Safe Folder Will Protect Your Private Google Files

the new feature was rolled out today

Last Updated on

In a bid to “make the internet more inclusive,” Google has introduced a new feature that will allow Files by Google users to “keep personal content [safer]”. The new feature is called Safe Folder and is a 4-digit PIN-encrypted folder which protects documents, audios, videos and images – perfect for keeping away prying eyes (and fingers).

According to Google, the new feature is predominantly aimed at people who share devices: “In many places around the world, sharing a personal device with spouses, siblings or children is often a cultural expectation, especially for women

“Sharing a device can be beneficial, but it comes with the risk that others might access your personal files.”

The new feature means that kids using your devices to play games or learn won’t be able to get at any of your important documents and edit, delete or even accidentally share them. The lock will be applied as soon as you leave the app, so even if it’s still running in the background, your files will be safe. Of course, this means you’ll be asked to re-enter your PIN every time you come back to the app, but that’s a small price to pay for added security. 

However, AndroidPolice did issue a slight warning when reporting on the new feature: “All these secured files disappear from any other file browser or gallery app, so beware when clearing app data in the Files app or uninstalling it. 

If you do that, you’ll lose access to those files because they’re not reachable from anywhere else. I tested this and found that they didn’t come back once Files was reinstalled and set up”.

You might like this

What's next for your iOS device?
Alternatively choose $100 Samsung credit or upgrade to Buds Pro for $30 extra
Available from January 30th
Upgraded optics, slimmer form factors, and much more

Share this article

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
PC guide

Independent, transparent, rigorous and authentic, our reviews are the most thorough and honest in PC gaming. Learn about our review process.

Leave a Comment