Protect your files with Safe folder

You can hide files in your Safe folder and control access with a PIN.

This feature is available for Android 8.0 and up.

Set up your Safe folder
Important: If you forget your PIN or Pattern, you can't access your files.
  1. On your Android device, open the Files by Google app Files by Google.
  2. At the bottom, tap Browse Browse.
  3. Scroll to "Collections."
  4. Tap Safe folder.
  5. Tap either PIN or Pattern.
    • If PIN is selected:
      1. Enter your PIN.
      2. Tap Next.
      3. In the "Confirm PIN" screen, re-enter your PIN.
      4. Tap Next.
      5. In the "Remember your PIN" screen, tap Got it.
    • If Pattern is selected:
      1. Draw your pattern.
      2. Tap Next.
      3. In the “Confirm Pattern” screen, re-draw your pattern.
      4. Tap Next.
      5. In the “Remember your pattern” screen, tap Got it.

Move files to your Safe folder

  1. On your Android device, open the Files by Google app Files by Google.
  2. At the bottom, tap Browse Browse.
  3. Find the files you want to move to the Safe folder.
  4. If you're in grid view :
    1. To move files, touch and hold the files.
    2. At the top, tap More More and then Move to Safe folder.
  5. If you're in list view List:
    • To move one file:
      1. Tap More More and then Move to Safe folder.
    • To move multiple files:
      1. Tap More More and then Select.
      2. Next to each file you want to move, check the circle.
      3. At the top, tap More More and then Move to Safe folder.
  6. Enter the current PIN or Pattern that you set.
    • If PIN is set: In the "Confirm PIN" screen, enter your PIN.
    • If Pattern is set: In the “Draw pattern to move” screen, draw your pattern.

View files in your Safe folder

  1. On your Android device, open the Files by Google app Files by Google.
  2. At the bottom, tap Browse Browse.
  3. Scroll to "Collections."
  4. Tap Safe folder.
    To view your files:
    • If PIN is set: Enter your PIN, tap Next.
    • If Pattern is set: Draw your pattern.

Move files out of your Safe folder

  1. On your Android device, open the Files by Google app Files by Google.
  2. At the bottom, tap Browse Browse.
  3. Scroll to "Collections."
  4. Tap Safe folder.
  5. Enter your PIN.
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Find the files you want to move out of the folder.
    • If you are in grid view , press and hold the files you want to move.
      1. At the top, tap More More and then Move out of Safe folder.
    • If you are in list view List:
      • To move one file:
        1. Tap the down arrow Down arrow and then Move out of Safe folder.
      • To move multiple files:
        1. Tap the down arrow Down arrow and then Select.
        2. Next to each file you want to move, check the circle.
        3. At the top, tap More More and then Move out of Safe folder.
  8. The file will be moved back to it's original location.
    • If the original location isn't available, the folder will be recreated.

Note: Stay in Safe folder until the transfer is complete. If you close Safe folder or open another app before the transfer is complete, the operation will be cancelled and the file will stay in Safe folder.

Change your lock

Important: If you forget your PIN or Pattern, you can't access your files.

  1. On your Android device, open the Files by Google app Files by Google.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Select Safe folder and then Change lock.
  4. Enter the current PIN or Pattern that you set.
  5. In the “Choose a lock” screen, tap PIN or Pattern.
    • To set up a PIN:
      1. In the "Set a PIN" screen, enter the new PIN.
      2. Tap Next.
      3. In the "Confirm PIN" screen, re-enter the new PIN.
      4. Tap Next.
      5. In the "Remember your PIN" screen, tap Got it.
    • To set up a pattern:
      1. In the “Draw pattern” screen, draw a pattern.
      2. Tap Next.
      3. In the “Confirm pattern” screen, re-draw the pattern.
      4. Tap Next.
      5. In the "Remember your pattern" screen, tap Got it.

Reset your Safe folder

Important: When you reset your Safe folder, the files in this folder will be permanently lost.

  1. On your Android device, open the Files by Google app Files by Google.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Select Safe folder and thenReset your Safe folder.
  4. In the confirmation dialog, tap Reset.

Additional information

  • Installed apps can't be moved to the Safe folder.
  • Files in the Safe folder won't appear in search results or categories.
  • Files in the Safe folder can't be opened by any third party apps.
  • The "Share" and "Back up to Google Drive" options aren't available in the Safe folder.
  • Screenshots of the Safe folder can’t be taken.

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