The Google Photos Locked Folder feature, which promises to keep sensitive images out of your main photo roll, is starting to roll out in non-Pixel phones. Android Police. Google said in September that the feature would be introduced to more Android phones “soon” and reportedly began appearing on some Samsung and OnePlus devices. Android Central. Older Pixel devices that didn’t actually have access to it are now getting it based on our tests.
This feature allows you to select specific images or videos and insert them into a folder enclosed with a passcode or biometrics, removing them from your main photo feed and keeping them away from the cloud. After being announced at Google’s I / O presentation in May, it was introduced in June on Google’s own phones (Pixel 3 and above).
Google used the example of parents in their presentation to hide pictures of newly bought dogs from their children. Definitely a valid case of use, although I suspect that most people will probably use it for less healthy images, causing “what if they swipe back too many images and look at my butt” Will be removed when showing people images from an unfiltered library. (Definitely a related concern.)
This feature should be available for Android 6 or later phones, and I was able to access it on Android 11 running on my Pixel 2 by going to Photos> Library> Utilities. Google also said that the feature will be available in the iOS version of Google Photos early next year.
If you have this feature and you want to use it, it is important to note that images stored in a locked folder will not be backed up to the cloud and if you uninstall Google Photos or your device If you clean them without moving them, they will be deleted. You can read more on Google’s Locked Folder support page.