How to add Face ID authentication to the Google Drive app on iOS

Have you installed Google Drive on your iPhone / iPad? Your Google Drive may contain sensitive and confidential data that you do not want others to see or see, especially those who borrow your phone for quick use. Here you will learn how to add Face ID authentication to Google Drive on iOS.

Follow the guide below to enable Face ID / Touch ID authentication on your iOS device:

1. Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone / iPad.

2. Tap the menu icon in the upper left corner.

Secure Google Drive menu

3. In the sidebar, tap “Settings”.

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4. Select “Privacy screen”.

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5. Activate the option for the privacy screen which should activate the function.

Google Drive secure privacy screenGoogle Drive secure privacy screen

You will receive a pop-up notification from iOS / iPadOS asking if you want to allow Google Drive to access Face ID / Touch ID on your device. Press “OK” to authorize it.

Secure Google Drive Settings Activating Face IDSecure Google Drive Settings Activating Face ID

Now the next time you open Google Drive, you’ll need to authenticate the app with Face ID or Touch ID, depending on which method you’re using.

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You will also see new privacy screen options available now that they are available. Open the menu as explained above and you will see the following customizable features:

  • Delay: By default, Google Drive will ask you to re-authenticate the app when you lock your screen or exit the app. If you want to change this, you can define a delay: “Immediately”, “After 10 seconds”, “After 1 minute” and “After 10 minutes”.
  • Use a password: Some users can choose to use a password instead of Face ID / Touch ID on their device. To do this, open the Privacy screen menu.
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Press the blue link “Open system settings”.

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In the Settings menu, deactivate the option for “Face ID”. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be prompted to enter your device’s passcode instead of Face ID / Touch ID the next time you open Google Drive.

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Now that you know how to add Face ID authentication to Google Drive on iOS, don’t forget to back up your iPhone as well. Don’t forget to also consult our guide for sending secure and confidential emails in Gmail.

Image credit: Woman holding Apple iPhone 6S Rose Gold with Google Drive app. by DepositPhotos

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