Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus can protect your personal photos, applications and much more with the help of a secure folder Secure Folder. This secure folder is easy to use, can help you keep sensitive information safe. In this guide, you will learn how to use the secure folder on the Galaxy S8 and get the most out of it.
The Secure Folder on the Galaxy S8 uses the Knox security platform to encrypt data, so it’s impossible to restore access to stored information without scanning the iris, face, fingerprint and PIN or other method that you use to unlock your smartphone.
If you take or save personal photos / videos on the Galaxy S8, a good idea is to use a secure folder. It is also a safe place to store other sensitive information, such as bank statements, loan applications or tax returns, which you need to access on the go from time to time.
And while there are several applications and services for ensuring the security of files and photos from third parties, the Samsung safe folder located on the Galaxy S8 can do what others cannot: hide entire applications. You do not necessarily want your friend or family to be able to launch social applications, for example, a dating site or VKontakte, when they borrow your smartphone or leaf through the latest photos.
How to use Secure Folder folder on Galaxy S8?
- Open "Settings»(Gear in the notification panel);
- Choose “Lock Screen and Security";
- Scroll down and find "Secure Folder"(Secure Folder);
- Select and press the "Start";
- Log in or create Samsung account;
Add password, template or contact;
Then add a second level of security using a fingerprint or iris scanner.
Click Finish and a safe folder will be created.
Now users can open the application and click "Add Files" or manually move the contents to a protected folder. Then, as we mentioned above, you can select “Add Application” to hide the application or install it immediately in a protected folder. You can also have two social network accounts by hiding one of them in a private folder.
By default, you’ll see secondary camera and gallery apps that let you quickly take photos that are instantly hidden in a protected folder.
Configure Secure Folder
Next, you can customize the name and icon, mainly because the folder named “Secure Folder” looks very suspicious. If you want to pretend that you aren’t hiding anything, you should rename the folder. Call it "Rest", "Games" or otherwise.
In addition, Samsung allows you to delete this folder from the main screen, while maintaining access to it from the settings menu. You can also move the folder shortcut to the notification panel for quick access.
Next, we will move on to the settings inside the secure folder, in which we should click on the icon of three dots in the upper right corner. Go into the settings and set the options according to your needs, for added privacy.
And last, but not least, is backing up to the cloud service. If the function is enabled in the settings, all protected contents of the secure folder will be copied to the cloud storage of your Samsung account. You can restore files at any time in case of loss, theft or change of phone later.