The most recent Android 14 update from Google includes a handy tool for Pixel devices called Repair Mode. This option enables you to create a backup of personal information – things like pictures and texts, in case your phone needs technical assistance or maintenance down the road. That way, your private content stays protected even when the device is no longer in your possession during service. I’ll walk through the simple steps to demonstrate how you can use this feature.
What’s Repair Mode on Pixel Phones?
Repair Mode is a smart tool to protect your apps and personal things on your phone when someone else is fixing it. This feature is part of the new Android 14, making Pixel phones extra secure.
Which Pixel Phones Have Repair Mode?
Not all Pixel phones have this yet. Here’s a list of those that do:
- Pixel 5a (5G)
- Pixel 6a
- Pixel 6
- Pixel 6 Pro
- Pixel 7a
- Pixel 7
- Pixel 7 Pro
- Pixel Fold
- Pixel 8
- Pixel 8 Pro
And more models will get this feature later.
How to Turn On Repair Mode on Pixel Phones
Before you start, make sure your phone has at least 2GB of free space and you’ve set up a screen lock. Here’s what to do:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap on ‘System’, then ‘Repair Mode’.
- Tap ‘Enter Repair Mode’ and type in your screen lock code.
- Your phone will restart in Repair Mode, keeping your data locked away.
How to Turn Off Repair Mode on Pixel Phones
After fixing your phone, here’s how to get back to normal:
- Open Settings.
- Tap on System, then Repair Mode, and then on ‘Exit Repair Mode’.
- Type in your screen lock code.
- Your phone will restart and everything goes back to normal.
Frequently asked questions
- How to get out of Repair Mode?
Go to Settings > System > Repair Mode, tap ‘Exit Repair Mode’, and enter your screen lock code.
- What does Repair Mode do?
It locks your apps and personal data when your phone is being fixed, so nobody can peek at them.
That’s it! Now you know about Repair Mode on your Pixel phone. If you’ve got questions or want to say something, just leave a comment below. Share this with friends and family too, so they can learn about this cool feature!
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