You must have discovered, by now, that both Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus continue the trend of giving users as many security options as possible. It is true, many of them rely on setting up passwords. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – as long as you are not the type of user who constantly forgets passwords – but it can be a bit frustrating.
If, for instance, you set up a password for your lock screen, every time when you need to access the device, even for the most insignificant information, you will have to take the time and type the password. On top of all that, you will also have to make sure that the people around you don’t see you typing that password. So, for the most basic actions, this kind of protection is more like an unnecessary extra headache.
Would you like to ditch this password? Before you say you would, but you’re afraid that anyone could use your phone and access your private information, let us tell you two words: Private Mode. And here are two other words: Secure Folder.
Private Mode is one and the same with the Secure Folder. This feature of your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus also works with a password. But it answers your question from above – it doesn’t let others see your sensitive information. That’s because the password doesn’t lock or unlock access to the device, but rather hides or unhides your most important files.
To protect your photos or videos on Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus, you must:
- Enable the Private Mode;
- Set up your password, when you use it for the first time;
- Move the files that you want to protect in the Secure Folder;
- Disable the Private Mode.
This simple process describes everything we suggested above that you can do. The Private Mode can be enabled/disabled from its own icon displayed on the Quick Settings menu. As long as it is active, you can type in the PIN code, see the protected files and you can add other files to the hidden folder.
Once you deactivate it, the files are invisible in the sense that if you start navigating among the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus’ folders, you won’t find it. To find it, you need to reactivate the Private Mode and you need to know the PIN Code.
The Quick Settings menu is accessible by swiping from the top of the Home screen with two fingers. In the large window that will open up, you will see the Private Mode icon.
Adding files to the Secure Folder is an option that becomes available the moment you activate this feature. When you select a file, the overflow menu button from the upper right corner gives you access to the action labeled as “Move to Private”.
Now you know how to use the Private Mode and protect your photos on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus. Of course, many other files can be hidden in the same way.