Google is launching a more secure place for your photos

Keeping the photos and videos stored on your Android smartphone away from prying eyes is about to get a whole lot easier as the new Locked Folder feature in Google Photos is now rolling out to even more devices.

Google’s own Pixel phones were the first devices to get access to this feature and now almost six months later, it’s finally becoming available to smartphones from other device manufacturers including Samsung, OPPO and OnePlus.

While Google Photos acts as a cloud storage service for your photos, it’s worth noting that pictures moved to a Locked Folder will no longer be backed up to the cloud and will only be available on your smartphone. At the same time, if you uninstall Google Photos or clear its app data, all of the items inside your Locked Folder will also be deleted.

For this reason, you should back up these photos online using one of the best photo cloud storage services for safekeeping before getting started with Google Photos’ Locked Folder feature.

Hiding sensitive photos and videos

According to a support document from Google, to configure the Locked Folder feature in Google Photos, you’ll first need to open the app and go to Library > Utilities > Locked Folder.

From here, just follow the on-screen instructions to unlock your device though if you don’t have a screen lock set up for your smartphone, you’ll need to do that first before using Locked Folder. Once the Locked Folder feature is ready, you can select the photos and videos you want to secure, tap on the three dot menu and select Move to Locked Folder to hide these items from the main Google Photos library.

If you own one of Google’s Pixel phones, you can save photos directly from Pixel camera to Locked Folder to have them hidden automatically.

Up until now, Android users had to rely on third-party apps to hide photos and videos stored on their devices but with Locked Folder now rolling out to non-Pixel phones, you’ll be able to secure all of your photos and videos directly in Google Photos.

We’ve also rounded up the best cloud storage, best photo cloud storage and best cloud backup services

Via Android Central

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