Google Photos’ Locked Folder feature, which lets Android users save sensitive photos and videos in a password-protected folder is adding support for iOS and the web. Moreover, Google Photos users now have the option to back up their Locked Folder to the cloud.
Locked Folder first launched on Google Pixel devices two years ago, and it later became available on more Android devices. Photos and videos added to this Locked Folder don’t show up in other places in Google Photos (including search), and they’re also not visible from other apps. Apple has a similar “Hidden” folder on its Photos app for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.
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This Locked Folder feature can be quite useful to protect sensitive content captured with your camera. If you choose to enable the new cloud backup option for Locked Folder, Google emphasizes that all your content is still protected by the company’s advanced security infrastructure.
Lastly, Google announced today that it has redesigned the Settings page in Google Photos to make it easier to modify privacy, backup, sharing, notifications settings, and more. The redesigned Settings page for Google Photos is rolling out today on iOS and Android.