Just like you set a passcode for your iOS device, you can also set a passcode for the Google Drive app to make your files more secure. Unlike your device’s passcode which supports a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code, the Google Drive app supports only a four-digit passcode. But, this passcode feature isn’t supported for Android devices.
How to manage a passcode for Google Drive on your iOS device
You may use Google Drive, Docs, Sheets or Slides app to set a passcode for Google Drive. Do the following steps:
- Go to the Google Drive, Docs, Sheets or Slides app on your iOS device.
- Tap the hamburger menu (≡) present in the top-left corner and go to “Settings.”
- Click “Passcode Lock,” then tap to turn it on and enter your four-digit passcode.
- If you wish to lock the app after you close it, choose “Always lock.” If you uncheck this option, the app will automatically lock after 15 minutes of inactivity. If you use an iOS device which supports Touch ID, you may use your fingerprint to unlock by selecting “Allow Touch ID to unlock.”
- If you wish to change your passcode, go to “Passcode Lock” by repeating the above steps and select “Change passcode”.
- To remove your passcode, go to “Passcode Lock” by repeating the above steps and tap “Passcode Lock” to turn it off. Note that you must enter your current passcode to enter the app after it is locked.
- If you enter a wrong passcode for five times, you can reset your passcode by removing the account. A display will prompt after your five failed passcode attemps, select “Remove Account.” Click “Manage” in the top-right to remove your account. Then, you need to re-add your account by again signing into the app.
If you set a passcode via any of the apps— Google Drive, Docs, Sheets or Slides app, then all the apps will ask for the same passcode to use the app.