How To Set Up Secure Folder Galaxy Z Fold 4

Do you want to keep certain photos, videos, files or apps found on your Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 hidden from other people? You can do this by setting up and enabling the Secure Folder feature of your phone. You can then add a passcode or biometrics and security credentials to access Secure Folder which prevents others from accessing the data in it.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a premium Android smartphone that’s best known for its use of a foldable display form factor. When unfolded it transforms into a tablet allowing users to multitask between different apps with ease. Some of its best features include its use of a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, 4400 mAh battery, and has a storage of up to 1TB.

Using the Secure Folder on your Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Using the Secure Folder

The Secure Folder is a place in your Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 where you can store your potentially embarrassing photos, videos, files or even apps making sure that they remain hidden and secure from prying eyes. In order to use this you will need to set it up first.

Create a Secure Folder on Galaxy Z Flip 4

You will need to set up the Secure Folder of your Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 if this is the first time you will be using it.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Biometrics and security.
  • Tap Secure Folder.
  • You will need to sign into or create a Samsung Account. Tap Sign in, Continue or Agree.
  • Enter your Samsung Account details, then tap Sign in or OK
  • Tap Continue.
  • Choose the lock method you wish to use, then tap Next.
  • Enter the lock method, then choose Continue
  • Enter the lock method again, then choose Confirm.
  • A shortcut to the Secure Folder will be added to your Home and Apps screen.

Add files to Samsung Secure Folder app

After you have set up the Secure Folder of your phone you can start to add files to it.

  • Tap Secure Folder icon to open it.
  • Tap Add files or tap the three dots and tap Add files.
  • Choose the type of file that you want to add.
  • Select the files you want to add and tap Done.
  • Choose whether you want to copy or move the files.

Another way to add files to the Secure Folder is directly from where they are saved in your phone. You can only do this with apps made by Samsung such as the My Files, Gallery and Voice Recorder apps.

  • Open an official Samsung app such as Gallery
  • Select the files that you want to move.
  • Tap the options icon which is usually the three dots icon on the bottom right corner.
  • Tap Move to Secure Folder.

Move applications to the Secure Folder

You can move any desired app to the Secure Folder. This will create a copy of the app which you can log in using a different account. If you want to have the app only in your Secure Folder, then you will need to uninstall it from your apps screen.

  • Open your Secure Folder app.
  • Tap Add Apps or the + symbol.
  • Select the apps you want to add. You can also download apps directly into the Secure Folder by tapping Download from Play Store or Download from Galaxy Store.
  • Tap Add.

Access Secure Folder files

To access the files that you have moved to the secure folder just follow these steps.

  • Open your Secure Folder.
  • To access your images, tap Gallery.
  • To access your files, tap My Files then tap the location from which you moved the file. For example, if you moved a file from Downloads, tap Downloads.

Hide Secure Folder app from Home or Apps screen

You can hide the Secure Folder app so it does not appear on your phone screen. This adds another layer of security as other people won’t know that are using it.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Biometrics and security.
  • Tap Secure Folder.
  • Toggle Show icon on Apps screen.
  • Tap Hide to confirm.

To access Secure Folder after you have hidden it here’s what you need to do.

  • Open the Quick Panel settings by swiping down from the top screen with two fingers.
  • Swipe right and tap +.
  • Swipe right and drag and drop the Secure Folder onto the Quick Panel.
  • You can then tap the Secure Folder icon to hide or reveal the secure folder.

Removing the Secure Folder from your phone

If you want to disable secure folder and remove it from your phone then here’s what you should do.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Biometrics and security.
  • Tap Secure Folder.
  • Choose Menu or the three dots in the top right corner.
  • Tap More settings.
  • Tap Uninstall.
  • Tap Uninstall again to confirm.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the Secure Folder do?

    Secure Folder protects your data and apps from prying eyes. It basically makes your selected photos or video hidden. It can also hide apps that you have installed in your phone. If this is the first time you will be using this feature then you must set it up first. Don't worry as a setup wizard is available during this stage. Once you add files to secure folder it can only be accessed by using the security credentials set.

  2. How do I reset the lock code information on my secure folder?

    Open your Secure Folder.
    Enter what you think is the unlock code or pattern.
    If your code is incorrect, tap Forgot PIN.
    Tap Reset.
    Enter the password for your Samsung account.
    Choose another unlock code or pattern and tap Continue.

  3. Where is the secure folder located in my phone?

    The secure folder will always be located in your phone internal storage and not the sd card.

  4. What do when the Secure Folder is crashing, freezing, or if add apps is not working?

    You should try to delete the folder data and cache. Take note that data stored in the Secure Folder will be deleted.
    Go to Settings.
    Tap Apps.
    Tap on the search icon in the right corner of your screen.
    Search for Secure folder and open the app.
    Tap Storage.
    Tap Clear data.
    A warning message will be displayed. Tap OK.

  5. What do I do if I forgot my registered Samsung account?

    You will need to contact Samsung support to help you retrieve your account information.

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Chad Buenaflor

Chad has been in the tech industry since 2000. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is interested in the hardware and software side of technology. Initially working for a Japanese semiconductor company as a Test Engineer for nearly 10 years, he then pursued his passion for internet technology by working for the support team of Time Warner Cable then finally joining TheDroidGuy as one of their troubleshooting and tech writers. On his free time he plays his favorite games on his PC, Xbox Series X, and Android phone.

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