2 ways to lock Google Drive with Touch or Face ID on iPhone and iPad

Similar to locking Chrome’s incognito tabs with Face ID, you can password-protect the Google Drive app to protect your personal files and folders. In this article, let’s see how to lock and enable Face ID or Touch ID lock for Google Drive on iPhone or iPad.

Lock files and folders in Google Drive on iPhone and iPad

Sometimes you may need to give your iPhone to your friends or family to make a call or check something online. And while it’s easy to hide private photos and videos, files you’ve uploaded to your Google Drive app can still be accessed, putting your privacy at risk.

Fortunately, Google Drive has a built-in privacy feature that lets you lock it with Face ID or Touch ID. You can also lock the app using shortcuts. This will help you protect and hide your sensitive files and folders from unauthorized access. Keep reading.

Method 1 – Enable Face ID or Touch ID for Google Drive

Here’s how to enable the privacy screen in the Google Drive app on iOS and iPadOS:

1. Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Click on it hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner.

3. Choose Settings from the available options.

4. Here, click confidentiality Filter.

5. Enable the switch for confidentiality Filter.

6. Then click on Authentication Requirement and choose whether you want the app to lock immediately after closing, after 10 seconds, 1 minute, or 10 minutes.

This can delay app locking when switching between apps.

Note that the Privacy Screen feature does not protect or hide notifications from Drive, files shared with the Files app, and photos shared with the Photos app. You can also uninstall and reinstall the Drive app to access your cloud files – take note.

Method 2 – Lock the Drive app using a shortcut

In our previous guide to lock Messages on iPhone, we used the Shortcuts app to create an automation that automatically locks your iPhone when someone tries to open Messages. You can use the same automation to lock iPhone when Google Drive is open, as shown below:

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1. Open it Clock app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Go to Timer tab on the bottom menu.

3. Click on When the timer endsscroll down and select stop yourself I’m playing.

4. To hit Together top right.

Create automation

5. Now open Shortcuts device application.

6. Go to Automation and press + icon.

7. Click on Create Staff Automation.

8. Scroll down and select Application.

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