Update 1: Added: How to use Galaxy S5 kids mode?
Update 3: Added: How to delete Kids Mode files from Galaxy S5?
Update 4: Added: How to use Galaxy S5 safe mode to exit kids mode?
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.
- 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 not, please follow this section: “How to use Galaxy S5 safe mode to exit kids mode?“
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.
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.
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.
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:
- the dustbin (illustrated in red box), if you want to delete the selected files.
- share button (illustrated in yellow box), if you want to share the files to other apps.
- 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.
How to use Galaxy S5 safe mode to exit kids mode?
A recent update of kids mode requires alternative password and the PIN reset link is not provided any more.
So, if you forget the PIN and alternative for Galaxy S5 kids mode, you are stuck in this mode.
Rebooting the phone does not help because rebooting will brings you back to kids mode again. This is one of the purposes of parental control apps.
Google account cannot be used to exit kids mode because the credential is app specific. And therefore, Android device manager won’t help you exit the kids mode either.
The simple way to exit kids mode when you forget both PIN and alternative password is using safe mode by following these steps:
Step 1: Reboot Galaxy S5 into safe mode by following this guide.
Step 2: Uninstall kids mode in safe mode.
Once in safe mode, you can uninstall kids mode from Settings–Application manager-Kids mode
Step 3: Reboot the phone into normal mode.
After the kids mode is uninstalled, reboot the phone normally to exit safe mode.
Step 4: Add kids mode again.
Now you are out of kids mode. If you want, you can add kids mode again.
Go to App drawer ((the 16 dots icon), tap the link for Kids mode. It will ask you to install, and set it up again. This time, please write down the PIN and alternative password.
After this, you can let your kids enjoy the Galaxy S5 kids mode again.
Do you have any questions with Galaxy S5 kids mode?
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To know more about Galaxy S5, please check our Samsung Galaxy S5 features explained page.