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(Pocket-lint) – Google allows users of the Google Photos app to hide their sensitive photos and videos in a folder protected by their device’s screen lock.

This Locked Folder is limited to Pixel device owners. However, Google plans to extend it to iOS users. It’s coming to iOS, specifically “early next year”. Locked Folder was first introduced for the Pixel 3 and later in June. Then, in September 2021, Google said it would hit all Android phones. fit the company Now use this time frame to include Google Photos users on iOS in 2022.

So here’s what you need to know about the locked folder.

How does a locked folder work?

Locked Google Photos folder is a password- or biometric-protected folder that allows you to hide sensitive and personal media.

Set up the locked folder

If a screen lock is not set up on your device, you will need to set up a screen lock.

  1. Open the latest version of the Google Photos app.
  2. Go to Library > Utilities > Locked Folder.
  3. Tap Set up locked folder.
  4. follow the instructions that are on the screen.
    • You will be asked to unlock your device.

Do you need to know how to set up or change the lock screen on your phone? Check out the Google support page here.

Move photos or videos to locked folder

You will be asked to set up the locked folder the first time you use it.

  1. Open the latest version of the Google Photos app.
  2. Select the photos and videos you want in the locked folder.
  3. At the top right, tap More > Move to Locked Folder.
  4. Click Transfer.

Need more information about the locked folder? Check out the Google support page here.

How to find the locked folder

Items you’ve moved to the locked folder can be found in the Google Photos Apps library under Utilities. To access the locked folder, you will need to unlock your device either through biometric verification such as your fingerprint or face scan, or by entering your PIN code.

What can’t you do with a locked folder?

To prevent your photos and videos from appearing in the locked folder, Google will not allow you to add, backup, edit, undo, or even share these items to an album or photo book. It also won’t appear on Google Smart Displays like the Nest Hub or via Chromecast.

Is there anything else you should know?

Google has a plan to roll out the locked Google Photos folder rolled into one Blog post Detection, which combines additional new security initiatives.

For example, Google announced that it will expand the VPN functionality in Google One to 10 new countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland). In addition, the Pixel Central Security Center, which debuted on the Pixel 6, will reach all Android phones, Google said. Security Hub basically provides a simplified view of the general security status of your device.

Written by Maggie Tillman. Originally) released in .