How to Create a Locked Folder in Google Photos and Hide Your Pictures

How to Create a Locked Folder in Google Photos and Hide Your Pictures

Google Photos now allows users to password-protect sensitive photos on their phones. This is accomplished using a new function known as Locked Folder, which is currently only available on Pixel phones. Google, on the other hand, intends to make the capability available to all Android phones and even iOS devices in the future.

The Locked Folder feature in Google Photos creates a distinct folder for your private photos and hides them behind your phone’s lock screen password, pattern, or pin. You can also use biometric authentication, such as your fingerprint, to get around it.

How to create a Google Photos password-protected folder
You’ll need to make sure your phone has a screen lock before you can set up your Locked Folder. This might be a password, pin, or pattern on Android. Set one up if you haven’t already.

To get started, go to Library / Utilities / Locked Folder in Google Photos. By following the steps on the screen, you can create a password-protected folder.

All you have to do now is drag and drop your selected photos/videos into the folder. Users can accomplish this by opening Google Photos and selecting all of the photos and videos they want to move in bulk. Once they’re all selected, go to the More area on the top right and click ‘Move to Locked Folder.’

What is the location of your password-protected folder?
The files will no longer be viewable alongside your other pictures once you’ve added them to the protected folder. They won’t be seen in any other gallery app, either.

Pictures and videos added to the protected folder will not appear in an album or photobook, and will not be displayed on Google’s smart displays, such as the Nest Hub, as a safety safeguard.

To find the photos and movies you saved inside, go to Google Photos and look for the Locked Folder under the Utilities section.