What is the Secure Folder and how to use it?

Last Update date : Sep 21. 2020
Secure Folder

You’d like to show photos on your phone to your friends, family, or colleagues, but don’t want them to see private information, such as text messages, photos, banking information, and passwords. How can you let someone look through your phone but not see your most sensitive data?

 

Secure Folder protects your private content, such as photos, notes and apps, from being accessed by others. It houses your private information in a separate secure area, even when your device is unlocked. You can also use multiple accounts on a single device by creating a copy of the app to be housed in Secure Folder. 

NOTE: that the Secure Folder is only available on devices running on the Android Nougat 7.0 operating system and above.

How to create a Secure Folder?
1 Go to the Settings menu → Lock screen and security or Biometrics and security
Secure folder setting
2 Tap on Secure Folder.
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3 You will need to sign into or create a Samsung Account. Tap Sign in or Continue
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4 Enter your Samsung Account details, then tap Sign in or OK
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5 You'll be prompted to set up a security method like a PIN, password or pattern for accessing Secure Folder. Tap NEXT and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your passcode and access to your Secure Folder.
choose your pin pattern
6 A shortcut to the Secure Folder will be added to your Home and Apps screen
Add Apps in Secure Folder

After Secure Folder is set up, tap Add apps. Tap a desired app to put in the folder, and then tap ADD. You'll see a copy of the app in your Secure Folder.

 

To add files, tap Add files and then select the file source or type.

How to move files to Secure Folder?
1 Navigate to and open Secure Folder. Enter your Secure Folder passcode information
2 Tap My Files and search for the file you want to move out of Secure Folder. Tap and hold the file, and then tap More Options.
3 Tap NEXT and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your passcode and access to your Secure Folder.
4 Tap Move out of Secure Folder. The file will be placed in the app where it was originally from.

Note: If the file was previously saved on your SD card, it will be moved to a new folder in the Gallery, and saved in your phone’s internal storage.

Note: If the file was previously saved on your SD card, it will be moved to a new folder in the Gallery, and saved in your phone’s internal storage.

How to hide the Secure Folder from my Home or Apps screen?
1 Go to the Settings menu → Lock screen and security. or Biometrics and security
2 Tap on Secure Folder.
3 Select Hide Secure Folder
4 Select OK to confirm
How to remove the Secure Folder?
1 Go to the Settings menu → Lock screen and security. or Biometrics and security
2 Tap on Secure Folder.
3 Select Menu or three dots in the top right corner
4 Select More settings
5 Select Uninstall
6 Select Uninstall again to confirm

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