Google Photos ‘Locked Folder’ feature arrives on non-Pixel Android phones

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Google Photos has begun rolling out its Locked Folder feature to non-Pixel Android phones.

Initially launched exclusively on Pixel 3 and later models last May, the Locked Folder allows you to set aside photos and videos you want to be hidden from the rest of your photo albums (or your kids or nosy friends) in a secured space on your phone.

Google later promised that it is expanding the feature to non-Pixel Android phones and tablets later in the year. True enough, The Verge, Sammobile, and Engadget began spotting the feature on Samsung phones last week.

To start using the feature, launch your Google Photos app then go to “Library.” Click the “Utilities” section at the top then scroll down to “Locked Folder.”

The folder can only be accessed with a passcode or fingerprint. It is important to note, too, that your OS must be updated from around November 29 to have access to the feature.

Proving that it’s a safe spot even for your most sensitive content, Google designed the folder capable of preventing data from being uploaded to a cloud, seen in your Google Photos library, nor synced to a new device.

It is similar to Samsung’s Secured Folder, only that Samsung users can have the data in that folder backed up to cloud storage or transferred to a new device.

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