Galaxy S21 lets you remove location data from images before sharing them

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Last updated: January 19th, 2021 at 09:00 UTC+02:00

Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones not only come with a new design and updated specifications, but they also feature improvements to privacy and security-related features. The Galaxy S21 makes it safer for users to share images with other people nearby or on the internet.

Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra users can choose to remove GPS location data from their photos with a single tap before sharing them with other people. All they have to do while sharing their photos is to select the ‘Remove location data’ option and then choose the sharing service of their choice. This will strip away latitude and longitude information from the image’s EXIF data. Although users can remove location data from photos by using countless third-party apps on the Play Store, having this feature built-in will make it accessible to a lot more users.

Samsung Private Share

The new phones also come with a couple of other new security features. Galaxy S21 users can also use the Private Share feature if they want to have more control over who can see their photos, videos, documents, and other files, and how long they can have access to those files. Users can either manually revoke file access or wait for two days after which access is automatically revoked. However, even the recipient will need to have a Galaxy device running Android 9.0 or above.

Another new feature is Samsung Knox Vault, which uses a secure sub-processor, secure memory, and integrated software to protect biometric, blockchain, PIN, and password data. This feature saves user data even during hardware attacks. The South Korean tech giant mentioned it during the Galaxy S21’s launch event that it has worked closely with Qualcomm and Samsung LSI for this feature.

Samsung Knox Vault

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