Google Drive adds Touch ID and Face ID authentication on iPhone, iPad for extra security

By Manikanta Immanni

Google is bumping up its security features, as it is found to be adding Touch ID and Face ID or Passcode to its iOS versioned Google Drive. This additional layer of security is called Privacy Screen and can be enabled on iPhones and iPads.

This feature gives the user a chance to delay its locking time by a few seconds to minutes, thus they don’t have to login every time they access the Drive.

In the world of privacy, Apple has already made its stamp for being the most reliable brand, as it takes extreme steps to ensure its users’ privacy isn’t breached. And today, as first seen by The Verge, Apple is adding an extra layer of protection to users’ content, that’s stored in Google’s cloud service, Drive.

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If you’ve updated the app, you can see the option in settings called Privacy Screen. And if activated, it will let you set a lock to your Google Drive. You can choose either Touch ID or Face ID or Passcode to lock the app and regain access. Interestingly, the passcode locking feature for Drive was previously available and pulled down for unknown reasons. And it’s again live with Touch and Face ID.

This feature will further let you set timers like 10 seconds, one minute, or 10 minutes so that you don’t have to authenticate every time you access the app. This can be annoying when you’re quickly switching between apps. So better set a timer that’s comforting.

Besides the advantages, this feature is limited to many forms like you cannot lock internal files or folders, bit the app. Files and Photos shared with the Files app and Photos app is still open. You still get notifications and it’s even accessible by certain Siri commands! Yet, it’s good.

Though it’s rivaling Apple’s native iCloud, it’s still considered important. As iCloud would offer only 5GB of free space, Google’s Drive gives three times more of it. So its fair users choosing it over iCloud, and Apple protecting it.

Google Drive Features

Google Drive is a free cloud storage offered to every Google user, where he can upload 15GB worth of content for free. The user can even expand the storage by buying additional plans.

It also offers apps for Android smartphones and tablets and for Windows and macOS computers as well. Google Drive includes Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides for editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more.

Google Drive is part of G Suite, the monthly subscription offering for businesses and organizations, from Google. As part of G Suite, Google Drive offers unlimited storage.

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