please note, Galaxy S5 kids mode only support one profile. So, there is no way to setup  multiple kids profile.

By default, there are 5 pre-loaded apps for kids in kids mode.  In the bottom right, you have two buttons as shown below, one for kids mode settings, and the other for exiting kids mode. Both of the buttons require PIN.

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galaxy-s5-kids-mode-settingsOnce you tap menu button, you will be able to change the settings:

  • Edit the profile
  • Check the activities in kids mode, for example, the apps used, the screentime….
  • Set the time limit for your kids
  • Add any existing apps to kids mode
  • Add existing media to kids mode,videos, music….
  • Download apps (some are not free)  from Kids Store. There are 6 categories of apps in the store: special, for kids, learning, playing, story and others. The collection currently is not huge. But very likely, more kids app publishers will present here.
  • Change some other settings

How to exit Galaxy S5 kids mode? and how to exit Galaxy S5 kids mode without PIN?

The only way to exit Galaxy S5 kids mode is by tapping the exit button. You must provide the correct PIN.

Rebooting the phone will not exit kids mode. Once your Galaxy S5 is rebooted, it will enter kids mode automatically if it was in kids mode before rebooting.

What happens if I forget the PIN for Galaxy S5 Kids mode?

If you forget the the PIN, you can still exit kids mode! This may NOT work for some Galaxy S5s!

If you typed the PIN  wrongly for 5 times, a link of “forgotten your PIN?” will appear on the screen as shown.  Tap the link, you will be redirect to an Exit page. Tap the Exit link, you returns to normal mode! Next time, it will ask you to setup a new PIN for the kids mode.

I’m not sure whether this is a bug in kids mode, or it is designed in this way. Some Galaxy S5 owners reported this didn’t work for them. So remember your PIN.

Of course, if the kids know this secret, the kids mode PIN is useless. Anyway, kids mode is targeting at young  kids, not teenages.

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How to delete Kids Mode files from Galaxy S5?

After your kids enjoyed your S5 in kids mode , you may find your internal storage shrimped!

The  apps in kids mode may generate  quite a lot files and occupy considerable space. At this time, these files are saved in internal storage. There are no settings to save these files to SD card automatically.

So, you may have to do some housekeeping to remove the files generated in kids mode.

Step 1: Go to your app drawer, start My Files. Tap Device storage as shown below.

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Step 2: Tap Kids mode as shown above. All files generated in kids mode are saved in this folder.

You will find some subfolders corresponding to individual apps.  So, it is very easy to locate the files generated by the drawing app, karaoke app, or camera app.

Now, we assume we want to delete a few files generated in Karaoke app in kids mode.

Step 3:  Navigate to kidstalk_app—talk folder.

You can find the sound files created by your kids as shown below.

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Step 4: Tap and hold one of the files to select it. Once once file is selected, you can select more.

After selecting one or more files, you can tap the 3 different button on the top:

  1.  the dustbin (illustrated in red box), if you want to delete the selected files.
  2. share button (illustrated in yellow box), if you want to share the files to other apps.
  3. the menu button, i.e., the 3 vertical dots, (illustrated in blue box), if you want to move the selected  files to other locations, or zip the selected files)

Yes, that’s it.

Of course, if you can connect your Galaxy S5 to your PC with an USB cable, you can manage all these files generated in kids mode from your PC.

Do you have any questions with Galaxy S5 kids mode?

Please let us know them in the comment box below.

To know more about Galaxy S5, please check our Samsung Galaxy S5 features explained page.

Comments

  1. Nicholas Campbell says

    I received my S5 on the 9th and have since been playing with it. I am already disappointed as AT&T removed the MIMO. Now I find that there is no kids mode on the AT&T version. Do you have any information on the kids mode for AT&T models?

    • Micah says

      It took me forever to find it but you have to add the kids mode widget to the home screen. I was about to return the phone but found it. So the ATT S5 does have kids mode.

      • simon says

        In some regions, it is a link in home screen, or Samsung folder. User has to download and install it.

