How to Password Protect a Folder in a Mac


Generally, when you protect your device with a password, you are assured that nobody can’t have access to it without your knowledge. However, there are some cases, where you have to share your password, say with your partner, but you don’t want him/her to get access to some things on the device.

If you are using Mac, there are ways in which you can password-protect a folder and that will be discussed in this content.

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How to add a password to a folder

You can password-protect folder contents using macOS and Disk Utility, a built-in utility on your Mac. First, make sure everything you want to password-protect is in a folder on your Mac. Then follow these steps to password-protect a folder in macOS:

Step 1: Open Disk Utility from Applications Utilities Disk Utility

Step 2: From the menu bar, select File, then New Image, and hover to Image from Folder  


Step 3: Select the folder you want to protect with a password and select choose


Step 4: Choose your encryption level: 128-bit, or 256-bit


Step 5: Enter a password, verify, and click Choose when you’re done


Step 6: Name the folder if desired

Under “Image Format” select “read/write” from the menu


Step 7: Click save and wait for Disk Utility to finish encrypting your folder.

Howe to password-protect individual files on Mac

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Password-protecting folders in Disk Utility is the most secure method Apple has, but you can still use passwords to prevent prying eyes from seeing just about any document on a Mac. Here are steps for password-protecting files on your Mac:

Step 1: Open the Notes app on your Mac

Step 2: Select the file you want to protect with a password

Step 3: In the menu bar of the Notes window, click the ‘lock’ icon

Step 4: Select “Lock Note”


Step 5: Enter a password for the Note you’d like to protect


That’s all. It’s useful to be able to password-protect individual files in apps like Office, but most of the time, it’s easier and more convenient to lock whole folders on your Mac. That way, you can add and remove files from your protected archive whenever you want, and you only have to remember one password for everything in each locked folder.  

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