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What is Samsung Secure Folder and how can you make the most of it?

David Imel / Android Authority

Samsung Secure Folder is an encrypted space on your smartphone to store files, images, videos, and apps for your eyes only. The service keeps all your sensitive files private, giving you peace of mind that other people won’t see these things while using your device.

Originally launched as part of Samsung Knox, Samsung Secure Folder comes pre-installed on many of Samsung’s modern smartphones. You can also find the app on the Play Store, compatible with any Samsung device running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher.

How to set up Samsung Secure Folder

Before you do anything else, you’ll need a Samsung account to set up and use Samsung Secure Folder. If you don’t already have one, you can create it here for free.

If you own a newer Samsung phone, Samsung Secure Folder should be pre-installed on your device. Open the app drawer, locate the app, and launch it. Then sign in with your Samsung account, choose the authentication method you want (fingerprint, PIN code, pattern), and you’re good to go.

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You may have to enable the service first by going to Settings > Lock screen and security > Secure Folder on some devices. Then sign in and choose the authentication method you want to use, and the Samsung Secure Folder icon will show up in the app drawer and on your home screen.

If the app doesn’t come pre-installed on your device, you’ll have to get it from the Play Store. Hit the button below, download Secure Folder, and then follow onscreen instructions to set it up. Remember, it’s only compatible with Samsung phones running Android Nougat or higher.

Download Samsung Secure Folder

How to add files and apps to Samsung Secure Folder

There’s more than one way to add files to Samsung Secure Folder. The easiest way is within the app. It’s incredibly straightforward, and here are the steps you’ll need to master:

  1. Launch the Samsung Secure Folder app.
  2. Tap the Add files option on top of the screen.
  3. Choose whether you want to add images, videos, documents, or audio.
  4. Select the files you want to add to Samsung Secure Folder and tap Done.
  5. Select whether you want to copy or move the files.

The second option is to move data to Secure Folder from within Samsung’s native apps — My Files, Gallery, Voice Recorder, and Contacts. It’s another simple method, and it works a bit as if you were using the app itself. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Launch one of Samsung’s native apps — My Files, Gallery, Voice Recorder, or Contacts.
  2. Choose the files you want to move to Secure Folder.
  3. Tap the More option on top — the icon with three vertical dots.
  4. Select the “Move to Secure Folder” option.
  5. Log in to the app to finish the process.

There are also a few different ways to add apps to Samsung’s service. You can add them just like you would add other files or images, which takes only seconds. Don’t forget that you can duplicate apps on Samsung devices, allowing you to log into two separate profiles simultaneously. Here’s what to do if you want to secure your apps:

  1. Open the Samsung Secure Folder app.
  2. Select the Add apps option.
  3. Select the apps from the list (or find them via the search box).
  4. Tap Add, and you’re good to go.

Alternatively, you can download the app from the Play Store or Samsung’s Galaxy Apps directly into Secure Folder. You can also add in apps from the app launcher: press and hold an app and select the “Add to Secure Folder” option.

How to back up and restore Samsung Secure Folder data

The backup and restore feature comes in handy if you switch to a new phone. It lets you upload all the files located in Samsung Secure Folder to the cloud and then download them to a different device. If you have auto-backup turned on, the phone will back up Secure Folder every 24 hours — when it’s charging and connected to a Wi-Fi network.

If you don’t have auto-backup turned on, here are the steps you’ll need instead:

  1. Open the settings menu on your device.
  2. Choose the Backup and restore option.
  3. Select Back up Secure Folder data or Restore.
  4. Select the data you want to back up or restore (photos, apps, documents, etc.).
  5. Tap Back up now or Restore now to finish the process.

To delete a backup you’ve made, go to Settings > Backup and restore > Delete Secure Folder backup data, select the backup you want to get rid of, and tap Delete.

How to hide Samsung Secure Folder on your device and change the icon

For an added safety measure, you can hide the Samsung Secure Folder app on your device. All you have to do is sign into the app, open the settings via the menu icon (three vertical dots), and turn off the Show Secure Folder option. After that, the app will leave the app drawer and your home screen, but it will stay on the device. Alternatively, you can also hide the app by dragging down the quick panel and tapping the Secure Folder icon.

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You can also customize the icon if you’re not happy with how it looks. Launch Samsung Secure Folder, tap the menu icon on top (three vertical dots), and select the “Customize icon” option. Then choose a new icon from the list and change the name of the app if you want. Keep in mind the new icon and name may not show up in the quick panel and the device’s settings, but you’ll see them in the app drawer and on your home screen.

At this point, we’ve covered just about all that Samsung Secure Folder can do. Hopefully, we’ve helped you secure your data because our phones are locked up like Fort Knox!



Secure Folder

In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

• Set up Secure Folder
• Access Secure Folder
• Add apps to Secure Folder
• Use Secure Folder
• Hide Secure Folder

Set up Secure Folder

1. From the home screen, swipe down from the Notification bar then select the Settings iconSettings icon

2. Scroll to and select Biometrics and security, then scroll to and select Secure Folder.

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3. Select Agree.