        Anyway, thank you for your info.

    • i2fun says

      @Nicholas Campbell Just root it, AT&T nor Verizon have a right to control what you do with your phone. Samsung has made it easy to jailbreak and restore features like faster Mimo dual mode downloads with wifi assist. American Carriers are a total Oligopoly….. completely unregulated and burning us every year with less service and higher prices than carriers the world over. In Asia to UK and EU, no carriers are allowed to control the market like they do here in the US!

    • simon says

      On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, tap Widgets, tap and hold the Kids Mode widget. Drag the widget to the Home screen and tap Kids Mode to reinstall it.

      • Laura says

        Worked perfecl..! Thanks for the help. :) I’m new to the Samsung world and this “Kid Mode” is going to come in handy. ;)

  2. Ari says

    Many of us have more than one child. It seems ridiculous to tout kids mode as this great new thing, yet have only one profile available. Seems incomplete to me. Big disappointment.

    • simon says

      Not sure whether Samsung will add this kids mode to Note 3 through future update. Technically, there should be no issues.

      For the time being, you have to use third-party parental control apps on Note 3.

  3. tony says

    So let us have kids mode on other samsung devices. Like I said previously. I have S5 but would love kids mode on my note 3 also. Come on Samsung wake up. You say its all about giving the customer what they want so lets have kids mode. I would happily pay £5 for the app…

    • simon says

      Maybe this trick does not work in your region/firmware. Anyway, you can call local Samsung service centre, and I believe they have some ways to bypass the kids mode easily.

  4. vickie says

    Can someone please help me with deleting My daughters photos in kids mode. She took some that are not appropriate

    • simon says

      You can delete them in your gallery. If auto backup to Google + was enabled, you need goto Google plus (private photos) to delete them as well.

  5. Safah says

    Can somebody help me getting out of kids mode?its like its frozen!!can only receive calls but can’t seem to make any calls.Even the home buttons not responding!

    • simon says

      In kids mode, you can only receive calls, not place calls.

      To exit kids mode, tap the exit button in the “home screen” (exit apps in kids mode) of kids mode. Alternatively, you can tap the menu button (the 3 vertical dots) to find the option to exit.

    • simon says

      You cannot delete kids mode.

      You can always add the widget to the home screen. In one of the home pages, tap and hold any blank area, tap widget, then you can add kids mode widget (1×1) to home screen.

  6. erin says

    Is there any way to delete sounds out of kids mode when playing with the.music / sound app have so many sounds would like to delete some

    • simon says

      By default, all files generated in Kids mode are saved in kids mode folder in the internal storage (there should be some subfolders, e.g., camera_app, drawing_app, kidstalk_app…). You use use ES file explorer (or any file managers) to manage them outside of kids mode. Of course, you can connect s5 to PC to manage these files as well.

  7. Linda says

    My Samsung S5 is locked in kids mode. Can’t enter code or do anything else. Phone calls come in but can’t make calls or get to anything else. Help!!

    • simon says

      If you forgot the PIN, you can try it a few times. If the forgot PIN link does not appear, call local Samsung service centre.

  8. Hector says

    … my phone just locked it self by being in my pocket which it pissed the fuck off..hows that possible?? so i reset it but i was angry

    • simon says

      The phone screen will turn off if there are no activities. You can also lock the phone automatically after screen is off to avoid accident touch. All these can be configured in settings.

      It will not enter kids mode unless you accidently touched the icon. In kids mode, you can just exit to normal mode.

  9. Anthony says

    are you able to add more then one child in kids mode because I have a 2 yr old and a 8 yr old hope you can help thank you

    • simon says

      You can manage files created in kids mode after returning to normal modes. All files generated are saved in the kids mode folder in the internal storage. Video, audio and drawings are saved in different subfolders.

      You can manage them with My Files or any file manager.

      You can also connect you phone to pc, then manage them from pc.

