In its latest update to Google Drive for iPhone and iPad, Google has added a new Privacy Screen feature that lets users enable Face ID or passcode authentication whenever the app is opened on their device, irrespective of the system's global security settings.

google drive privacy screen
Similar features have been added to other third-party iOS apps containing particularly sensitive content, like password managers for instance. The idea is that even if you leave your device unlocked, anyone who tries to launch the Google Drive app still has to get past Face ID or Touch ID to gain access to your storage cloud-based files.

Google Drive includes options to activate Privacy Screen immediately whenever the app is opened or returned to upon switching to another app, or to delay the request for 10, seconds, one minute, or 10 minutes, depending on your threat model.

You can enable the feature in the app by tapping the hamburger icon in the top left corner of the screen and selecting Privacy Screen. Toggle the switch and the Delay options are revealed.

As noted by The Verge, Privacy Screen has limitations. On the settings screen, Google warns that it might not protect your Drive notifications, "certain" Siri functionality, files shared with the Files app, photos shared with the Photos app, and "other system functionality."

Google actually began talking about rolling out the feature back in April, but its implementation appears to have been delayed, and it's only just appeared in the latest update's release notes.

The Google Drive app for ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ can be downloaded for free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

BvizioN Avatar
12 months ago
This is what photos app should have. Plus other apps too. It should be an option for all apps to use Face ID.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justperry Avatar
12 months ago

No, it doesn't (as pretty as one could be)
Face ID is a security tool registered on your phone and your phone only (or iPad for that matter) and it does not share it with other platforms.
You missed the sarcasm flag.?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gmanist1000 Avatar
12 months ago

Couldn’t you unlock google drive with Touch ID in the past?
Yes in a very old version. They removed the functionality, and now it’s back.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsmilo Avatar
12 months ago

This is what photos app should have. Plus other apps too. It should be an option for all apps to use Face ID.
there should be a system setting to toggle it on and off for any app installed

a „hidden“ folder called „hidden“ is pointless. Might as well call it „please snoop“
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BvizioN Avatar
12 months ago

So...now Google wants your face too...
No, it doesn't (as pretty as one could be)
Face ID is a security tool registered on your phone and your phone only (or iPad for that matter) and it does not share it with other platforms.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fokmik Avatar
12 months ago
Very nice
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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