How to Access Samsung's Privacy Dashboard

All of your settings in one place on your Galaxy phone

What to Know

  • Navigate to Settings > Privacy.
  • Use the Permissions Manager to adjust app permissions or restrict data access.
  • All Android 12 devices have a Privacy Dashboard.

This article explains how to access the Samsung Privacy Dashboard, added in One UI 4 and Android 12.

How Do I Access the Privacy Dashboard?

Samsung's Privacy Dashboard is nearly identical to the Privacy Dashboard in Android 12. It changes how some of the privacy-related settings are categorized, how they're handled and provides additional controls to you. Samsung incorporated the dashboard into its native settings.

Here's how to access the Samsung Privacy Dashboard:

  1. Swipe down to open the quick panel and tap Settings (gear icon).

  2. Tap Privacy.

  3. If you want to adjust what data your installed apps can access then tap Permission Manager.

    Settings gear, Privacy, and Permission Manager on Samsung Galaxy

In the Samsung Privacy Dashboard, you'll see an overview of how your information was used in the past 24 hours. It's broken down into categories like location, camera, microphone, and more. Tapping one of those categories will provide more detailed information, including what apps recently accessed or used the related data.

In the Permissions Manager, you may also tap Additional permissions to view information on some other data categories that apps can access. For example, data from other apps like Discord, instant messaging, car information, etc.

How Do I Turn on Privacy on My Samsung?

Turning on or enabling your privacy is not the correct way to explain how personal information is handled in Android 12, including Samsung devices. You don't turn privacy on and off, but instead, it's something you need to be vigilant about over time.

The Android Privacy Dashboard and Samsung's Privacy Dashboard allow you to see what information apps on your device have access to and give you a better idea of how apps are using that information. You can also stop third-party apps you've downloaded and installed on your device from accessing certain information or content—like your contacts.

The Privacy Dashboard makes it easy to manage permissions and control access so you can keep apps in check and better preserve your privacy and security. By engaging with the Privacy Dashboard and regularly monitoring what information your installed apps have access to, you are already improving your privacy. So, you're effectively maintaining your privacy by using the tool.

Where Is Privacy on Samsung Phone?

The Privacy Dashboard is accessible through the device settings, and that’s also true of most Android 12 devices, including those from other manufacturers. As for the concept of privacy, it’s something you’ll need to monitor throughout your ownership and use of the device.

It should be available on the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, S21 Ultra, and the Z Fold3 and Z Flip3. Samsung will also add the feature to a few older and compatible smartphones, like the Galaxy S, Galaxy A, and Note series.

While older Android devices—and older Samsung smartphones—will not be receiving the latest update that includes the Privacy Dashboard, you can still install one. A third-party app called Privacy Dashboard app is available at Google Play. While that app is not maintained by Google or Samsung, it's nearly identical in form and function.

What Kind of Information Can I Control in the Privacy Dashboard?

A wide variety of information, or data, can be monitored and limited through the Samsung Privacy Dashboard. Some examples include your call logs, contacts, location, and even device hardware like the microphone or body sensors.

In the Privacy Dashboard, you'll see everything listed categorically, along with any apps accessing or using the said information. You'll see what apps have recently accessed your private data, how long ago it happened, and more. You can then take action by ensuring third-party apps cannot access the information any longer through the Permissions Manager.

You can visit Settings > Privacy > Permissions Manager if you want to manage or restrict an app's permissions. Just tap on a category in the list, and you'll see what apps are using that particular data. You can then tap on an app in the list to block access, usage, or tracking of the relevant data.

Permission Manager and Body Sensor settings in Samsung Privacy Dashboard
  • Does Samsung ​collect your data?

    Yes. Samsung collects some information about you to optimize your phone's performance. Google collects data from all Android users, including Samsung users.

  • What is voice privacy mode on my Samsung phone?

    Voice Privacy is an enhanced security feature that makes it harder for eavesdroppers to listen in on your conversations. Voice Privacy automatically lowers the sound of incoming calls.

  • What is the best privacy app for Samsung?

    Samsung Secure Folder protects your private apps and documents. All of the best security apps for Android work on Samsung devices.

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