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Android 15: here’s how you can hide your secrets from prying eyes

The next version of Android will introduce a private space. This feature will allow you to hide your most sensitive data, but also to hide the presence of certain applications on your smartphone.

With Android 15, Google plans to strengthen your privacy protection. And to achieve this, the Mountain View firm obviously took its inspiration from Samsung. The next version of Google’s mobile operating system will indeed include a Private Space, a functionality similar to the Secure Folder present on the Korean manufacturer’s smartphones.

A Private Space for your sensitive data and your unmentionable applications

Spotted a few months ago by Mishaal Rahman, this new feature is still under development. The journalist ofAndroid Authority, renowned for its great knowledge of Android, managed to force the activation of the functionality under Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1 on its Pixel 8 pro. Enough to have not only an overview of the module interface, but also of its operation.

Grafted into Android’s Security and Privacy Settings, the Private Space coming to Android 15 requires you to authenticate to be configured. The module then offers to connect a Google account different from your main account, or to create a new, entirely dedicated one, in order to be able to synchronize your preferences. Because the Private Space works like a separate profile on your smartphone. It therefore includes everything necessary to use your smartphone incognito. You will find, for example, the camera, Google Chrome, Google Contacts, Google Drive, Files by Google, Google Photos, and of course a dedicated Play Store to download applications discreetly.

All activities carried out within this Private Space remain invisible elsewhere on the smartphone. Indeed, applications installed from Android’s Private Space will not appear in the permissions manager or in any of Android’s other settings. Notifications specific to applications installed there will also not appear as long as the Private Space is locked. Concretely, this function allows you to use a sort of private virtual smartphone, on your smartphone. You can also configure a lock code different from the one you usually use to lock the screen of your device.

Once configured, the Private Space is accessible by pressing a padlock icon, displayed at the very bottom of your list of applications installed on your smartphone. However, it will be possible to hide this icon to conceal the use of the Private Space. In this specific case, access to the Private Space can only be done after entering the name of the function in the device’s search engine.

As images are often better than a long speech, Mishaal Rahman has posted a very complete demonstration video of this new functionality.

We will probably have to wait for Google I/O 2024 which will take place on May 14 for Google to officially present this new functionality.

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