Note: If prompted, enter your Samsung account password then select OK. If you are already signed into a Samsung account on your device, select CONFIRM to verify that you would like to set up Secure Folder using the Samsung account listed.

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4. Select the desired folder lock type, then select Next.

Note: For this tutorial, Pattern was chosen.

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5. Enter the desired lock code, then select Continue. Enter the lock code again, then select Confirm.

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Access Secure Folder 

After completing the Secure folder set up, the Secure Folder app will appear in your Apps tray. When you access Secure folder, you will be prompted to enter your passcode. Select the Secure FolderSecure Folder app, then enter the passcode.

Note: To access the Apps tray, swipe up or down from the center of the home screen.

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Add apps to Secure Folder

Select the Add icon. Selectthe desired app(s), then select Add to add apps to the secure folder. 

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Use Secure Folder

Select the Menu iconMenu icon. Select the desired option:

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LOCK AND EXIT: Select Lock and exit.
ADD FILES: Select Add files. Select the desired file type> navigate to and select the desired file(s), then select Done.

Note: You can also add pictures from the gallery appGallery app. Select and hold the desired picture(s) > Menu icon > Move to Secure Folder. Pictures that have been moved to the Secure Folder are no longer visible in the regular Gallery. To view pictures that have been moved to the Secure Folder, select the secure folderSecure Folderapp gallery appGallery app.

Hide Secure Folder

From the Settings screen, select Biometrics and security > scroll to and select Secure Folder > enter your passcode > select the Show icon on Apps screen switch > Hide.

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Secure Folder

This update is available for Samsung Mobile with Android 7.0 and above.

Secure Folder leverages the defence-grade Samsung Knox security platform to create a private, encrypted space on your Samsung Galaxy phone. Apps and data moved to Secure Folder are sandboxed separately on the device and gain an additional layer of security and privacy.

Easier and more convenient
Store your private files and apps safely. It's easy to move apps and data by tapping "Move to Secure Folder" or by importing them via "Add files" from inside Secure Folder. Your personal apps and data will be separated and encrypted so that they are protected from malicious attacks.

More secure
Lock your Secure Folder with an additional PIN, pattern, password, or biometric lock, so that only you can access your private pictures, apps, and data.

Effectively manage data
Add or copy your apps and data into Secure Folder. You can use Secure Folder to store your private contacts, photos, and more in a separate account. This allows you to have two profiles on a device so you can manage your data more effectively.

※ Secure Folder will operate only on official software released by Samsung Electronics. Features or UX may vary depending on the device, OS version, etc.

※ Secure Folder is a service, based on Samsung account, that provides an independent, isolated environment within your mobile device. Applications and data moved or added to Secure Folder (e.g. photos, audio files, movie files, and documents), will not be accessible from outside Secure Folder, whether by USB or Wi-Fi Direct. If your mobile device detects any rooting or custom ROMs, Secure Folder will automatically lock-up in order to prevent unauthorised access, in which case you will no longer be able to access or use the contents within Secure Folder. Therefore, please make sure you back up any important applications or data elsewhere, such as on your personal computer, before moving them to Secure Folder. Samsung is not responsible for any data loss or inaccessibility.

Use Backup and Restore of the below path to store your customers' data more safely.
Secure Folder > Settings > Backup and restore > Back up Secure Folder data

[Required Permissions]
The following permissions are required for the app service.

- Phone: For the purpose of backing up and restoring the content in Secure Folder
- Calendar: For the purpose of providing the ‘Share calendar’ function
- Contact: For the purpose of using the registered account to set up Secure Folder
- Storage: For the purpose of backing up and restoring the content in Secure Folder or for the purpose of providing the data backup feature when adding or deleting files


Samsung Secure Folder

The Secure Folder is a useful feature on Samsung devices that allows you to keep apps and files out of sight. Here’s how to enable it and use it.

How the Secure Folder Works

Samsung’s Secure Folder is an app that allows you to hide a part of your phone. It uses Samsung’s Knox security platform to create a new home screen that is protected by a password or your device’s biometrics. Apps and files you place in the folder can’t be accessed unless you unlock your Secure Folder.

You can add an existing app on your phone to your Secure Folder to create a copy of the app. This app will not have any of your existing files, cache, and logins, so it’s essentially a new installation of the app. You can also add new apps from the Galaxy Store or Play Store to install them only in the Secure Folder.

Files in your Secure Folder can’t be opened without authentication, either. These files won’t appear in regular file explorers or your Gallery app. Only apps that are already in the Secure Folder can access your hidden files.

Enabling the Secure Folder on Your Device

Before you try enabling the Secure Folder on your device, check if your device is compatible first. The feature works with Samsung Galaxy Knox-enabled phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and above. These phones are compatible with the feature:

  • Galaxy S Series, starting from the S6 up to the S10
  • Galaxy Note Series, starting from the Note 8 up to the Note 10
  • Galaxy Fold
  • Galaxy A Series, including the A20, A50, A70, and A90
  • Galaxy Tab S Series, starting from the S3

Before you set up your Secure Folder, you first need a Samsung Account. Follow Samsung’s instructions for creating an account before proceeding.

