How the secure folder works
The Samsung Secure Folder is an application that allows you to hide a part of your phone. Uses Knox's security platform Samsung to create a new home screen protected by a password or your device biometrics. Access to applications and files that you place in this folder is not possible unless you unlock it.
You can add an existing application to your phone in the Safe Folder to make a copy of the application. This application will not have any of the existing files, its cache, so it is essentially a new installation of the application. You can also add new apps from the Galaxy Store or Play Store to install them only on Secure Folder.
Files in the secure folder cannot be opened without authentication. These files will not appear in regular file explorers or in the Gallery application. Only applications already in the Safe Folder have access to your hidden files.
Enable the secure folder on your device
Before attempting to enable Secure Folder on your device, make sure that your device is compatible. Works with phones with Samsung Galaxy Knox with Android 7.0 Nougat and newer version. The following phones are compatible with the feature:
- Galaxy S Series, starting from S6 to S10
- Galaxy Note Series, starting from Note 8 to Note10
- Galaxy fold
- Galaxy A Series, including the A20, A50, A70 and A90
- Galaxy Tab S Series, starting with the S3
On newer Galaxy phones, such as the S10 and Note 10, the app is pre-installed. Check the "drawer" of applications on your device to confirm if you have it installed. If your phone does not have the application Secure Folder, you can download it from Play Store or the Galaxy Store.
On your phone, open the Settings app, then select Biometrics and Security> Safe folder. On some phones, the first menu may be "Screen lock and security" or simply "Security".
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Wait for the device to create your secure folder. This process can take up to a minute. Then select a lock screen type for Secure Folder. Depending on your device, you can select a pattern, a PIN or a password, or also enable your device's built-in biometric fingerprints.
Your secure folder will be available for use like any other Android application on your device. Look for the application shortcut Secure Folder on the home screen of your phone or in the app drawer.
After activating your Safe Folder, it is a good idea to take a look at the settings. You can access the settings by pressing the three-dot button in the upper right corner of the screen Secure Folder. From there you can manage your secure applications and edit lock type, auto lock settings, account settings and notifications. You can also customize the look and feel of the icon Secure Folder.
Add applications to the secure folder
You can add applications to your Safe folder, ensuring that the secure version of the application cannot start without unlocking the folder. To do this, go to the safe folder and click the "Add Applications" button. You can either add an app that already exists on your phone or install a new app from the Google Play Store or Samsung Galaxy store.
Adding an application that is already on your phone essentially creates another copy of the application on your device with its own cache and saved files. If you copy a messaging application such as WhatsApp, you can sign in to a different account than the secure folder. These applications retain their history and cache even after you exit the secure folder.
This also applies to web browsing. For example, if you install Chrome in Secure Folder, you can keep the history, links, and bookmarks stored in the secure application as opposed to incognito mode.
If you add an app from the Galaxy Store or Play Store, it will only be available in your secure folder. It will not make a copy in the main list of your applications. This is useful for applications that you do not want to appear on your homepage or search.
Move files to the secure folder
In addition to applications, you can also move some files from your phone to a secure folder. This can be done in two ways.
The first way is to go to the My Files app or the Gallery app. Select the desired files and folders using a long press. Then press the menu button with the three dots at the top right and select "Move to safe folder".
You will be asked to verify your identity again using the lock screen and then they will be moved. To access these files, use the My Files or Gallery application in Secure Folder.
You can also go to the safe folder and click the "Add Files" button. So you can choose from either My Files or Image, Video, Audio and Document Explorer. You can then select one or more of the files and click "Finish" at the bottom of the screen to move them to the Secure folder.
You can move your files from the Secure Folder in the same way. In the "My Files" or "Gallery" section in Secure Folder, select the files and click "Move from Secure Folder".