    • kilopapa says

      Finally figured this out. I was about to throw my phone out the window. Samsung and Verizon were worthless at helping me. Hold down your power button until phone options show up. Hold down power off until it comes up with activate safe mode. Boot into safe mode and uninstall the application. Reboot and you’re good.

    • simon says

      You can call Samsung service center, they can reset it for you.

      It’s also possible to boot into safe mode, then temporally disable the app. Then reboot normally.

    • simon says

      Actually, you cannot delete kids mode. You only deleted the widget from your home screen. You can add it back to your home screen like other widgets (tap and hold blank area in your home screen until the options window pops).

  10. Morgan says

    I have found that in kids mode there are apps popping up for dry cleaners or other random nonsense…is there away to block these? My daughter clicked on one and it took her to the internet. The game she was on was a free xylophone app from play store.

    • simon says

      Kids mode doesn’t block ads. The ad should be from the app, not from kids mode.

      You can turn off mobile data and wifi before handing the phone to kids if this is a concern.

    • simon says

      For unknown reasons, you cannot add pre-installed apps to the list. This means you actually cannot add YouTube to kids mode.
      Very likely, this is a software defect.

  11. Mishal (@Mishal_xD) says

    My little brother figured out how to change the pin AND the alternative password, but now he forgot them! On my device, there is no exit that shows up if you enter the wrong pin 5 times! My phone is stuck on kids mode, what do I do?

    • simon says

      There is no alternative password for kids mode.

      You can try to unlock your phone at Android device manager from a pc. It will reset all password in your phone. By default this is enabled in your phone. But it requires internet connection.

  12. Gabriela says

    I can’t setup kids mode. It asks for pin them alternative password once I input the alternative password, a window pops up saying “parental mode, stop working” and it kids me out. I have Uninstalled it, reinstalled it, and nothing.

    • simon says

      Usually it doesn’t ask for alternative password for kids mode in most regions.

      Anyway, you may try to reboot s5. It seems the problem was caused by other apps.

        • simon says

          The updated kids mode in most regions now asks you to setup an alternative password, in addition to the PIN.

          If the kids mode does not work for the new device, you may check with local Samsung service centre.

  13. Monique says

    I can’t get out of my Kids Mode. I tried typing in the number over 5 times to restart the app. Any suggestions on how to get out of it?

  14. AParent says

    I searched online and couldn’t find any answer to what my 4 year old did on my GS5. He enabled kids mode and obviously couldn’t remember the pin. I tried many tricks including booting, battery pull but the phone came back to kids mode, guess I was stuck playing kids game now. After giving some graphic feedback to my son I got back on GS5, and just before doing the hard reset (where you will loose all your data), I tried holding the volume and menu key right after a restart, phone got into safe mode, I unlocked using my regular pin and I was forced into easy mode, which is fine as long as I could get into app list and uninstall kids mode. Rebooted the phone again to get out of safe mode, and changed the look back to standard mode. I wish the designers at Samsung would make this easier, anyway I hope this article will save some poor parent like myself some aggravation when their kid tries to outsmart them :-D

  15. Erin says

    Hi there,
    I have a galaxy S54kids (yellow) and it turned off somehow and is now asking me for my google account and password and after ensuring i have the correct details (checked on PC) i ahve tried to log on and it’s saying “incorrect pin entered 5 times”
    I definitely have the right pin and it’s not working. apparently the only way to fix is to do a factory reset, how do i do this? Or anyone have any other suggestions?

    • simon says

      Not sure what you are talking about.
      1. Are you using kids mode on s5? Or are you using other phone models?
      2. Did it ask your Google account? When?

  16. Janet says

    my phone is completely frozen in kids mode it wont let me put my pin number in, i cant use the phone for anything other than emergency calls can someone please help me as no one in samsung starts work before 9am

  17. Janet says

    hi ther yeah I did. it still wouldnt let me do anything.
    The only thing I could do was completely restore the phine which meant I lost everything on the phone. Youlive and you leasrn. I definately will not be touching that app I will be deleting it this evening.
    Thank you for you reply :)

  18. shellscareers says

    My S5 went into Kids Mode without me doing anything and now I can’t get out of it. I do not have a passcode and none of the features you mention above show up for me to click on them. How do I get out of this! Help I can’t use my phone at all.

