See what it is and how to use Samsung’s Safe Folder, the brand’s native feature to keep your data and apps safe
The Secure Box is an encrypted folder on your cell for storing files, media or applications and have privacy. The feature is native to many Samsung devices and Android 7 or higher is required . Here are some tips on how to use Safe Folder on a Samsung mobile phone .
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Keep your data safe using Samsung’s Secure Folder (Image: Press/Samsung)
Safe Folder is usually available in the Samsung app list. If you have a device that has the feature, you can look in your apps or manufacturer folder.
How to set up Secure Folder on Samsung
For starters, it’s important to know that you need to have a Samsung account. If you don’t have it yet, enter the site and create your account.
To configure the secure folder, follow the steps below:
- Open the settings menu on your Samsung;
- Tap “ Biometry and Security;”
- Select “Safe Folder”;
- Log in with your Samsung account;
- Follow the instructions and set a lock type for Safe Folder;
You need a Samsung account to start using Secure Folder (Image: Playback/Android)
Now that your Safe Folder has been created on Samsung, I’ll show you how to use it.
How to use Safe Folder
You can add files, media or use apps inside Safe Folder on your Samsung.
Move files or media
You can do this via the secure folder itself or by selecting the file. See how:
- Open the file location;
- Tap and hold on the file to select it;
- Tap on the 3 dots that appear below;
- Select “Move to Safe Folder”;
Move your files or media to Safe Folder (Image: Playback/Android)
Or, in the Secure Folder itself:
- Open the Safe Folder app and enter your password;
- Tap the 3 dots in the top corner;
- Select “Add files”;
- Choose the location and select the file you want to move to Safe Folder;
Attention: When copying a file to the Safe Folder, a new version will be created inside the Folder. If you move , the original file will be transferred to the Folder and only accessed there.
Move apps to Safe Folder
The use of apps in Samsung’s Safe Folder has some peculiarities. When you move an app into the Folder, it is not mirrored. A second application is installed inside the secure directory and needs to be reconfigured from scratch with login and passwords.
If you want, you can delete the application that was left out and just use the new one installed inside the Safe Folder.
It is important to point out that some apps may not work very well in Safe Folder, such as those that use credit cards – banks or Uber –, for example.
It is also possible to download applications directly from the Safe Folder. When you open it, just tap the plus icon and download the app from the Play Store.
Download apps directly into Safe Folder (Image: Press/Samsung)
Hide and customize Safe Folder
As an add-on to privacy and security, you can hide the Safe Folder app from your app screen on Samsung. To do this, open the Folder, tap on the three configuration points and select the “Settings” option. Just uncheck the option “Show icon on apps screen”.
To enter the Safe Folder if it is hidden, you can access it from the Android settings in the “Biometry and Security” menu and click on “Safe Folder”; It can also be accessed from the notifications panel: just swipe down and select the “Safe Folder” icon;
Another possibility is to customize the Safe Folder icon with a kind of “disguise”. When opening the app, tap the three dots again and choose the “Custom” option. You will be able to choose from some icons that are not related to security or privacy, such as a heart, a dog or a bicycle.
In this guide, I used a Samsung Galaxy S10 + with Android 11 to access the Safe Folder. The path may vary depending on the Android version or Samsung model, but it will be something close to that.