Microsoft recently released a new feature in OneDrive Consumer called Personal Vault.
Personal Vault adds a layer of security within OneDrive. This means if anyone gains access to your OneDrive (for example, by circumventing your device’s security), they still need to authenticate to get access to the Vault.
This makes the Personal Vault great for securing those critically confidential files, such as a scan of your Passport, Driver’s license, or, Tax ID card.
Personal Vault is available anywhere OneDrive is available. In this article, we explore setting up Vault for the first time and accessing Vault from desktop, mobile, and web.
Note: Free OneDrive plans (like those through Outlook.com) are limited to 3 files in the Vault. Office 365 for Home or Personal does not have this limitation.
Setting up OneDrive Personal Vault on mobile
From your mobile device, open your OneDrive app and select the Files tab. You should see a new folder called Personal Vault.
The first time you open Vault, it will walk you through a setup wizard. Click Personal Vault.
The first screen will give you an overview of the Personal Vault. Click Continue. You will then be asked to verify your identity. Click Verify Identity.
Note: The identity verification process will vary based on the mobile device you own and the security you set up with your Microsoft account. For example, you may be required to enter a code from a text or authenticator app.