On newer Galaxy phones, such as the S10 and the Note 10, the app will come pre-installed. Check your device’s app drawer to confirm if you have it installed. If your phone doesn’t have the Secure Folder app, you can download it on the Play Store or the Galaxy Store.

On your phone, go to the Settings app, and then select Biometrics and Security > Secure Folder. On some phones, the first menu may be “Lock Screen and Security” or just “Security.”

Sasmung Settings ScreenSasmung Biometrics and Security Screen

It will prompt you to log in to your Samsung account. If you haven’t already made one, make one now. Otherwise, log into your account.

Wait for the device to create your Secure Folder. This process may take up to a minute. Then, select a lock screen type for your Secure Folder. Depending on your device, you can choose a pattern, a PIN, or a password, and enable your device’s built-in fingerprint biometrics as well.

Sasmung Secure Folder Lock Type

Your Secure Folder will be available for you to use like any other Android app on your device. Look for the Secure Folder app shortcut on your phone’s home screen or in its app drawer.

Samsung Secure Folder Home Screen

After your Secure Folder is activated, it’s a good idea to take a look through the settings. You can access the settings by pressing the three-dotted button at the top right of the Secure Folder screen. From here, you can manage your secured apps and edit the lock type, auto-lock settings, account settings, and notifications. You can also customize the appearance and name of the Secure Folder icon in your app drawer.

Sasmung Secure Folder Settings Screen

Adding Apps to the Secure Folder

You can add apps to your Secure Folder, ensuring the secured version of the app can’t be launched without unlocking the folder. To do this, go to your Secure Folder and press the “Add Apps” button. From here, you can either add an app already on your phone or install a new app from Google’s Play Store or Samsung’s Galaxy Store.

Sasmung Secure Folder Add Apps

Adding an app that’s already on your phone essentially creates another copy of the app on your device with its own cache and stored files. If you duplicate a messaging app such as WhatsApp or Telegram, you can log in to a different account within your Secure Folder. These apps retain their history and cache even after you exit the Secure Folder.

This also applies to web browsing. For example, if you install Chrome in the Secure Folder, you can still retain the history, logins, and bookmarks saved in the secured app, unlike Incognito Mode.

If you add an app from the Galaxy Store or the Play Store, it becomes available only on your Secure Folder. It won’t create a copy in your primary list of apps. This is useful for apps you do not want to be visible on the home page or while scrolling through your drawer.

Moving Files to the Secure Folder

In addition to apps, you can also move certain files from your phone to the secure folder. This can be done in two ways.

The first way is to go to your My Files app or Gallery app in your app drawer. Select the desired files and folders using a long press. Then, press the three-dotted menu button at the top right and select “Move to Secure Folder.” You’ll be prompted to verify your identity using your lock screen again, and then they’ll be moved. To access these files, use the My Files or Gallery app within the Secure Folder.

Sasmung Secure Folder Add Files

You can also go to your Secure Folder and press the “Add Files” button. From here, you can select either My Files, or the Images, Video, Audio, or Documents explorer. You can then choose one or more of the files, and press “Done” at the bottom of the screen to move them into the Secure Folder.

Sasmung Secure Folder Add Files

Note that files downloaded within the Secure Folder, such as those from messaging apps or browsers, can only be accessed using apps in the folder.

You can move your files out of your Secure Folder in the same way. Go to My Files or Gallery in the Secure Folder, select the files, and press “Move out of Secure Folder.”


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How to set up Secure Folder

This section describes how to set up Secure Folder on your device.

Set up Secure Folder from the pre-installed icon

After you finish the initial setup, the Secure Folder icon appears on your Apps screen. The Secure Folder stub icon is displayed on the Apps screen or inside the Samsung Folder. If you turn off Secure Folder during the setup wizard, then the icon is not displayed.

To get started, click the Secure Folder icon.

Set up Secure Folder from device settings

On your device, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Settings > Lock screenand security > Secure Folder.
  2. Tap Start.
  3. Tap Sign in when asked for your Samsung Account.
  4. Fill in your Samsung account credentials. Tap Sign in.
  5. Select your lock type (pattern, pin or fingerprint) and tap Next.
  6. Secure Folder is now set up and is created on your device.

NOTE - To open Secure Folder, tap the Secure Folder icon created on your device apps screen.

Download from Google Play (or Galaxy Apps)

Secure Folder is preloaded on the Samsung S8 and onwards. For other devices running Android N, it can be downloaded from Google Play or Galaxy Apps.

Supported models include:

  • Galaxy S7, S7 Edge
  • Note 5
  • Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge plus
  • J5 Pro, J7 (2016)
  • A3(2016), A5(2016), A7(2016)
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