How To Turn Off Wrinkle Prevent on a Samsung Dryer

If you own a Samsung dryer and can’t figure out how to turn off wrinkle-prevent, don’t worry – you aren’t the first. The main problem with this feature is that it keeps the drum turning after your drying cycle has finished. This can be a major problem if you have put clothes in to dry and gone out for a couple hours, only to find that your dryer is still running up your electricity bill when you get home.

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The method of turning off wrinkle-prevent will depend on the Samsung dryer model you own. Some dryers will have a dedicated button to toggle this function, while others will have it programmed as part of the drying cycle.

Read on to find out how to turn off wrinkle-prevent. The feature can be handy in some cases, but you will no doubt want to turn it off if you are worried about using excessive electricity or if you want the dryer to turn off when it has finished its cycle.

Disabling Wrinkle Prevent

If you want to disable wrinkle prevent, you need to look at your Samsung dryer’s control panel for clues on how to do this. 

disable wrinkle prevent

Disable wrinkle prevent by pressing the wrinkle prevent toggle switch. Make sure the wrinkle-prevent indicator light is off. If your dryer does not have a toggle switch, you may have to cycle through settings until the light switches off, or if your dryer only has a rotary knob, make sure you have not selected wrinkle release by mistake.

Some dryer cycles may have the wrinkle prevent function included. Refer to the user manual to find out more about the cycle you are using to verify whether or not this is the case. If you do not have the manual, you may be able to find it online – follow Samsung’s official instructions here.

If you have an older Samsung dryer model, the manual may not be available online. In this case, consider trying a different drying cycle to figure out which one you can use that does not have wrinkle prevent included.

How To Stop Wrinkle Prevent

The wrinkle-prevent function helps keep your clothes from getting wrinkled as they lay in the bottom of the drum. It does this by periodically rotating the drum without any heat.

If your dryer has an LCD screen, after the cycle ends, it will display a cycling rectangle shape to indicate that wrinkle-prevent is active. Wrinkle release will remain active for up to 180 minutes (depending on the model) or until you open the door. 

Wrinkle-prevent is intended to help keep your clothes from becoming creased. It can be useful if your clothes have become tangled up during the washing machine and save you from having to iron them if you forget about them and they end up sitting in the bottom of the dryer.

If the Door Is Locked, It’s Not Wrinkle Prevent

Wrinkle-prevent is not part of a dry cycle. You should be able to open your dryer at any time to retrieve your clothes. This also stops wrinkle-prevent and shuts off the dryer.

If you cannot open the door of your dryer, either there is a fault with your dryer or you have set it to use a sensor cycle. Sensor cycles use the moisture sensor to ensure that every item of clothing is dry – sometimes, in mixed loads, a thicker fabric will retain moisture and take longer to dry.

Any time displayed on a sensor dry cycle is more of a ballpark figure than anything. It may take more or less time since these cycles rely on the sensor to tell the machine when to stop.

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Manual Dry Cycles

Instead of relying on the sensor to detect that every item of clothing has been dried to perfection, which can take a long time, manual dry cycles are programmed to run for the time indicated on the screen. For models without screens, you will have to refer to the user manual for the interval.

manual cycles on a Samsung washing

The manual cycles on a Samsung washing machine are as follows:

  • Time Dry: This will run the dryer at the selected temperature for a fixed length of time.
  • Quick Dry: This is a 30-minute cycle, most useful for 1 or 2 items of clothing that need to be dried in a hurry.
  • Air Fluff: Tumbles the clothes with the blower motor on and the heating element inactive.


Turning off wrinkle-prevent can be as easy as pressing a button, but modern Samsung dryers have a lot of different functions – it may feel like you need a license to operate the thing, but with a little patience and experimentation, you should be able to figure it out. In the end, to cancel the wrinkle release, all you need to do is open the door.