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Set up Secure Folder Back up Secure Folder Restore Secure Folder Backup Lock manually Add Apps Customize Notification Content Show/Hide Secure Folder on Home screen Lock Secure Folder automatically Uninstall Secure Folder

Set up Secure Folder

The "Secure Folder" is a password protected area that has its own secure area on the local storage, where you can store sensitive apps or files that can only be opened with a password. The "Secure Folder" feature is pre-installed on Samsung devices with One UI and only needs to be activated, which requires a Samsung account.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Secure Folder
Step 4:  Choose desired  lock type
Step 5:  Tap on  Next
Step 6:  Set up you  PIN / Password / Pattern
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Secure Folder
  4. Choose desired lock type
  5. Tap on Next
  6. Set up you PIN/Password/Pattern

Back up Secure Folder

A normal backup of the Samsung device does not include the Safe Folder, so a separate backup is required to ensure that the data from the Safe Folder is also backed up.

To create a backup of the safe folder you need a Samsung account, because the backup is backed up in the Samsung cloud.

Automatic Backup

It is also possible to have a backup of the secure folder created automatically, but only if the Samsung device has been connected to the WLAN for at least one hour and is charging (with the screen off). If the conditions are met, a backup is created automatically every 24 hours.

Note: Files larger than 1GB are not backed up.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Secure Folder
Step 4:  Tap on  Backup and restore
Step 5:  Tap on  Back up Secure Folder data
Step 6:  Tap on  Back up
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Secure Folder
  4. Tap on Backup and restore
  5. Tap on Back up Secure Folder data
  6. Tap on Back up

Restore Secure Folder Backup

If a backup was made from the safe folder, it can also be restored via the cloud, provided the Samsung has an Internet connection.

It is up to the user to decide which data to restore, so there is no need to upload the entire backup to the Samsung device.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Secure Folder
Step 4:  Tap on  Backup and restore
Step 5:  Tap on  Restore
Step 6:  Tap on  Secure Folder
Step 7:  Choose desired  Backup
Step 8:  Tap on  Restore
Step 9:  Confirm with  Install
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Secure Folder
  4. Tap on Backup and restore
  5. Tap on Restore
  6. Tap on Secure Folder
  7. Choose desired Backup
  8. Tap on Restore
  9. Confirm with Install

Lock manually

Depending on the setting, the "Secure Folder" will not be locked until, for example, a timer has expired or the Samsung device has been restarted. The "Secure Folder" can also be locked manually using the menu in the folder.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Secure Folder
Step 2:  Open the  menu
Step 3:  Tap on  Lock and exit
  1. Open the Secure Folder
  2. Open the menu
  3. Tap on Lock and exit

Add Apps

In the Samsung secure folder you can add already installed apps or download new ones from the Play Store or Galaxy Store. apps that are installed directly into the secure folder are invisible in the system. means they are not listed in the app list in the settings. for apps that already exist on the Samsung device, a copy of the installation state is created and copied into the "secure folder". so it is a new installation.The installed apps can only be started if the password, PIN or pattern for the "Secure Folder" has been entered.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Secure Folder
Step 2:  Tap on  Add apps
Step 3:  Select desired  Apps
Step 4:  Tap on  Add
  1. Open the Secure Folder
  2. Tap on Add apps
  3. Select desired Apps
  4. Tap on Add

Customize

The Secure Folder can be customized on the Samsung device in terms of name and app icon. In addition to predefined icons, you can also use the initial letter of the name. Unfortunately, you cannot use your own icons.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Secure Folder
Step 2:  Open the  menu
Step 3:  Tap on  Customise
Step 4:  Choose desired  App icon  and/or enter new  App name
Step 5:  Confirm with  Apply
  1. Open the Secure Folder
  2. Open the menu
  3. Tap on Customise
  4. Choose desired App icon and/or enter new App name
  5. Confirm with Apply

Notification Content

notifications sent by apps from the safe folder do not have content. the notification content is hidden by default, even on the lock screen. in the safe folder settings, the content can be enabled, so notifications are displayed with content as usual.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Secure Folder
Step 4:  Tap on  Notifications and data
Step 5:  Enable or disable  Show content
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Secure Folder
  4. Tap on Notifications and data
  5. Enable or disable Show content

Show/Hide Secure Folder on Home screen

the "secure folder" can be hidden/hidden on the start screen as well as on the app screen. while the folder is hidden, it can't be opened either. the only way to make it visible again is via the usual settings themselves. to make a change, the password/PIN/pattern for the "secure folder" must be present.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Secure Folder
Step 4:  Enable or disable  Show icon on Apps screen
Step 5:  Confirm with  Hide
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Secure Folder
  4. Enable or disable Show icon on Apps screen
  5. Confirm with Hide

Lock Secure Folder automatically

By default, the "Secure Folder" is automatically locked on Samsung devices once the display is turned off, but it can also be locked immediately, on restart or at a certain time.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Secure Folder
Step 4:  Tap on  Auto lock Secure Folder
Step 5:  Choose desired  Option
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Secure Folder
  4. Tap on Auto lock Secure Folder
  5. Choose desired Option

Uninstall Secure Folder

The "Secure Folder" on the Samsung device cannot be simply deleted, but must be deactivated or uninstalled via the settings. This will delete all content such as apps, photos, contacts, documents or files. After uninstalling, the "Secure Folder" can be recreated.

Android 10 (One UI 2.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Biometrics and security
Step 3:  Tap on  Secure Folder
Step 4:  Tap on  More settings
Step 5:  Tap on  Uninstall
Step 6:  Confirm with  Uninstall
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Biometrics and security
  3. Tap on Secure Folder
  4. Tap on More settings
  5. Tap on Uninstall
  6. Confirm with Uninstall

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