Google is introducing a new feature to Google Photos that lets you hide specific pictures so they wonâ€™t show up in your photo feed or in other apps. The feature, called Locked Folder, will put whatever sensitive pictures youâ€™d rather not share behind a password.
In its I/O presentation, Google used the example of parents trying to keep a puppy purchase secret from their kids â€” though the feature should be useful for any sensitive images that you donâ€™t want to share with others. Itâ€™s easy to see how this feature could be useful: who hasnâ€™t handed their phone to someone to show off one or two pictures, then suddenly realized, â€śWow, I hope they donâ€™t scroll too far to the left or rightâ€ť? Locked Folder will help Photos users avoid that fear by keeping whatever sensitive pictures youâ€™ve got on the service out of your main photos feed.
With Locked Folder in @googlephotos, you can add photos to a passcode protected space and they wonâ€™t show up as you scroll through Photos or other apps on your phone. Locked Folder is launching first on Google Pixel, and more Android devices throughout the year. #GoogleIO pic.twitter.com/yGNoQ8vLdq
â€” Google (@Google) May 18, 2021
Google says the feature will launch first on Pixels but will be coming to more Android phones â€śthroughout the year.â€ť Similar features have been available through third-party apps already, and many Samsung users already have access to a Secure Folder feature included on some Galaxy phones.