Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Get the Previously Galaxy Note 7-Exclusive Secure Folder App


Samsung has for the last few years been heavily promoting KNOX, its military-grade mobile security software that allows users to use their Samsung Galaxy smartphones for both work and play. Out of its experience with KNOX, Samsung went ahead and created an application called Secure Folder that debuted in the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.

That the Galaxy Note 7 is now behind us (or is it?) doesn’t mean that some of the best features it had should also be forgotten or altogether abandoned. The upcoming Galaxy S8 is tipped to include an iris scanner becoming the second Samsung device to have the feature and the only one in the market now that the Note 7 is never coming back.

The Galaxy S8 is all in the future, however close that is. What of the present lineup of Samsung devices? The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung’s most recent high-profile devices in the absence of the Galaxy Note 7, are getting a feature that was only previously exclusive to the Note 7: Secure Folder.

How does it work?

“Secure Folder leverages the defense-grade Samsung Knox security platform to create a private, encrypted space on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Apps and data moved to Secure Folder are sandboxed separately on the device and gain an additional layer of security and privacy, thus further protecting them from malicious attacks. Furthermore, users must use an authentication method such as PIN, pattern, passcode or biometric verification such as fingerprint authentication to access and manage Secure Folder,” reads a statement from Samsung.

With Secure Folder, users can do things like create and use two WhatsApp accounts on one device.

Samsung’s latest Galaxy A (2017) smartphone series also has the application.

If you have a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge and are running Android Nougat already, right about now is the best time to check out Google’s own Galaxy Apps store and get it.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.