What is the Secure Folder and how do I use it?

Please note: the Secure Folder is a function running on Android Nougat 7.0 operating systems and above. If you are using an older device or operating system, you can keep your information private by using  Private Mode

The Secure Folder allows you to keep your private files, images, and even apps in a separate secured folder.

You can transfer content in and out of the Secure Folder, and personalise the lock type used to access the folder. 

 

You can also create multiple accounts if you have more than one person using the phone, and you wish to share access to certain apps.

 

How do I access the Secure Folder?Click to Expand

To access the Secure Folder, you will need to:

1 From the home screen, choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps
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2 Choose Settings
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3 Choose Lock screen and security or Biometrics and security
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4 Choose Secure Folder
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5 You will then need to sign into your Samsung Account. Choose SIGN IN or Continue
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6 Enter your Samsung Account details, then choose SIGN IN or OK

If you do not have a Samsung Account, choose CREATE ACCOUNT, then follow the on-screen instructions

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7 Choose the lock method you wish to use, then tap Next

PLEASE NOTE: that for this example we have used a Pattern lock method.

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8 Enter the lock method, then choose Continue
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9 Enter the lock method again, then choose Confirm
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10 A shortcut to the Secure Folder will be added to your Home and Apps screen
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Can I hide the Secure Folder from my Home or Apps screen?Click to Expand

The Secure Folder can be hidden, to do this:

1 From the home screen, choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps.
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2 Choose Settings
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3 Choose Lock screen and security or Biometrics and security
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4 Choose Secure Folder
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5 Choose Hide Secure Folder or Show Secure Folder
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6 Choose OK or Hide to confirm
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How do I get into my Secure Folder if I've hidden it?Click to Expand

PLEASE NOTE: that this feature isn't available on all devices. Should you wish to access the secure folder, you will need to enable Show Secure Folder.

To access your Secure Folder, you will need to:

1 From the home screen, choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps
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2 Choose Settings
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3 Choose Lock screen and security or Biometrics and security
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4 Choose Secure Folder
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5 Tap the Secure Folder icon at the bottom of the screen, then enter the unlock pattern, pin, or password
How do I remove the Secure Folder?Click to Expand

To remove the Secure Folder, you will need to:

1 From the home screen, choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps
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2 Choose Settings
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3 Choose Lock screen and security or Biometrics and security
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4 Choose Secure Folder
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5 Choose Menu or the three dots in the top right corner. If you do not see this, skip to step 6
6 Choose More settings
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7 Choose Uninstall
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8 Choose Uninstall again to confirm
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If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.


This allows us to a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.

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