Samsung's Secure Folder now available from the Google Play Store



Earlier this month, Samsung eliminated its My Knox security platform from its Galaxy handsets. This was a "sandbox" that allowed users to use the same phone for work and play. At the office, Knox would provide secure apps to use. At home, the work apps would be locked down which prevented the kids or anyone else from accidentally accessing apps related to work. Even though Knox will not be found on new Samsung handsets, those already using the feature can continue to do so until the end-of-service date, which has not yet been announced.

Samsung has suggested that instead of My Knox, users switch to its Secure Folders instead. This app creates a private, encrypted space on your Samsung Galaxy phone. Originally offered on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Secure Folder used to be available from the Galaxy App Store only. However, in order to make things a little easier for its customers, Samsung now allows Secure Folder to be installed from the Google Play Store.

Similar to Knox, Secure Folder uses the concept of a sandbox to separate work apps from play apps to provide users with an extra layer of protection. Apps and Data can quickly be protected by tapping on "Move to Secure Folder." Files can be imported by tapping on "Add Files" from inside the app. And Secure Folder locks with a choice of options such as a biometric lock, a pattern, a PIN or a password.

Now that it is in the Google Play Store, updates to the app are easier to find and install. Just keep one thing in mind. Despite the inclusion of Secure Folder to the Play Store, the app is still limited to compatible Samsung Galaxy handsets. To install the app on such a device, click on the sourcelink.


source: GooglePlayStore via AndroidAuthority

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20 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30974; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It needs to be available in the app store. Apple needs a version of this so bad. Hiding pics in one spot, but they still show up in the camera roll, just doesn't cut it. Another feature Apple should've copied from Samsung, instead of just these. https://youtu.be/SLgvWfZrFrQ

13. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Not only Apple but other Android phones needs something like it too without root. Only similar app I know of is Island(I maybe mistaken here) but that app is in its experimental stage and might put phone at risk.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30974; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love the feature, it's something I use so much.

2. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What I only hate about the secret folder, is the fact that I can't move apps, it will only install duplicates of apps instead of moving and hiding the ones I already have. Why not give us both options?

3. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Just move it, then uninstall the original.

4. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Can Knox be now uninstalled?

5. boriqua2000

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

It says that my Note Edge isn't compatible... Why samsung, why??

15. westicktogether

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

lol dude we get it, but please STFU

6. boriqua2000

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

It says that my Note Edge isn't compatible... Why samsung, why??

7. boriqua2000

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

It says that my Note Edge isn't compatible... Why samsung, why??

8. boriqua2000

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

It says that my Note Edge isn't compatible... Why samsung, why??

9. boriqua2000

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

It says that my Note Edge isn't compatible... Why samsung, why??

10. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

@ boriqua2000 Stop whining my friend. My Knox is working with your Note Edge. And it will work even with updates. And it's not worse! The Folder is just not right for your OS version. P.S. Or you are just bashing?:)

12. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

To #10, maybe the problem in his internet connection made him post multiple times. Happened with me too in the past.

19. boriqua2000

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I only posted once. I don't know why it showed the same messages multiple times

11. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

To #9, It can be because of tripped knox. Even unrooting back won't help. But there are tricks in Xda to make things work. I don't know if Magisk can help. And what Android version you have? Maybe supported for later Android versions only.

14. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Won't bother downloading it now, I'll just wait till I get my Note 8. Really looking forward to using this feature! I never used Knox for my S6 edge+, but will be using secure folder on the Note 8 as I have a few financial apps on my phone at present. So glad Samsung had this security sandbox for a number of years, even though I haven't used it! Security is paramount in this day and age!

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Secure Folder has been serving me right so far. Really handy.

17. redmd

Posts: 1927; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I want this in the Appstore

20. nikhil23

Posts: 438; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

yeah it should be in app store and whoever tries to download it, should get a message "Not a valid Samsung device"

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