What is Secure Folder and how to use it on Samsung Mobile Device?

Last Update Date : Sep 24. 2018

Secure Folder protects your private content and Apps, such as photos and contacts, from being accessed by others. You can keep your private content and Apps even when the device is unlocked. You can also use multiple accounts on a single device.

• No risk for hacking with encrypted content based on KNOX
• Only one time authentication for Secure Folder in order to set up and use several Apps
• Separate accounts for the same App                        

Please note: 
• Secure Folder is a separate, secured storage area. The data and Apps in Secure Folder cannot be transferred to other devices via unapproved sharing methods, such as USB or Wi-Fi Direct.

Attempting to customize the operating system or modifying software will cause Secure Folder to be automatically locked and inaccessible. Before saving data in Secure Folder, make sure to back up a copy of the data in another secure location.

How to create Secure FolderClick to Expand
1 Launch the Secure Folder App. Alternatively, launch the Settings App and tap Lock screen and security > Secure Folder
Launch Secure Folder App
2 Tap START
Tap Start
3 To use Secure Folder, you should sign-in to Samsung account first before using Secure Folder. Tap SIGN IN and sign in to your Samsung account
Tap Sign-in
Sign-in Samsung Account
4 Select a lock method to use for Secure Folder and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

When you launch the Secure Folder App, you must unlock the App using your preset lock method. If you forget your Secure Folder unlock code, you can reset it using your Samsung account. Tap the reset button at the bottom of the locked screen, and enter your Samsung account password.
How to reset and unlock Secure FolderClick to Expand

If you have forgetton how to unlock Secure Folder, you can reset your lock using your Samsung account.

1 When running the Secure Folder, unlock screen for Secure Folder appears
2 Tap FORGOT PATTERN and tab RESET
Tap Forget Pattern
Reset Pattern
3 Enter your Password of Samsung account and then tap CONFIRM
Enter Samsung Account
4 Set the new unlock code, tap CONFIRM
Set new password
How to lock Secure Folder when not in useClick to Expand

You can set the device to automatically lock Secure Folder when it is not being used.

1 On Secure Folder main screen tap More option (3 vertical dots)
Tap More option
2 Tap Settings
Tap Settings
3 Tap Auto lock Secure Folder
Tap Auto lock Secure Folder
4 Select a lock option
Select a lock option
How to move content to the Secure FolderClick to Expand

To move content such as photos and contacts to the Secure Folder, follow these steps:

1 Launch the Secure Folder App and tap Add files
Add Files
2 Tap Images, tick images to move, and then tap DONE
Tap Images
Select Images and Done
3 Tap MOVE. The selected items will be deleted from the original folder and moved to Secure Folder. To copy items, tap COPY

Please note: The method for moving content may vary depending on the content type

Tap Move
Files are moved or copied to the Secure Folder

To move content from Secure Folder to the corresponding App in the default storage, follow these steps:

1 Launch the Secure Folder App and tap Gallery
Tap Gallery
2 Select an image and tap More option (3 vertical dots) and move out of Secure Folder
Select Images and tap More option
Move out of Secure Folder
3 Gallery is in default storage
Gallery is in default storage
How to add Applications in Secure FolderClick to Expand

To add Applications in Secure Folder, follow these steps:

1 Launch the Secure Folder app and tap Add apps
Tap Add apps
2 Tick one or more Apps installed on the device and tap ADD.
To install Apps from Play Store or Galaxy Apps, tap DOWNLOAD FROM PLAY STORE or DOWNLOAD FROM GALAXY APPS
Select one or more Apps and tap ADD
3 To uninstall Apps from Secure Folder, tap Edit apps and select Apps > Uninstall
Edit apps
Uninstall Apps
How to hide Secure Folder shortcut from the Home and Apps screenClick to Expand

To hide the Secure Folder shortcut from the Apps screen or Home screen, follow these steps:

1 Launch the Secure Folder App and tap More
Launch the Secure Folder App and tap More
2 Tap Settings and then tap the Show Secure Folder switch to deactivate it
Tap Settings
Tap switch on Show Secure Folder
Deactivate Show Secure Folder
How to uninstall Secure FolderClick to Expand

To uninstall Secure Folder, including the content and Apps, follow these steps:

1 On Secure Folder main screen, tap More
Launch the Secure Folder App and tap More
2 Tap Settings and tap More option
Tap Settings
Tap More settings
3 Tap Uninstall
Tap Uninstall
Tap Uninstall

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