In addition to the astrophotography timeline, the key addition from June is the Pixel Feature Drop Google Photos Locked Folder which was first announced at I / O. It is now starting to roll out via an update on the server side.
When you’re live on your device, you’ll receive a “Configure Locked Folder” alert from the Google Photos app. Tapping will start the setup process with the company providing an overview of what the capability does:
- Hide objects from image grids, searches, and apps that access your device images
- Open with the screen lock on the device
- The items are not backed up or shared
After confirming with your unlocking method (fingerprint, PIN, etc.), you have access to the locked folder, which can be accessed at any time from the “Library”
You get a grid view of the media, while a button at the top right allows you to “Move items” to the locked folder. This is done through a standard reverse chronological camera roll view with a search box above. When uploading existing images, Google warns how “Items in locked folder can not be backed up or shared.” If you have already uploaded to Google Photos, it will be deleted in the cloud and exist only as a local copy.
Other security features mean you can’t take screenshots while in safe space, while the only two actions you can do with stored content are “Move them out of Locked Folder” or “Delete Permanently.” The company also notes how “People you have shared the device screen lock with can unlock a locked folder.”
In the meantime, you can save new photos and videos directly in the locked folder from the Google Camera app. After updating to version 8.2.400 of the app, which still rolls out via the Play Store, and at the same time as the Photos notification, you will see a circular icon at the top right of the viewfinder.
Tapping asks if you want to “Save in” Photo Gallery (default storage) or Locked folder (Storage using screen lock on device). The former has a gray and white icon, while the latter is a purple lock icon that is quite prominent and reminds you that you are in mode.
The Google Photos Locked Folder for Pixel phones is just starting to roll out after being announced on Monday. Make sure you have installed the Google Camera app and the latest version of Photos (5.45).
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