The Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Plus and Galaxy S9 come with different protection measures. But if you’re not a big fan of setting up password after password, or if you just don’t feel like locking your device all the time, you have the Private Mode on Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8.
It’s important to note the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Plus and Galaxy S9 has Private Mode called Secure Folder, so we’ll use this words interchangeably.
This feature will spare you from downloading and testing any other third-party app. You can activate and deactivate it just by ticking a box, anytime you want. And it has the benefit that it simply hides a particular folder or file on your smartphone. Only those who know the Pin code that you selected will be able to access it.
If you want to protect and hide photos, pictures or even videos, so that no one else will be able to see it, this is the way to go:
Enable Private Mode;
- Swipe down from the top of the screen, with two fingers;
- Tap on Private Mode;
- Select a PIN Code (the first time you choose it, every other time you will have to type it);
Add or remove files;
- Browse your way to the photo (or any other file you want to protect) and select it;
- Tap the Overflow menu button – right at the upper right corner;
- Select Move To Private;
Disable Private Mode (when you’re done);
- Swipe down with two fingers again;
- Tap the Private Mode icon;
- Wait for the device to go back to normal mode.
The principle is, as suggested, extremely simple and intuitive. The main idea of using the Private Mode is to separate an area of your Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Plus or Galaxy S9 that you can only access with a password. When you don’t have the password or you don’t know that there are hidden files in that Private Mode, you cannot even see the photos on the device.
This is one of the best and simplest ways to hide photographs and videos. They are invisible to anyone but you and it takes a password to access them. Naturally, you can store any of the supported file types in that secret folder, not just images.