Earlier this year, Google unveiled a new security/privacy feature for Google Photos in the form of Locked Folders. As the name implies, this creates a private folder that lets you hide photos and videos you deem as sensitive. However, the only downside is that the feature was only available for Pixel phones.
The good news is that if you’re not a Pixel phone owner and don’t plan on upgrading to a Pixel handset, you’ll be pleased to hear that Google has since said that the Locked Folder feature will soon be expanding to more devices running Android 6.0 or newer. How do you know if you’ve gotten the new feature?
According to Google, users who receive the new Locked Folder feature will get a notification on their devices that prompts them to set it up. Obviously this will require that you have Google Photos installed on your phone and that you have a device that’s running Android 6.0 or newer, otherwise you will not receive this notification.
Google does not mention when exactly the feature will be rolled out other than saying “soon”, so we guess we’ll just have to keep an eye out for it. It should also be pushed out in phases so if you don’t have it yet but someone else does, don’t worry too much about it.