Manage Secure Folder on Samsung Galaxy S8

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Samsung's current leading mobile device, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ offers users several options for keeping their personal data safe and secure. Privacy is gaining more attention as technology advances at a seemingly exponential rate. If you store sensitive data on your phone and want to keep it safeguarded, Samsung's Secure Folder is an easy-to-use and reliable option.

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Whether you have private files or apps that you prefer to keep locked up and hidden, Secure Folder has got you covered. In the following VisiHow article, we'll walk through the steps in setting up and using Secure Folder on a Samsung Galaxy S8, running Android Nougat.

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** Please Note**

You'll need access to your Samsung account to use Secure Folder. Try signing in with your account credentials either on your phone's mobile browser or from a desktop or laptop computer. In the event you forget your pattern, pin, or password, you'll need these logins to reset.

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Set Secure Folders Lock Type

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    On the home screen, swipe up to access the device's app drawer.
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    From inside the app drawer, tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the main Settings screen, scroll down and tap, "Lock screen and security".
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    Here on THE LOCK SCREEN AND SECURITY PAGE, TAP "Secure Folder".
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    The next two screens give a basic overview of how Secure Folder works. Tap "START" when you're ready to proceed.
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    The next screen will display your Samsung account email address. If it is correct, tap "CONFIRM".
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    If the account info is wrong, change it by going back into settings, then the accounts section.
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    Once you've confirmed that your Samsung account is correct, it's time to choose the SECURE FOLDER LOCK TYPE. For this tutorial, we selected Pin, but you're free to choose whichever you prefer.
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    You also have the option to use biometrics (iris or fingerprint scanning) as your lock type. These methods also require that a pattern, pin, or password is set for the lock screen.
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    To set the SECURE FOLDER PIN, enter a numeric code and tap "Continue. Enter the same Pin again to confirm it, then tap "OK".
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Add Apps, Add Files and Edit Apps

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    Go to your app drawer and tap the "Secure Folder" icon.
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    You'll be prompted to enter your pattern, pin or password to continue. Further down in this guide we'll show how to change when you get asked to enter your lock credentials.
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    On the Secure Folder screen you'll notice some default apps and four icons at the top of the screen.
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    The first icon is a lock. Tap this at any time to lock the Secure Folder. You'll have to use your pattern, pin, or password to get back in.
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    The next icon at the top of Secure Folder is, "Add apps". Tap it to choose any applications that you want to be added to Secure Folder.
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    Select an app by tapping the circle next to, then tap "ADD" in the upper right corner. Once an application is added, you'll see it displayed in Secure Folder.
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    The next icon in Secure Folder is, "Add files". Tap it, then browse to a location within your device's internal storage.
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    Once you've selected a file or files, tap "DONE" in the top right corner. A pop-up will appear asking if you want to either copy or move the file.
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    You can also move files out of Secure folder once they've been added. First, tap "My Files" to gain access to your device's storage.
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    Browse to the file or files you wish to move out, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, followed by "Move out of Secure Folder".
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    Now those files will be accessible normally without having to enter a pattern, pin, or password.
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    The fourth icon in Secure Folder is, "Edit apps". Tap it for additional options.
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    Select an app, then choose either "Uninstall" or "Add shortcut to Home.
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Customize Secure Folder icon, Auto lock settings, and Show/Hide folder

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    While inside Secure Folder, tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner, then tap "Customize icon".
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    Here you can rename Secure Folder, as well as choose a different icon to represent it. Tap "APPLY" to finalize your changes.
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    To edit Secure Folder's Auto lock options, tap the three-dot menu in the top right, followed by "Settings".
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    On the SECURE FOLDER SETTINGS screen, tap "Auto lock Secure Folder". When the options pop-up appears, select a time interval.
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    Choosing "Immediately" will make you log in every time. Selecting "When phone restarts" will allow access without having to enter your pattern, pin, or password until the phone restarts.
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    While still on the SECURE FOLDER SETTINGS screen, toggle the switch next to "Show Secure Folder" to show or hide it.
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    If you hide Secure Folder, you have to go back to Settings > Lock screen and security > Secure Folder to make it visible again.
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  • Reset Secure Folder lock pattern, pin, or password

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      If you forget your pattern, pin, or password, tap "FORGOT PIN" on the sign in lock screen. A pop-up box will appear telling you to sign in to your Samsung account.
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      Tap "RESET" to continue.
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      Here on the Samsung ACCOUNT screen, login with your email and password, then tap "CONFIRM".
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      Once you're logged in, you have to create a new pattern, pin, or password. You'll be prompted to enter it twice to confirm.
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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