Android 15 Private Space Will Hide Your Sensitive Apps; How to Use It

In Short
  • Private Space allows you to lock sensitive apps to protect their contents from others.
  • It's available on Android 15 Beta 2 and can be enabled from the Privacy & Security menu in Settings.
  • It creates a separate profile and allows users to lock them so that the apps are paused when a user locks Private Space.

Google is finally rolling out one of the most anticipated features in Android 15 Beta 2. One of the major complaints that people have about Android is the lack of a Samsung-like secure folder feature, and Private Space addresses that, at least to some extent. Here’s everything you need to know about Private Space and how to try it on Android 15.

Private Space in Android 15 allows you to lock sensitive apps to protect them and their contents from others. It keeps the apps on a separate user profile so that the apps in Private Space pause when it’s locked. As a result, it doesn’t show notifications from apps that are in Private Space. These apps are also hidden from recent apps and settings.

Similarly, the files downloaded using Private apps are stored in that separate user profile. But the photo picker can give access to content in two separate spaces when Private Space is unlocked.

How to Use Private Space

To use Private Space, you should first enable it from Settings.

  1. Launch the Settings app and go to Privacy & Security > Private Space.
  2. Enter your screen lock or fingerprint sensor and tap Set up.
Go to settings and private space
  1. Private Space will ask you to create a Google Account. Tap Skip to add it later.
  2. You will then be asked to choose between a new lock or an existing screen lock. Pick whichever.
Android 15 Private Space Will Hide Your Sensitive Apps; How to Use It
  1. Private Space should now be ready. Head over to the home screen and swipe up to open the app menu.
  2. Scroll all the way to the end to find the Private section and tap it.
  3. Enter the passcode or fingerprint you just set, and you should be able to access Private Space now.
  4. To add apps to Private Space, long-press an app in the app menu that you want to add and tap Install in private.
Accessing Private Space
  1. You will be redirected to the Play Store where you can install the app, and it should show up under the Private section.

Things to Know About Private Space

Private space in search

Here are some of the things about the Private Space feature that are worth noting:

  • You can add the same Google account as that’s the main account in your regular user profile.
  • Apps take some time to show up under the private section due to a bug.
  • When in Private Space, you’ll see a key enclosed in a shield logo in the notification bar in case you confuse Private Space with your regular space.
  • If you don’t want people to notice you have Private Space set up, you can hide it from Private Space settings. You’d need to type “private space” in the launcher’s search bar each time you want to access it.

What are your thoughts about Private Space? Is it exactly what you expected it to be? Which Android 15 feature are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.

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