Google Photos ‘Locked Folder’ appears to be rolling out to more Android devices


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Way back in June, Google Pixel phones were the very first Android devices to gain the ability to secure images and videos behind an on-device passcode or biometrics. After confirming that more devices would get access soon, it appears that the Locked Folder feature in Google Photos is now arriving on non-Pixel Android devices.

As spotted by Android Police, the Lock Folder option is now starting to appear on more Android devices within Google Photos. We’ve seen the option on several devices from the likes of Oppo, OnePlus, and Samsung within the “Utilities” section of the Photos app. Some people are seeing a notification pop-up prompting them to setup the Locked Folder, but this isn’t the case with everyone.

For anyone wondering what this achieves, the Locked Folder section within Google Photos prevents any sensitive images or videos from being uploaded from your Android device to the cloud. Instead, all content is kept locally and is kept private by a passcode or by using biometric authentication.

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