What Are Samsung Secure Folders and How to Create Them

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If you are using a Samsung phone, there is a Samsung Secure Folders feature that allows you to keep files privately. For example, there could be pictures from last Friday night’s party that you wouldn’t want anyone to see. If you keep them in your device’s gallery, there is a good chance they could fall into the wrong hands. To avoid anyone looking at the files, you can keep them in Samsung Secure Folders.

What Are Samsung Secure Folders?

A Samsung Secure Folder is an encrypted folder that is a component of the security platform Samsung Knox. These secure folders can save and hide files such as videos, images, sensitive files, contacts, etc. Content in these folders is protected from spiteful attacks.

These folders are pre-installed on devices such as the S9, S9+, and Note 9. But you can also use Secure Folders if your Android device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat or higher by downloading them from Google Play.

How to Open Samsung Secure Folders

To open a Secure Folder, go to Search on your device and type “secure folder.” (The option should appear after typing the first few letters.)

If the Secure Folder doesn’t show up on your Samsung device, you will need to enable it first. Go to Settings, followed by Lock screen and security. Select the Secure Folder option.

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You will see info on how secure folders keep your information safe. Just press the next option at the bottom-right until you get to the Start option (located at the bottom-right). You will need to log into your Samsung account to use the secure folder so you can reset it if ever needed. If you don’t have a Samsung account, you’ll need to create one.

A Secure Folder wouldn’t be secure without a security measure to protect your files. You can choose between a pin, pattern, or password. For example, let’s say you decide to add a pattern.

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You will be asked to enter the pattern twice before you also need to confirm your security pattern. To keep your Secure Folder even safer, it’s best that it doesn’t show up in your Apps screen. Once you’re in your secure folder, tap on the three dots at the top right and select Settings.

Secure Settings

Once you’re in Secure Folder settings, make sure that the option that says “Show Secure Folder” is toggled off. If it’s on, anyone you hand your phone over to will see it.

How to Add Files to a Samsung Secure Folder

Creating your folder was easy, but it’s time to add some files to it. To add images, select the Add Files option -> Images, then choose the image to move and whether you want to move or copy to the secure folder.

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If you change your mind and don’t want to move the file to the secure folder, you can use the Cancel option until the last minute. As you can see in the image above, there is also an option to add apps to your secure folder.


Samsung Secure Folders are a great way to keep your files safe from intruders. Be sure no one sees you enter your pattern or password, or the folder won’t be secure anymore. What are your thoughts on the Secure Folders?

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.

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