How to Protect Your Google Drive on iPhone and iPad With Face ID or Touch ID

How to Protect Your Google Drive on iPhone and iPad With Face ID or Touch ID

Storing important and or sensitive documents in Google Drive is not the safest way to protect your data, but if so, your iPhone and iPad can help keep everything safe. Here’s how to add a Face ID or Touch ID key to the cloud storage mobile application.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, Google does not offer enhanced security options in the Drive application for Android or on the web. Enabling two-factor authentication in your Google account is the best way to prevent people from leaving your cloud file.

Start by opening the “Drive” application on your iPhone or iPad. Use Apple’s default Spotlight Search if you can’t find it on the home screen.


Next, tap the three-row hamburger menu icon.


From the sliding menu that appears, select the “Settings” option.


Tap the “Privacy Screen” button found in the center of the screen.


You can now read more about the Privacy Screen feature. If you want to activate it, activate the “Privacy Screen” option.


Your iPhone or iPad will display a pop-up asking you to give the Google Drive app permission to access Face ID or Touch ID on your device. Tap the “OK” button to allow it


The next time you exit and reopen the Google Drive application, you will see a screen similar to the one below. Authentication uses your face or fingerprint to access the cloud storage application.


Now that the Privacy Screen settings are activated, you will see several new options to further customize features.

By default, the Privacy Screen feature locks the Drive application when you lock the iPhone or iPad screen or leave the application. If you want to add a time delay, tap the option that matches the “Delay” list.


Here, you can choose from “Immediately,” “After 10 Seconds,” “After 1 Minute,” and “After 10 Minutes.” Select an option, then tap the Back arrow.

If you don’t trust Face ID or Touch ID to protect your files stored in Drive, you can ask for a phone or tablet lock screen passcode to enter the application.

Returning to the “Privacy Screen” settings menu, tap the blue “Open System Settings” link.


You will be taken to the Drive menu section of your iPhone or iPad. Here, you can turn off permission to use Face ID or Touch ID.


If the security settings are disabled, the next time you open the Google Drive application, you must enter the device lock screen passcode.



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