Google has been letting Android users set up locked folders in the Photos app for quite some time, giving them the option to keep sensitive images and screenshots safe from prying eyes. Now, the tech giant has started rolling out an update for the app that allows users to back up their locked folders, so they can access files saved in them from any of their devices. In addition, users can now access and set up locked folders — a feature that started as a Pixel exclusive — from the Photos app on iOS and the web. That means users don’t even need an Android device to be able to enjoy the feature anymore. 

As a refresher, users can set up a locked folder by going into the Utilities section of the Photos app. They’ll then see “cards” for potentially more than one feature, where they can directly create a locked folder for any image they want to keep safe. After they’re done, they can choose whether to back up the folder or not. They can also easily add more images from their gallery by long pressing on one and then ticking the checkboxes that appear on their upper left corner. All images sent to locked folders will still be inaccessible anywhere else, and users can still only access them after confirming their identity using their device’s password or biometric authenticaiton.

A screenshot for Google Photos showing a page where you can choose whether to back up a locked folder.
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Google has also started rolling out a simplified settings page for the Photos app. When users click on their account icon and check the settings page, they’ll now see a new layout that makes it easier for them to find what they’re looking for by navigating the new privacy, backup, sharing and notifications sections. 

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