How to Password Protect a Folder

When multiple people use the same computer, they all can have access to all folders. But some of these folders may contain sensitive information that you, as one of the users, might want to protect. If that’s the case, what can you do? Do you need to download a special app that can safeguard your folders?

If you’re looking for a solution that’ll help you encrypt folders on a computer and prevent people from accessing them, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll also find out how to protect folders on your smartphone, on Google Drive, and on a shared drive.

How to Password Protect a Folder

Protecting a folder will involve slightly different steps depending on whether you want to do it on your Windows computer, Mac, in Google Drive, on an iPhone, One Drive, or a shared drive. In the next section, we’ll explore all of these. Stay tuned.

How to Password Protect a Folder on Mac

If different people use the same Mac computer, it might be time to consider protecting folders with passwords. After all, you don’t want someone to have access to some sensitive data, such as important documents. You can try right-clicking on the folder, but password protection won’t be an option.

Therefore, to encrypt your folder on Mac here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch the “Applications” folder on your Mac. You can use the keyboard shortcut for this. Simply press “Cmd,” “Shift,” and “A” at the same time.

  2. Then, click on “Utilities.”

  3. Within “Utilities,” click on “Disk Utility.”

  4. Tap on “File” at the top of the screen.

  5. Next, hit “New image.”

  6. You’ll see a new menu. Click on “Image from Folder.”

  7. Choose the folder you want to password-protect.

  8. Tap “Open.”

  9. Hit “Image Format.”

  10. Look for “Encryption” and click on it.

  11. Make sure to choose “128-bit AES encryption (recommended).”

  12. Once you select this, you’ll see a pop-up window asking you to choose the password. Write the password you want to use for the folder.

  13. Verify it in the box below. You can also click on the key icon next to it to see if it’s a strong password.

  14. Tap on “Choose.” You can also change the name of the folder in the next step.

  15. Make sure “Image Format” is “read/write.”

  16. Finish by clicking on “Save.”

That’s it. You’ve now encrypted your folder. If you want, you can delete the original folder. However, make sure not to delete the .DMG file. This is the actual password-protected folder.

Now, whenever someone wants to access this folder, they’ll need to type the password.

How to Password Protect a Folder on Windows 10

Protecting a folder on Windows with a password is a useful feature. Still, not many Windows users know how to do it. If you’re interested to find out, follow these steps:

  1. Open the folder you want to protect.

  2. Inside it, right-click and tap on “New.”

  3. Then, choose “Text Document.”

  4. Click “Enter.” Don’t worry about the name of this document.

  5. Click on the file twice to open it.

  6. Then, copy the text below:
    cls
    @ECHO OFF
    title Folder Locker
    if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK
    if NOT EXIST Locker goto MDLOCKER
    :CONFIRM
    echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)
    set/p “cho=>”
    if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
    if %cho%==y goto LOCK
    if %cho%==n goto END
    if %cho%==N goto END
    echo Invalid choice.
    goto CONFIRM
    :LOCK
    ren Locker “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
    attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
    echo Folder locked
    goto End
    :UNLOCK
    echo Enter password to Unlock folder
    set/p “pass=>”
    if NOT %pass%==Your-Password-Here goto FAIL
    attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
    ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” Locker
    echo Folder Unlocked successfully
    goto End
    :FAIL
    echo Invalid password
    goto end
    :MDLOCKER
    md Locker
    echo Locker created successfully
    goto End
    :End
  7. Once you copy everything, look for “Your-Password-Here.”

  8. Replace that section with your password. Make sure it doesn’t contain spaces.

  9. Then, click on “File” from the toolbar.

  10. Tap on “Save As.”

  11. Then, click on “Save as type.”

  12. Select here “All files.”

  13. Type “FolderLocker.bat” as “File name.”

  14. Tap “Save.”

You’ve now created a locked folder. Copy into it everything you want to protect. To lock this folder, follow these steps:

  1. Double-click on “FolderLocker.bat.”

  2. You’ll see a black screen.

  3. Write “Y.”

  4. Tap “Enter.”


To access data from this folder, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Tap twice on “FolderLocker.bat.”

  2. Write the password you chose.

  3. Tap “Enter.”

How to Password Protect a Folder in Google Drive

Perhaps you want to share a folder with others in Google Drive but also wish to protect it with a password. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Launch Google Drive.

  2. Right-click on the folder you want to encrypt. Tap on “Share.”

  3. Hit “Get sharable link” and then click “Done.”

Now that you’ve done that, head over to Google Forms. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Tap on “Blank” to add a new form.

