How to Use Samsung Secure Folder on Galaxy S7

In this guide we’ll show users how to take advantage of Samsung’s Secure Folder feature on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. A brand new option that allows users to hide anything and everything on their smartphone. As long as you have the latest Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat update, give it a try today.

This first debuted on the Galaxy Note 7 last year, and is now one of many new options available to Galaxy S7 owners. With the secure folder keeping sensitive information safe on our smartphone is easier than ever before.

Read: How to Hide Photos, Files & Apps on Android

The idea behind the Secure Folder is simple. Owners can put essentially anything on their phone in this folder, and it’s locked away from prying eyes. A level of security often unavailable without downloading third party apps. If you need to hide photos, files, work documents or entire apps, this is the best way.

One of the best aspects of the Secure Folder, aside from hiding files or photos, is being able to install applications inside. Meaning you could have two Facebook or Gmail apps installed, separate from one another. The version installed to the Secure Folder is completely private, and unavailable without a password, PIN, or fingerprint. Additionally, everything can be backed up to the cloud in case of loss or theft. The video above will give you a better idea of what to expect.

Secure Folder is perfect for sensitive work documents or email addresses, or anything else for that matter. If you have something you want to keep private on your Galaxy, this is where it should be. Furthermore, it’s powered by Samsung KNOX, an enterprise-level security platform. Setup is easy, and using it is too. Here’s what you need to know.

Using Secure Folder on the Galaxy S7

All you need to do in order to take advantage of this is download the app, and start moving sensitive information. However, it’s only available on the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge if you’re running Android 7.0 Nougat, so keep that in mind.

Instructions

  1. Open Samsung’s “Galaxy Apps” Store
  2. Search for and install the “Secure Folder” app
  3. Login with your Samsung Account (or create one)
  4. Add a password, PIN, or fingerprint authorization
  5. Open the app and click “Move to Secure Folder”
  6. Users can also manually move files, photos or apps to it

While in use screenshots will save to a hidden location, and users can even take photos that won’t save to the traditional photo gallery. It’s extremely powerful.

In addition to all of that, Samsung added a slew of customization options. Something called a “Secure Folder” can look suspicious. As a result we can completely change the look, name and more to solve that problem.

Users can customize the name and icon of the app, or simply hide the folder in the Quick Panel in the notification pulldown bar. Meaning it can be something unassuming like “Games” or “Vacation” and look like a regular icon. Being able to completely rename or hide the Secure Folder is a nice touch.

Finally, Samsung added secure cloud-based backup options. If enabled, everything inside this folder will backup to your Samsung Account, and can be retrieved at any moment. Perfect for lost, stolen or broken devices. With the Galaxy Note 7 being completely recalled, this service is currently only available for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

That being said, expect it to launch on the upcoming Galaxy S8, and Samsung confirmed other devices will get support in the near future. So install the Samsung Secure Folder, move sensitive information over, and rest easy knowing it’s protected.