Earlier this year, Google announced a new feature coming to Google Photos in the form of Locked Folders. This basically creates a folder where photos added to the folder will not show up publicly, so if there are any photos you want to keep private and don’t want anyone seeing them accidentally on your phone or on a smart display, this is where you keep them.
Locked Folders were initially an exclusive feature for Google’s Pixel phones, but the good news is that if you thought it was a good feature but didn’t own a Pixel handset, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Google has started to roll out the feature for non-Pixel handsets such as Samsung’s phones.
A report from SamMobile has revealed that the feature has started to roll out to Samsung devices so if you own a Samsung handset, you should be able to make use of the feature. If you don’t see it yet, don’t worry as it should eventually make its way to you. Keep in mind that there are some shortfalls of using Locked Folders.
For example, deleting Google Photos means that your photos will no longer be protected. Also, if you switch to a new device, that information will not move over, so you’ll have to set it up again.
Samsung phones already come with its own version of Locked Folders called Secure Folder. So if you’d rather not use Google Photos or Google’s services, that can be an alternative option.