This post will walk you through setting up and utilizing the Android 13 Safe folder on the newest Google Pixel smartphone. Here’s a quick guide to set up a safe folder on Google Pixel 7.
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As the name suggests, the Safe folder is designed to hide and lock sensitive files on your Google smartphone. All files that are stored in this folder are deemed super safe as they cannot be accessed without entering the correct unlock PIN or pattern.
By default, the Safe folder is disabled on the Google Pixel 7. This denotes the need for you to set it up beforehand. In case you need some input on how to get this done, just follow these steps.
- First, open the Files manager app by tapping on the Files icon from the Apps tray.
To access the Apps tray, simply swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen.
- While in the Files app main screen, tap on the Browse tab then navigate to the Collections section.
There you will see two main icons namely Favorites and Safe folder.
- Tap the Safe folder icon to proceed.
On the succeeding window, choose your preferred lock method.
- Available options may vary depending on the existing lock methods set up on the phone. Simply tap to mark your selection and then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions.
For augmented protection, use a Safe folder lock that's different from the screen lock method you've set on the phone.
- Google Pixel 7
After setting up the Safe folder, you are already set to move any files you want to keep protected by a lock to this folder.
Moving Sensitive Data to Safe Folder
If you have saved some more sensitive data in your device, you can move them to your Safe folder.
To move files to your safe folder, just launch the Files app and then tap Browse at the bottom.
Locate the files that you want to move to the Safe folder. Once you find them, touch and hold the files and then tap the three dots on the top-edge. Select Move to Safe folder from the given option.
If prompted, enter the correct PIN or pattern that you’ve set to access your Safe folder.
The selected files will then be moved to your Safe folder and removed from the current (source) folder/directory.
To move other files from a different directory to your Safe folder, just repeat the same steps to get to the Files app menu and then locate the source directory that contains the next files that you will move to your Safe folder.
How Safe Are Your Files in a Safe Folder?
You cannot screenshot contents inside the Safe Folder. Files that are stored in the Safe folder will not appear in search results or categories on your devices. You also cannot use any third-party apps to view or open files in the Safe folder. Even the options to Share and Back up to Google Drive are not available in the Safe folder menu.
In order to view and access files stored in your Safe folder, you will need to enter the Safe folder pattern or PIN to unlock the folder.
To do this, simply open the Files app then tap Browse. Navigate to the Collections section and then tap the Safe folder icon. By then, you will be asked to enter your PIN or draw your pattern to unlock the folder and view all its content.
And that’s how to set up and use the inbuilt Safe folder on the Google Pixel 7 smartphone.