How To Password Protect Files In Android For Privacy?

  • Posted on: 17 March 2017
  • By: sasi

It is not an exaggeration that mobile phones have more sensitive data than PCs. The risk of prying eyes is also higher because you carry it everywhere. This post shows you how to password protect files using the file manager apps like ES File Explorer and File Commander

I. Using ES File Explorer
II. Using File Commander

I. Using ES File Explorer

  • Install ES File Explorer if you have not already done so.
  • Open ES File Explorer
  • Browse to the file or folder that you want to password protect.
  • Select a file or folder by long pressing.
  • Encrypt file explorer

  • Open the 'More' menu and tap Encrypt.
  • Input password file explorer

  • Input the password and tap OK.

Note: When you encrypt a folder, all files in it are encrypted. You can still open the folder without a password, but files will open with password only.


II. Using File Commander

Secure files with a password
To Access all your secured files
To Unsecure files
To Change Password


Secure files with a password

  • Install File Commander
  • Tap the hamburger icon to open the sliding menu
  • Secure using File Commander

  • Toggle ON 'Secure'
  • Enter a new password. Important note (Read carefully): This password cannot be recovered if you forget it. You can create a new password but files encrypted with the old password will not open with the new password.

The next step after creating the password is to select the files that are to be secured.

Option 1 (List view):

  • Select a file (do not select more than one file)
  • File Commander Secure In Grid View

  • Tap the 3 dot menu on top.
  • Select 'Secure'

Option 2: (Grid view)
File Commander Secure Lock
Tap the 'open lock' icon on the thumbnail to encrypt.

To test: Disable 'Secure' mode. Secured files should not be visible when Secure mode is disabled.


To Access all your secured files

  • Enable 'Secure' mode
  • Open the sliding menu and tap 'Home'
  • File Commander Secured Files

  • Tap the label 'Secured files' to see all secured files.


To Unsecure files


Go to the 'Secured files' label as mentioned in the above section.

Option 1 (list view): Select a file
Open the 3 dot menu and tap 'Unsecure'

Option 2 (Grid view): Tap the 'secured lock' icon to unsecure.


To Change Password

  • Enable Secure mode
  • Open the sliding menu
  • Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap 'Settings'
  • Tap 'Reset Passphrase'
  • Tap 'Continue' to reset your passphrase. Note: Files secured with the old password will not open with the new password. Unsecure those files before changing the passphrase.