  2. Click on “Untitled form” to change the title.

  3. Then, tap on “Untitled Question.” Type “What is the password?”

  4. Next to it will be a box. Select it and choose “Short answer.”

  5. Look for “Required” and toggle the button to make sure users need to write a password to access a folder in Google Drive. Then, tap on the three-dot menu next to it and select “Response validation.”

  6. Under “Number,” select “Text” and don’t change anything under “Contains.”

  7. Next to “Contains,” write the password.

  8. Then, tap on the gear icon in the upper-right part of the screen.

  9. Here, select “Presentation.”

  10. Make sure to uncheck the box next to “Show link to submit another response.”

  11. Under “Confirmation message,” copy the link to Google Drive.

  12. Tap “Save” to finish.

To share this folder with those who have access to Google Drive, do the following:

  1. Click “Send” in the upper right part of the screen.

  2. Choose to send the form via email or to give the users the link to the form.

How to Password Protect a Folder on iPhone

Despite urges from iPhone users, Apple hasn’t still created a built-in option that would enable them to lock folders. That said, you can download a third-party app called Folder Lock, which helps you create passwords for specific folders. Keep in mind the app isn’t free.

However, if you don’t want to pay for the app and still want to protect the folders on your phone from other people accessing their contents, you can create a password for the phone itself. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go to “Settings.”

  2. Tap on “Touch ID and Passcode.”

  3. Click on “Turn Passcode On.” Then, Enter the six-digit password.

  4. Type it once again to confirm.

How to Password Protect a Folder in OneDrive

Creating a password for a folder in OneDrive is an important step that gives you peace of mind when you want to protect valuable information. For the time being, this function is only available on OneDrive Web and not in the Windows 10 app. If you want to protect a folder in OneDrive, here’s what you should do:

  1. Log in to your OneDrive.

  2. Tap on the folder you want to share.

  3. Click “Share” in the top left part of the screen.

  4. Next, click on “Set password” and type the password.

  5. Tap on “Get a link.”

  6. You can now share this link with other people. However, they need to type in the password you chose to see the content.

How to Password Protect a Folder on a Shared Drive

Unless you use the Windows Pro version, there isn’t an option that enables you to protect a folder on a Shared Drive. But if you do have the Pro version, here’s how you can protect a folder:

  1. On your computer, open “Network Settings.”

  2. Under “Network and Internet,” select “Ethernet.” Then, Go to the “Network and Sharing Center.”

  3. Then, click on “Change advanced sharing settings.”

  4. Scroll down to “All Networks” and enlarge the section by clicking on the arrow pointing down.

  5. Under “Password protected sharing,” select “Turn on password protected sharing.”

  6. Tap on “Save changes.”

After you’ve followed these steps, exit all windows and right-click on “This PC.” Then follow, these steps:

  1. Click on “Manage.”

  2. Look for “Local Users and Groups.”

  3. Under it, tap on “Users.”

  4. On the right, you’ll see a “Users” window. Right-click anywhere to create a ”New User.”

  5. You can type the username and the password.

  6. Make sure the box next to “User must change password at next logon” isn’t ticked.

  7. Tap on “Create.”

The next step is to share a folder with this new user. This is how to do it:

  1. Right-click on the folder and click on “Properties.”

  2. Select “Sharing.”

  3. Next, click on the “Share” button. Here you should choose the new user you’ve created.

  4. Click on the drop-down arrow to find this user. Then, hit “Add.”

  5. Once you add it, choose “Read/write” next to it.

  6. Tap on “Share.”

You’re now sharing a folder on another network. When another user tries to access the folder, they’ll have to type in the username and the password you created.

Additional FAQs

In the following section, we’ll explore the most commonly asked questions regarding password protecting folders.

How Do You Add a Password to a Compressed Folder?

To protect a compressed folder with a password, you need to first download the app “7-Zip” and install it. Once that’s set, here’s what you should do:

• Choose files and folders to compress.

• Right-click and tap on “7-Zip.”

• Then, click on “Add to archive.”

• You’ll see a new window. Type the name for this archive.

• Under “Archive format,” choose “zip.”

• Look for “Encryption.” Type the password for the zip.

• Next to the “Encryption method,” select “ZipCrypto.”

• Finally, click on “OK.”

Why Can’t I Password Protect a Folder?

If you can’t protect a folder with a password, there’s a chance the device simply doesn’t have this option. For example, that’s the case with iPhones. Or, you may want to encrypt a shared folder, but you can’t because you don’t have the Windows Home version.

Protect Your Data

When you have sensitive data on your computer, iPhone, or in Google Drive, it’s crucial to protect it. As you can see, we’ve listed different methods to encrypt folders and data on various devices.

What is your reason for protecting folders? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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