Now You Can Store Private Images in a Locked Google Photos Folder on Any Android Phone

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Now You Can Store Private Images in a Locked Google Photos Folder on Any Android Phone
A photo of a OnePlus 9 with the Locked Folder
The Google Photos Locked Folder is now arriving to non-Pixel devices.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

Over the summer, Google introduced the ability for Pixel users to effectively “lock away” photos in a vault to keep them hidden from prying eyes. The featured is called—what else?—Locked Folder, and anything stored there is protected by the device’s lock screen passcode. Locked photos won’t show up in the Photos grid, memories, or other apps with access to the camera roll.

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Google just started pushing out the feature to more non-Pixel devices, including Samsung and OnePlus smartphones. You might even see a prompt pop up in the notification shade. I ran into an alert earlier this week on my OnePlus 9, which seems to indicate it’s actively rolling out right now.

You can check to see if you have the Locked Folder by heading into Google Photos, tapping on Library, and selecting Utilities. You might have to scroll through a few prompts, but you should see a card for setting up the Locked Folder on your device.

Note that Locked Folder items are not backed up to the cloud, so anything you place in there will live and die with the physical device. If you delete Google Photos in the interim, it will wipe away those files.