Storing vital or sensitive files in Google Drive isn’t the safest way to protect your data, but if that’s the case, your iPhone and iPad can help keep everything Secure. In this guide, I’ll explain how to add a Face ID or Touch ID lock to the cloud storage’s mobile app.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, Google doesn’t offer advanced security options on its Drive app for Android or on the web. Enabling two-factor authentication on your Google account is The only option to keep people out of your cloud files.
- Launch the“Drive” app on your iPhone or iPad. Use Apple’s built-inSpotlight Search feature if you can’t find it on your home screen.
- Now, tap on the three-line hamburger menu icon.
- From the slide-over menu that appears, choose the “Settings” option.
- Tap on the “Privacy Screen” button located at the center of the Display.
- You can now read more about the Privacy Screen feature. If it’s something that you’d like to enable, toggle on the “Privacy Screen” option.
- Your iPhone or iPad will show a pop-up asking for you to allow the Google Drive app permission to access Face ID or Touch ID on your device. Choose the “OK” button to grant it.
The next time you close and launch the Google Drive app, you will see a screen asking you to authenticate using your face or your fingerprint to access the cloud storage application.
Now that the Privacy Screen setting is enabled, several new options to customize the feature further will become available.
By default, the Privacy Screen feature locks the Drive app immediately you lock your iPhone’s or iPad’s display or exit the app. If you want to set a time delay, tap on the option that corresponds to the “Delay” listing.
The available options are:“Immediately,” “After 10 Seconds,” “After 1 Minute,” or “After 10 Minutes.” Pick one of the options and then hit the Back arrow.
If you prefer to protect google drive files using a passcode instead offace ID or Touch ID, you can password protect google drive app on iPhone.
- Go to the “Privacy Screen” settings menu and then tap the blue “Open System Settings” link.
- You will be taken to Drive’s section of your iPhone’s or iPad’s Settings menu. Here, you can toggle off permission to use Face ID or Touch ID.
With the security setting disabled, the next time you start the Google Drive app, it will ask you to type in your device’s lock screen passcode.
And that covers everything about how to protect Google Drive app on iPhone and iPad using Face ID or touch ID. If you have any other questions, let us know in the comments section below.
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