Google recently, via an official blog post, decided to re-enable a feature for its â€œFilesâ€ app called the â€œSafe Folderâ€. The software giant was seen developing the private folder earlier. However, the feature was pulled off even before making its way to the end-users.
So, the â€œSafe Folderâ€ feature is pretty self-explanatory.Â It provide users with a dedicated folder in which they can hide their sensitive photos, videos, presentations, and other files from prying eyes. The company introduced the feature asÂ â€œin many places around the world, sharing a personal device with spouses, siblings or children is often a cultural expectation,â€.
Now,Â the â€œSafe Folderâ€ is available in the beta version of the â€œFilesâ€ app, as of now. However, the company plans to roll out the feature to end-users pretty soon.
So, without spending much time in the park, let’s go straight to the point as we are going to learn how you can set up your own safe folder. And also how you can transfer your files, pictures, or videos from other folders of the app to the safe folder.
How To Enable The Safe Folder
Now, keep in mind, you need to get beta version 1.0.323 of the â€œFilesâ€ app via the Play Store Beta Program. Or you can download it externally from APKmirror.
So, after installing the said version of the app, follow the steps below to set up your â€œSafe Folderâ€.
1: Launch the appÂ on your device by tapping the â€œFilesâ€ icon.
2: From the bottom menu-bar, tap â€œBrowseâ€Â to access your synced folders.
3: On this page, you will find a â€œCollectionsâ€ sectionÂ under which there will beÂ a â€œSafe Folderâ€Â option.
4: Tap on the â€œSafe Folderâ€Â and you will get to set a 4-digit PIN for the folder.
5: Set your desired PINÂ and voila! Youâ€™re all set up.
Now, with the â€œSafe Folderâ€ all set up, you can now easily move your files from other folders to the safe one to prevent other users from accessing them.
How To Move Files to the Safe Folder
So, hereâ€™s how you can transfer your files and media from other folders to the â€œSafe Folderâ€.
a: Open the â€œFilesâ€ app and go to any folder from the â€œBrowseâ€ section.
b: Choose a fileÂ that you want to move to the â€œSafe Folderâ€.
c: Long pressÂ on the chosen file to go into the â€œselection modeâ€.
d: Tap the â€œthree-dotâ€ button at the top right corner of the screen to bring up the pop-up menu.
e: On this menu, Tap the â€œMove to Safe Folderâ€Â option to move your file(s) to the â€œSafe Folderâ€.
And there you go, you can now hide your files or store your sensitive data in this PIN code-protected folder. If you ever decide to remove any file from the â€œSafe Folderâ€, donâ€™t worry about losing it as the file will return to its original location.