How to enable Google Drive Privacy Screen on iPhone and iPad

May 7, 2020

Google Drive allows iOS users to secure their files in the cloud with a Passcode. Now, a new feature rolled out by the company even lets them unlock the app through Face ID or Touch ID. The most recent update for the Google Drive app adds an exclusive feature that helps iOS users protect their sensitive files from prying eyes. Here’s a simple guide to help you set up Google Drive Privacy Screen on iPhone and iPad.

How to set up up Google Drive Privacy Screen on iPhone and iPad?

The feature when configured, authorizes Google Drive users to view and access files only after the app has verified their identity. To activate Google Drive Privacy Screen on your iOS device, follow these steps.

  1. Download the latest update from the Apple App Store.
  2. Launch Google Drive.
  3. Go to Settings.
  4. Select the Privacy screen option.
  5. Choose Enable Privacy Screen.
  6. Tap Ok to Allow Drive to use Face ID or Touch ID.

Please See, the Privacy Screen feature will be reactivated each time you close the app and choose to reopen it.

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How do I enable Face ID for Google Drive?

Launch the Google Drive app on your device. If you do not have the latest version of Google Drive installed on your iPhone or iPad, go to the App Store and install it.

Google Drive Settings View
Google Drive Settings View

Tap the menu and navigate to the ‘Settings’ option.

Privacy Screen
Privacy Screen

Under the Settings menu, choose the ‘Privacy Screen’ option.

Drive Privacy Screen Enabled
Drive Privacy Screen Enabled

Toggle the switch next to the Privacy screen heading to the 'On' position. Hereafter, access to the app will be restricted by face ID.

iPhone Settings
iPhone Settings

To authenticate the process go to iPhone Settings and locate the Drive option.

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Enable Face ID
Enable Face ID

Then, under the Drive screen, all Drive to access Face ID by sliding the toggle to On position.

Face ID for Drive
Face ID for Drive

When done, simply switch back to the Google Drive app and allow it to complete face identification to grant access to the app

Next, when prompted to allow the Drive to use Face Id or Touch ID, tap the OK button. Instantly, the Privacy Screen will be enabled and access to the app will be subjected to verification via Face ID and passcode.

If verified successfully as a bonafide user, the app will authorize you to view and access files. Here, you can also choose the delay time as per your preference from this screen (10 seconds, 1 minute, or 10 minutes) to make multitasking a little less bothersome.

Hope that makes sense!

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