What is Secure Folder and how to use it on my phone?

Last Update date : Jul 22. 2022

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

With Secure Folder, you can have:

  • No risk of 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 customise 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 Folder

Step 1. Go to Settings > Biometrics and security > Secure folder

secure folder settings

Step 2. After reading the Terms and Conditions and permissions information and tapping Continue, your secure folder will be created.

create secure folder

Step 3. Select a lock type 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. 

select lock type
How to reset PIN, pattern or password for Secure Folder

If you ever forget your Secure Folder unlock code, you can reset it using your Samsung account.

Step 1. After typing the wrong code when trying to access the folder, tap the Forgot PIN button at the bottom of the locked screen and tap Reset.

Forgot PIN

Step 2. Login to your Samsung account.

Step 3. Choose another unlock code or pattern and tap Continue.

How to lock Secure Folder when not in use

After you unlock your Secure Folder to use it, it usually will not immediately lock again when you exit. To lock it immediately when you exit:

Step 1. Tap the More options icon (three vertical dots).

Step 2. Tap Lock and exit.

Lock secure folder

Set duration before Secure Folder automatically locks

To change how long it takes for the Secure Folder to lock:

Step 1. Go to Settings > Biometrics and security > Secure Folder.

Step 2. Tap Auto lock Secure Folder and select the duration you prefer.

set secure folder lock settings
How to move content to the Secure Folder

Move content, such as photos and videos, to Secure Folder. Follow the steps below to move an image from the default storage to Secure Folder.

Step 1. Go to Secure Folder > tap Add files.

Step 2. Tap Images, select images to move, and then tap Done.

Moving content

Step 3. Tap Move. The selected items will be deleted from the original folder and moved to Secure Folder. To copy items, tap Copy.

Note: The method for moving content may vary depending on the content type.

How to add Applications in Secure Folder

To add an app to Secure Folder:

Step 1. In your Secure Folder > tap on the "+" icon.

Step 2. Select one or more apps installed on the device and tap Add. To install apps from Play Store or Galaxy Store, tap Download from Play Store or Download from Galaxy Store.

Step 3. You should see your newly added app in your Secure Folder. 

add apps to secure folder
How to hide or show Secure Folder shortcut on the Home and Apps screen

For more privacy, you can hide the Secure Folder shortcut from your Apps screen. 

Step 1. Tap on Biometrics and security in Settings > Secure Folder

Step 2. Toggle on/off the switch for Add Secure Folder to Apps screen depending on whether you wish to hide or show the folder.

hide secure folder
How to uninstall Secure Folder

If you would like to uninstall Secure Folder including all content and apps in it.

Step 1. Tap on Biometrics and security in Settings Secure Folder

Step 2. Tap More settings > Uninstall.

uninstall secure folder

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