    • simon says

      If you don’t have the forgot passcode link after 5 continuous tries, you’d better call Samsung service center to help you to exit.
      If you want to do it yourself, you can press and hold the power button for more than 5 seconds. This will force the phone to reboot. When booting starts, press and hold volume down until you get s5 home screen. Now, s5 I’d in save mode. You can disable kids mode. Then reboot normally.

  19. grompy says

    Something is wrong with my kids mode. Parental controls kept force closing when I tried to add an app to it so I uninstalled it. After reinstalling it, now parental controls continues to force close after I hit next after I put in my child’s name/birthday. Any ideas how to fix?

    • simon says

      You can go to Settings– Application manager–Kid mode, tap clear cache and clear data. The try again.

      The error can be caused by some other apps. But you try to clear cache and clear data for it first.

  20. Candice says

    I installed the kids store ‘app’ within the kids mode. How do I uninstall or remove it from the apps that my child can choose from? If I go to Applications and uninstall “kids store” it will uninstall of the kids mode app. I just want to remove the kids store so my child doesn’t buy any unapproved games. Please help! I don’t want to have to factory reset my phone.

  21. emily says

    Does anyone know how to create app folders in kids mode and also hide the app store icon from the kids mode page. thanks

  22. linda says

    I got my son a gs5 because of the kid zone he has had it since April I loved the fact he could only call 4 numbers ,but now all of a sudden he can’t call we re booted the phone but nothing….help

    • simon says

      Did you check whether the contact is still in the ICE group in contacts app?

      Actually, it is not limited to 4. You can call any contacts in the ICE group in Kids mode.

      You may also try to check whether there an update is available for kids mode (inside kids mode, parent settings–check for update)

  23. MommyMai says

    Hi! Is there a way to let my daughter watch movies and TV shows I downloaded from the Google “Play Movies” app on the S5?
    Thanks!

  24. Lisa says

    Hello – my SG5 did it’s auto update this morning and later after I went into kids mode, it won’t accept my pin as the correct PIN. I’m POSITIVE I’m putting the correct number in there. How can I fix this?

        • simon says

          You have at least 2 choices:
          1. if convenient, you can visit local Samsung service centre and they should be able to exit from the kids mode.
          2. if you know what you are doing, you can reboot the phone into safe mode (shutdown your phone, start it, while the phone is booting, press down the “VOLUME DOWN” button, continue pressing until it finish booting). Now you can disable kid mode. then reboot the phone normally.

  25. cassi says

    Is there a way to make more than one kids account within the app? I have 3 kids and would like to set time limits for each of them and restrict apps depending on their age and maturity.

    • simon says

      Kids mode only support one profile at this time.

      Google still consider phone as a purely personal device, so the multiple users feature had not been enabled in phones. For tablet, multiple users can be created easily to solve your problem.

      Anyway, kids mode is mainly intended for young kids and for short period use. It’s not a full parental control app.

  26. Bella says

    My child was playing on Kid Mode this morning and then came up to me saying that “it wasn’t working.” When I looked, it was stuck on the Verizon Red Screen and when it finally came on, it had been completely factory reset. All of my photos and videos are gone, contacts are missing, and settings are undone. How is that possible from Kid Mode? I thought it was supposed to prevent such accidents.

  27. sebby1234 says

    So I can’t open the app for the kids mode and its not even in the disabled part of my phone.So how do I get it back

  28. karen447 says

    Hi… I want to add videos to the kids mode and I cant… I can select the foldet but the green tick to complete the action is off…. what can I do??

    • simon says

      Open the folder, you need select individual video file, not the whole folder.

      Once the files are added, open kids media player, you can find and play them.

