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Microsoft Updates OneDrive on Android with Fingerprint Authentication

Android users can now lock and unlock the OneDrive cloud storage application with a fingerprint instead of a PIN.


has updated its OneDrive application on Windows, adding support for locking with a fingerprint. Until this change, users have only been able to lock the app and re-open it with a PIN.

Elsewhere on OneDrive for , the app has also received a new grid view that improves photos on the service.

“In addition to a PIN Code, you'll now be able to use your fingerprint to lock the OneDrive app,” Microsoft says. “We've improved our grid view to help your photos stand out and look their best as well as making it easier than ever to see what photos are getting backed up in the Photos tab.”

Microsoft has also introduced a new OneDrive update on the iOS platform. However, while Android users are getting new features, users are only receiving a bug fix:

Text translation wasn't working for some users, turning a few options in the Settings page into a confusing game of ‘guess that setting.' This has been fixed, and will look and read as you'd expect.”

While there's nothing particularly interesting in the iOS update, it's still worth updating to ensure the app stays secure.


Speaking of security, Microsoft last week added a Personal Vault to OneDrive. Microsoft is giving users a “protected area in OneDrive” to store their files. The company says users can implement “strong authentication” to access the files.

The feature was introduced at a good time. Also last week, a report shows OneDrive has seen a 60% surge in the amount of malicious files hosted on the service.

Personal Vault for OneDrive is coming to Australia, Canada, and New Zealand this summer. The rest of the world will get the feature before the close of 2019.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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