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Google rolls out safe folder feature in Google Drive to let you protect private data with a PIN

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Google file started as a basic file cleaner app in 2017 but its popularity has seen it become the file manager in Google mobile services. Now it is all set to launch its safe folder feature.

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Google has launched Safe Folder for its Files by Google application, a new feature that will allow users to keep private files locked in a separate, password-locked folder in the app.

Users can store any kind of media or document in the safe folder which will be accessed by a 4 digit PIN.  Safe Folder will start rolling out in beta for Files by Google, and will soon be made available to more people in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, Google announced about how sharing files with your friends or family is so common now. While this can be beneficial, it comes with the risk that others may have access to your personal files, said Google in the blog post.

Where to find it?

The Safe Folder feature appears under the ‘Collection’ section of the Browse tab, and you can easily move files out of the folder. Google has said this feature will be available to all users in the coming weeks so don’t worry if you can’t see it. Well if you want to try this feature before others you can always find a beta apk file on the web and download it.

All the documents or media in the safe folder is only on your device. It doesn’t get stored in the cloud.

As per a report by Android Police, the files disappear from the gallery or other file browsers once transferred to Safe Folder. This could be a problem as if you clear app data or uninstall the Files app, you’ll lose access to the files as they won’t be reachable anywhere else. It is thus advised to move the files from the Safe Folder location before deleting the app.

Google says that since its launch, the Files by Google app has deleted over 1 trillion files of digital clutter, saved over 400 petabytes of space on people’s phones, and freed about 12GB of space every second.

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