How to use Galaxy Note10 Secure Folder

The Galaxy Note10 is an amazing piece of electronic device and it can do a lot of things for an average user. What many users don’t know though is that it also offers one of the most robust data security protection. If you have something to hide and that thing happens to be in digital form, use Galaxy Note10 Secure folder to keep it safe. This post will show you how to set up Secure Folder as well as hide it if that’s what you desired.

How to use Galaxy Note10 Secure Folder

The Galaxy Note10 is built with data security in mind but if you want to further level up, you can use Secure Folder. Based on the Knox platform that was built years ago for older Samsung Galaxy devices, Secure Folder provides a way for a user to create a private and encrypted portion in a Galaxy Note10 storage device that can keep important data.

With Secure Folder enabled, all files and apps stored in it can’t be accessed by apps outside. Data within Secure Folder are isolated from the rest of the system and can only be accessed using a Biometric authentication. If you are the type who prioritizes data security, then using Secure Folder is an added incentive.

How to set up and use Galaxy Note10 Secure Folder

Secure Folder app is set among the default apps in the Apps drawer. If you can’t find in the drawer, you’ll need to launch it using Quick Settings panel or status bar from the top. Follow the steps below on how to set up and use Secure Folder on your Galaxy Note10.


  1. Open the apps drawer or swipe from the top of the screen using two fingers.
  2. Find Secure Folder and tap it.
  3. If it’s the first time that you open Secure Folder, there will be a brief introduction for you. Then, you’ll be required to sign in with your Samsung account and set the lock type for Secure Folder. If you want, you can change the lock type at a later time by going under Settings > Biometrics and security > Secure Folder > Lock type.
  4. Once Secure Folder has been set up, open the app from the Apps drawer to begin using it. This should activate Secure Folder to allow you to add apps or files in the main Secure Folder screen.

How to hide Secure Folder from others

If some people borrow or use your Note device sometimes, it’s a good idea not to let them know that you’re using Secure Folder. You can hide Secure Folder to make it less conspicuous from prying eyes as well. In other words, there are two ways that you can do this. One is by removing the Secure Folder from the Apps drawer entirely. This is done by pulling the status bar from the top and turning off Secure Folder. The other way to allow Secure Folder blend in with other apps is by customizing it. This way of camouflaging the app works well especially if you have lots of many different app shortcuts. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the apps drawer or swipe from the top of the screen using two fingers.
  2. Find Secure Folder and tap it.
  3. Tap More options at the upper right (three dots).
  4. Select Customize.
  5. Under Customize, you can change the name of Secure Folder to something else. You can also change the shortcut icon to entirely different appearance.

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