Back in June, Google Pixel phones were the first Android devices to have the ability to store photos and videos behind on-device passcodes or biometrics. After confirming that more devices will be available soon, it seems that the Locked Folder feature in Google Photos is now coming to non-Pixel Android devices.
As seen Android Police, Lock folder option is now starting to appear in Google Photos on more Android devices. We’ve looked at the options on the Oppo, OnePlus, and many of Samsung’s favorite devices in the “Utilities” section of the Photos app. Some people are seeing a notification popup prompting them to set up a locked folder, but this is not the case with everyone.
For anyone wondering what this means, the Locked Folder section inside Google Photos prevents any sensitive photos or videos from being uploaded to the cloud from your Android device. Instead, all content is kept locally and kept private via passcode or biometric verification.
It’s been a long time coming, and at least for now it’s limited to Google Pixel phones. Adding content to a locked folder will remove it from any cloud backup, while removing it from the offline section will restore it.
To check if you can access the Locked Folder option on your Android device, go to the “Library” tab> “Utilities” (in the top right corner)> “Lock Folder” (near the bottom). Can be accessed.
One of the great bonuses of Locked Folders that many have not mentioned is that screenshots and screen recordings are blocked by default when attempts are made to block security measures when enabled. Let us know in the comments section below if you now have the option on your Android smartphone.
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