Privacy is the uttermost requirement in today’s world, whether it is in professional or personal life. As gadgets are more prevalent than ever and the devices are being more capable of snapping qualities photos. We are using these features to get most of it we tend to snap photos as much as we like. Snapping photos is in one hand, whereas, storing those photos safely in on another. Many tech giants are rolling out various features where users could store their private photos more securely.
Recently, Google has come up with new features in Google Photos, where we can now hide our private sensitive images securely. Though Google has launched this feature initially on Pixel devices, however, all other Android phones will be equipped with this feature late this year. Google Photos will be providing a new folder – LOCKED FOLDER, where we can store photos that we do not want to share with anyone and keep private. The photos stored there are protected by the device screen lock passcode. Moreover, such hidden photos will be completely off the grid as those photos will not show up on Photo Grid, Memories, or to other apps that have access on the camera roll.
How to Set Up Google Photo Lock?
- Open Google Photos and Tap on Library Utilities and then select the Locked Folder option.
- Tap Set up Locked Folder.
- Now you have to give the passcode of your device- can be fingerprint or passkeys.
- On Pixel phones, you can save your Photos directly to a Locked Folder. For that, you need to open the Camera App and tap on Photo Gallery. Then press on Locked Folder
NB: If you keep the Locked Folder “ON” then all the snapped photos will be stored inside the Locked Folder. If you want to move photos from Photo Gallery to Locked Folder, select the photos you want to store then, on the more icon (which is generally on the top right corner) you can select the Move to Locked Folder option. You need to be aware that, if those photos were on the cloud then they will be deleted from the cloud too.
This feature has been rolled out for Pixel and on late of this year for Android devices only. Google has not spoken anything about the features regarding the iOS devices.