Samsung’s Secure Folder is a separate encrypted area of the device’s storage that is protected by a password, PIN, pattern, or biometric authentication. After setting up a Secure Folder, the user can transfer files and apps to it and can only gain access through a chosen authentication method.
The Secure Folder feature can serve several purposes, such as enabling individuals to keep their confidential information isolated from the rest of their devices or safeguarding personal data for those who share their devices. In addition, it can be utilized for business-related objectives by providing employees with a secure means to store sensitive data and applications on their devices.
However, using Secure Folder can be confusing at first, especially when you want to move folders, media and other personal files to the encrypted space. In this guide, we’ll focus on how to move photos from the Gallery app to the Secure Folder.
Step 1: Open the gallery app
Open the gallery app and long-press on the photo or album that you’d like to move to the Secured folder.
Step 2: Click on settings
Now click on the three dots to access more options.
Step 3: Move to Secure Folder
Once the menu appears, select “Move to Secure Folder”.
That’s it, it’s that simple.
Difference between Secure folder and Multiple users
Samsung Secure Folder and Multiple Users are two different features that serve distinct purposes on Samsung devices.
Samsung Secure Folder, as we discussed, allows you to create a separate, secure space on your Samsung device where you can store and access files, apps, and other data that you want to keep separate from the rest of your device. Multiple Users, on the other hand, allows you to create separate user accounts on your Samsung device. Each user account has its own custom settings, preferences, and apps, and requires a separate login to access.
Below is a summary outlining the distinctions between the two features.
Samsung Secure Folder
- Creates a separate, secure space on your Samsung device to store and access files, apps, and data.
- Uses encryption technology to keep your data safe and secure.
- Requires a separate passcode or biometric authentication to access.
- Useful for keeping data private and secure on your user account.
- Provides a sandboxed environment, which means apps and data stored in the Secure Folder are isolated from the rest of the device, which can help prevent data leakage and malware attacks.
- Allows you to easily move files and apps to and from the Secure Folder, making it convenient to manage your private and public data.
- Provides the ability to backup and restore the Secure Folder data, which can help you easily transfer your private data between devices or restore it if you lose your device. Though you would need to sign in to your Samsung account inside Secure Folder to back up your data.
- Supports cloud storage, which allows you to store your Secure Folder data on cloud services like Samsung Cloud, Google Drive, or OneDrive.
- Comes pre-installed on many Samsung devices and is available for download on others.
- Allows you to create separate user accounts on your Samsung device.
- Each user account has its custom settings, preferences, and apps.
- Requires a separate login to access.
- Useful for sharing a device with others while keeping personal data and settings separate.
- Every user account has the option to be associated with an independent Google account, granting each user access to their personal Google services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive.
- Provides a guest account feature, which lets others use your device without giving them access to your data or settings.
- Is only available on Samsung tablets and requires you to have administrative access to create and manage user accounts.
Note: Samsung Galaxy smartphones don’t have the multiple users feature. However, this feature is available on stock Android and Samsung tablets.