  29. Debbi says

    I recorded a song on the voice part for my daughter but she will randomly record other things and I can not go back and have the song play in the different voices so I end up recording the same thing all the time. Is there anyway to change the recording that plays with the different voices.

  30. Michael says

    I tried to install kids mode and an alert said currently unable to download. please try again later. I tried several times to download and kept getting same error and wifi was working. It showed it downloading all the way to the required 83.3mb and after the download I get same error every time how do I fix this

  31. gonzaga says

    Can’t get out from S5 kids mode: I got the right password … but after entering the pwd, it goes back to kids mode screen!

    • simon says

      If you keep trying, what happens?

      Anyway, if you cannot get out of kids mode for some reason, you may try to disable kids mode. You need reboot your S5 (press and hold power button). When rebooting, press and hold volume up button until the booting process finishes. Once in safe mode, you can uninstall kids mode. Then reboot the phone normally.

  32. Alexis says

    when I try to leave the kids mode like it says above it has me put in an alternate pin that it had me set up. I got the phone yesterday and have no clue what I’m doing. even when i type the correct pin it won’t let me leave.

    • simon says

      Before you can use the kids mode, S5 should ask you to set it up first. During this setup process, it will always ask you to set up a 4-digit PIN, In some regions, it also asks you to set up the alternative password.

      If you cannot get out of kids mode for some reason, you may try to disable kids mode. You need reboot your S5 (press and hold power button). When rebooting, press and hold volume up button until the booting process finishes. Once in safe mode, you can uninstall kids mode. Then reboot the phone normally.

      I will try to put this in the guide with detailed steps.

  33. lindenblossoms says

    HELP i can’t exit kid’s mode…I can access parental controls but when I enter my pin on the exit button it accepts it and then goes straight back to the kids menu. my phone is useless now. how can i exit???

    • simon says

      You can disable kids mode in safe mode. Please follow these steps:
      1. press and hold power button, choose power off
      2. press and hold power button AND volume down button. When the phone starts, release the power button, but you MUST continue to hold the volume down button until the phone boots into safe mode.
      3. disable kids mode
      4. reboot your phone normally

  34. lindenblossoms says

    Thanks for the speedy reply! I’ve just tried your suggestion and it doesn’t work…it just starts up and goes straight to kids mode. I only just got my phone and i’m really upset about this. do you have any other suggestions?

    • simon says

      When the phone rebooting, you need press and hold volume down button until you see the lock screen. You failed to enter safe mode very likely because you did not hold the volume down key before and during booting process.

      This is the only way (available for users) to exit kids mode without resetting your phone.

      Of course, you can visit local Samsung service centre. And they can also exit kids mode for you.

  35. Krystle G. says

    I just got my S5 a week ago and I wasn’t in a rush to get everything downloaded and setup right away. I saw the kids mode app on my home screen and started to download and install it but at the time there was some error and I didn’t have time at the moment to sit and play with it, so I just stopped it n waited for better timing. This afternoon I started to sit down and get it setup since my 5 year old comes home tomorrow from his dad’s and I wanted to have it ready to go upon my picking him up so he could use it on our long ride home. But now it’s gone. I cannot find the app in my menu or on my home screen. The only place I found it was in Settings>Application Manager> All. I can’t move it to my SD card because the button is faded and I can’t do anything other than Force Stop, Clear Data, or Uninstall…bit it doesn’t appear to be installed anywhere and I don’t recall the installation process ever being completes to begin with. Does anyone else have a similar problem or know how to get the program/Application to appear back in my menu or my homescreen? I can’t even find it in the Google PlayStore. All I found in the play store were other similar downloadable Kids Mode applications, but not the one that comes on the S5. Help.

    • simon says

      You can only download this app from Samsung Apps (Galaxy Apps). You can try to add the widget to the home screen. Then tap it to finish the setup.

      To add widget into home screen, you can tap and hold recent app button (left to home button) in the home screen. Then tap widget. You can also go to app drawer (16 dots), then switch to widget, tap and hold the kids mode to add it to the home screen.

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