The new feature was launched, and is available through Google’s Files app, and allows users to use 4-digit pins to store important documents, images, videos, and audio files locked in a folder.
Users will not be able to take screenshots and screen recordings, inside the folder. The folder is also locked automatically when a user switches to another app.
“As a security assurance, it will ask for your PIN again on reentry. Even people that don’t share devices can benefit from keeping the most important files safe,” Google said
“This feature will be initially available to more than 2 million users with the rollout gradually expanding to all of the Files’ users over the next few weeks,” Google added.
Files is a file management app that Google markets for its ability to save users’ smartphone storage by identifying duplicate or junk files.
Google launched the Files app in 2017 to help people who live in countries such as India, Nigeria, and Brazil and often run out of space on a daily basis.
The app is now being used by over 150 million people globally each month.
The Files app has freed about 12GB of space every second, equivalent to 5,000 photos per second.
The company said that the ‘Safe Folder’ feature will start rolling out in beta for Files by Google now and will gradually expand over the following weeks.
Files are available through Google Play Store for all phones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher. Meanwhile, Safe Folder will be available for Android 8.0 (Oreo) and above.