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Files by Google begins deploying Safe Folder protected by PIN code

Almost all of them probably have files on our smartphones or tablets that we wouldn’t want others to see if they went exploring on our device. There are apps you can download to protect certain selected files, but if you’re heavy with the Google ecosystem, you’ll be happy to know that they’re finally rolling out something like this. The Files by Google app has now made something called Safe Folder available to users, after a roller coaster ride during its beta testing phase.

Google officially announced that the Files by Google app now has a new feature that will protect selected files. They will be protected in the secure folder with a four digit pin that you should never forget. It warns you that you will not be able to recover the folder if you forget the PIN code, so be sure to keep it in a safe place as well. Each time you access the folder or add something to it, you will need to enter the PIN code.

If this is the first time you have enabled Secure Folder, you will be prompted to create a PIN and enter it twice. After that, it’s a snap. Just choose the file you want to protect by long pressing on it, tap the overflow menu and tap “Move to Safe Folder”. You will of course be asked to enter your PIN code each time. You can choose multiple items to save in the folder by pressing the other items while you are still in long press mode.

You will find the secure folder after other folders such as Downloads, Pictures, Videos, Audio, Documents and Applications. Even if the Files app is running in the background, you will still need to enter the PIN code each time you go to access your encrypted folder. Some files may take a long time to load when you want to view them, possibly due to encryption. It’s a small price to pay for the convenience of knowing your files are safe.

The feature has started rolling out to Files by Google users. The blog says it’s in beta, but some non-beta users are already seeing their own secure folders. It will expand to more users over the next few weeks.

Source: Android Community

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