What’s new and how to use it on the Samsung Galaxy S22

Google introduced a bunch of privacy settings in Android 12, including a new privacy dashboard, visual indicators for camera and microphone access, a toggle to enable/disable the camera and microphone, and the ability to share approximate location with apps. Samsung has integrated all these features into One UI 4, the latest version of its custom skin based on Android 12. But its implementation is a little different. If you just got a brand new Galaxy S22 series device or you have an older Samsung phone with One UI 4.0 or higher, here’s everything you need to know about One UI 4’s new privacy features and how to use them.

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Privacy settings in One UI 4 on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

privacy control panel

You can access all the new privacy settings on your Samsung Galaxy device running One UI 4.0 or higher by heading to the Privacy section of the Settings app. As you can see in the attached screenshots, Samsung’s implementation of the new privacy features is a little different. One UI 4 on the Galaxy S22 Ultra integrates the new Android 12 privacy dashboard feature into the main privacy settings instead of showing it as a separate option.

All permission usage information shown in the Privacy Dashboard on Google Pixel devices running Android 12 appears at the top of the Privacy Settings on Samsung Galaxy devices running One UI 4 or later. The graph shows the number of apps that have accessed camera and microphone permissions and device location in the last 24 hours.

You can tap each of the three options to see a detailed usage history, including the names of the apps that accessed each permission, when the permission was accessed, and whether the app accessed the permission in the background or while the app was in use.

In addition, you can click on the settings gear in the upper left corner to enable / disable permission access for installed applications. Furthermore, you can click on the All Permissions button under the graph to see similar details about all the other permissions.

Permission manager

Right below the Privacy Dashboard Features, you will find the “Permissions Manager” option. As its name suggests, Permissions Manager lets you manage access to permissions on a per-app basis. Simply click on any of the permissions listed on the next page and then enable/disable that permission for all the apps listed on the page. It’s worth noting that the location permission setting has an additional toggle button that allows you to enable/disable exact location sharing with apps.

Controls and alerts

Next, you will find toggles to enable or disable access to the camera and microphone. You can disable it if you don’t want any apps to access your phone’s camera or microphone. Once disabled, all apps will be blocked from using the phone’s camera and microphone. While the apps will continue to work, a black screen will appear without access to the camera and will not record any sounds without access to the microphone.

It’s worth noting that One UI 4 also includes quick settings tiles for accessing the camera and microphone. However, tiles are not enabled by default. To enable quick settings tiles, swipe down twice from the notification center to open the quick settings and tap the “+” icon to add new tiles.

Then drag the Camera and Microphone access boxes down to the Quick Settings page and tap Done. You can now click on the Quick Settings Camera and Microphone access boxes to easily enable/disable camera and microphone access for apps.

Besides toggling for camera and microphone access, the section also includes a clipboard access toggle. This is disabled by default, but you can enable it to get an alert when an app accesses the contents of your phone’s clipboard.

    Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

    The new Samsung Galaxy S22 series devices run One UI 4.1 based on Android 12, which includes some useful new privacy settings.

While this covers all the new privacy features in One UI 4, the privacy settings include two other options that have been carried over from previous software versions. This includes Samsung Personalization Service settings, Android Personalization Service, Google Autofill settings, location history settings, activity controls, etc.

Now that you have a fair idea of ​​the new privacy features in One UI 4 on the Galaxy S22, which of these settings do you think is the most useful based on your use case? Let us know in the comments section below.