If you back up files to Google drive, it is important to strengthen the security of your device to prevent access to your documents stored online. This tutorial explains how to secure Google Drive on your iPhone or iPad using Face ID or Touch ID.
Before getting to the heart of the matter, it’s worth pointing out that when you enable this feature, Google Drive will not work with the “Files” app.
The first thing to do is open the Google Drive app on your iPhone or iPad. Then tap on the menu in the upper left corner of the app window.
In the drop-down menu that appears, select the “Settings” option. Once inside, press the “Privacy screen” button and activate this option.
You will then be asked to use Face ID or Touch ID to lock Google Drive. For the change to take effect, confirm by pressing OK.
Configure the functionality for more convenience
The next time you access your Google Drive files from your iOS device, you will need to scan your face or fingerprint. You will then see several new options to further customize the functionality, including the “delay” option.
If you don’t want to authenticate every time you switch to multitasking, select the appropriate timeout. By default, the “Privacy screen” feature locks the Drive app the moment you lock your device screen or exit the app.
To choose the convenient time, simply press “time”. Choose between “Immediately”, “After 10 seconds”, “After 1 minute” and “After 10 minutes” by tapping on the option which you prefer.
How to turn off Google Drive protection with Face ID or Touch ID?
If you feel less secure about locking the Drive app on your iPhone or iPad with Face ID, you can turn off the feature and replace it with a PIN. In the “Privacy screen” window, choose “open system settings”. Once in the Drive section of the Settings menu of your device, you can deactivate the authorization granted to Apple’s lock system.