Google Photos is Android’s official gallery app, and it is pretty feature-rich. The app allows users to view, edit, and backup photos on the Cloud. In addition to that, Google recently updated the app with enhanced privacy options such as locked folders, the ability to hide photos, and more.
In this guide, TheGhanaTech.com will tell you all about using the locked folder to keep your personal photos and videos safe and away from prying eyes.
How the locked folder feature works in Google Photos
Google Photos’ locked folder password-protects your saved pictures and videos. It uses your device’s screen lock password to safeguard the saved items. The password can be your fingerprint or PIN, which is used on your screen lock.
Items in the locked folder will not be shown in the photo grid, memories, search, or albums, and they will not be accessible to other apps on your device that have access to your photos and videos. Here’s a step-by-step guide to create a locked folder
How to password-protect your photos and videos in Google Photos
- Open the Google Photos app on your smartphone.
- Click on the ‘Library’ option available at the bottom right corner of your screen.
- Click on the ‘Utilities’ section.
- Tap on the ‘Get started’ option available in the ‘Set up Locked Folder’ section.
- You will be routed to some locked folder guidelines. Tap on the ‘Set up’ button available in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Set your screen lock.
- Click on the ‘Move items’ button to add pictures or videos to your locked folder.
- You will be redirected to your smartphone’s gallery. Select the picture or video you want to hide and Click on ‘Move’. You can select multiple photos or videos at a single time.
- Click on ‘Move’ again to confirm the action.