Files by Google releases ‘Safe folder’ feature for all smartphones after two months of development

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After two months of development Files by Google releases ‘Safe folder’ feature that can hide your files with a 4 digit PIN

Files by Google is a three in one tool app while taking very little storage on your device, Files does three things in one: 1. Free up space – Clean junk files and cache, boost your mobile phone or tablet as you clean up the phone memory, and optimize your smartphone performance. 2. Find files fast – Browse your storage and find everything fast without being an expert in file management. 3. Share files – Send pictures, share videos, transfer large files or app APKs. All of this with super fast speed with a rate up to 480 Mbps over an encrypted direct wifi network.

Two months back we reported that the company is working on the new feature known as Safe Folder that allows you to hide your files with a 4 digit PIN. Well, now after two months of development the Safe Folder feature is now released for all Beta Users. That means for using the new feature you just need to update your Files for Google app to the latest beta version on your Android Smartphone.

Files by Google Safe Folder Files by Google Safe Folder

The New “Safe Folder” button appears in the “Collections” section of the “Browse” tab. When you tap on the ‘Safe Folder’, you’ll be asked to set a 4-digit PIN. Once you set a PIN, it warns you that you can’t open the Safe Folder again if you forget the PIN. After setting up a PIN, you can move files by selecting one or more of them and then choosing the “Move to Safe folder” on the menu.

Under-the-hood, files are stored in a folder called.FilesByGoogle in the root directory of the external storage (located at /data/media/{user}). The contents of this folder are hidden from other applications thanks to a .nomedia file in the directory. The files themselves seem to be encrypted, so there’s indeed no way to recover them if you forget your PIN.

The Files by Google app is now reportedly used by over 150 million people globally after it launched in 2017 primarily as a management tool for low storage devices. Google renamed the app back in 2018, repositioning it as a jack-of-all-trades file and folder tool for Android.

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