Secure Folder is a useful feature on Samsung devices that allows you to keep applications and files invisible. Here’s how to activate it and use it.
How Safe Folders Work
Samsung’s secure folder is an application that allows you to hide parts of your cell phone. Use the Samsung Knox security platform to create a new home screen that is protected by the password or biometric data of your device. You cannot access the applications and files you place in a folder unless you unlock your Secure Folder.
You can add applications that are on your mobile device to your Secure Folder to make copies of the applications. This application will not have its existing files, cache and login, so it is basically a new installation of the application. You can also add new applications from the Galaxy Store or Play Store to install them only in the Secure Folder.
Files in your Secure Folder cannot be opened without authentication. These files will not appear in your normal file explorer or Gallery application. Only applications that are already in the secure folder can access their hidden files.
Activate a Safe Folder on Your Device
Before attempting to activate Safe Folder on your device, first verify that your device is compatible. This function works with phones that support Samsung Galaxy Knox with Android 7.0 Nougat and higher. This phone supports features:
Galaxy S series, from S6 to S10
Galaxy Note Series, starting from Note 8 to Note 10
Galaxy A series, which includes A20, A50, A70 and A90
Galaxy Tab S Series, from S3
Before setting up your Secure Folder, you first need a Samsung account. Follow Samsung’s instructions to create an account before continuing.
On newer Galaxy phones, such as the S10 and Note 10, the application will come preinstalled. Check the application drawer of your device to confirm that you have installed it. If your phone does not have the Secure Folder application, you can download it from the Play Store or Galaxy Store.
On your mobile device, open the Settings application, then select Biometrics and security> Secure folder. On some phones, the first menu may be “Screen lock and security” or simply “Security.”
This will ask you to log in to your Samsung account. If you haven’t done it yet, do it now. If not, log in to your account.
Wait for the device to create your Secure Folder. This process can take up to a minute. Then, select the type of lock screen for your Secure Folder. Depending on your device, you can choose a pattern, PIN or password, and activate the default fingerprint biometrics of your device.
Your Secure Folder will be available for you to use like other Android applications on your device. Find the shortcut of the Secure Folder application on the home screen of your phone or in your application drawer.
After activating your Secure Folder, it is a good idea to look around the settings. You can access the settings by pressing the three dot button in the upper right corner of the Secure Folder screen. From here, you can manage secure applications and edit key types, automatic lock settings, account settings and notifications. You can also customize the appearance and name of the Secure Folder icon in your application drawer.
Add Applications to the Safe Folder
You can add applications to your Secure Folder, ensuring that you cannot start a secure version of the application without opening the folder. To do this, open your Secure Folder and press the “Add application” button. From here, you can add applications that are already on your mobile device or install new applications from the Google Play Store or Samsung Galaxy Store.
Adding applications that are already on your phone basically makes copies of other applications on your device with its own cache and saved files. If you duplicate a messaging application like WhatsApp or Telegram, you can log in to another account in your Secure Folder. This application saves your history and cache even after leaving the secure folder.
This also applies to web search. For example, if you install Chrome in a secure folder, you can still save history, logins, and bookmarks stored in a secure application, unlike incognito mode.
If you add an application from the Galaxy Store or Play Store, the application is only available in your Secure Folder. You will not make a copy on your main list of applications. This is useful for applications that do not want to be seen on the home page or when scrolling through the drawer.
Moving Files to a Safe Folder
In addition to applications, you can also move certain 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 application or the Gallery application in your application drawer. Select the desired files and folders with the previous press. Then, press the three-dot menu button in the upper right corner and select “Move to safe folder.” You will be asked to verify your identity using your lock screen again, and then they will move. To access these files, use the My Files application or the Gallery in the secure folder.
You can also open the secure folder and press the “Add file” button. From here, you can choose My files or Image, Video, Audio or Document Explorer. You can then select one or more files and press “Finish” at the bottom of the screen to move them to the Secure Folder.
Note that only files downloaded in a secure folder, such as those in a messaging application or browser, can be accessed using the application in that folder.
You can move your files from your Secure Folder in the same way. Open My files or Gallery in a secure folder, select the file and press “Exit the safe folder”.