Posted on 2023-07-27


Posted on July 27, 2023


Posted on July 27, 2023

How to use Private Storage to securely share

Posted on July 27, 2023

By the time you read this post, I hope the Android app from my previous post will be released and you can install it. So today, let’s get some data into Private Storage so you can invite Android devices to your shared folders!

The Plan

  1. install PrivateStorage desktop and PrivateStorage Android app
  2. share a folder
  3. invite your phone as a read-only device to the folder
  4. accept the invite on your phone
  5. view files on your phone

installing PrivateStorage

First, download and install PrivateStorage, with these handy instructions.

Once you get it installed and running, you’ll be asked to buy storage time and create a recovery key.

The Android app is available on the Google Play Store, you’ll need that too.

share a folder

invite your phone

We have a folder shared in PrivateStorage!

Next create an invite so the phone gets access.

Right click on the folder you want to share with your phone, click on “Sync with device” then choose “Create Invite Code” as shown below.

For the moment, you must create a read-only invite, because that’s what we got finished in time for the deadline.

That means you must check the “This device may only read updates” when creating the invite.

Ok, so you made sure to check the “read only” box, and your invite has been created. Hopefully it looks something like this:

But wait, how is that I can show you the invite code I created, and I don’t have to worry about you having access to my shared folder?

Invite codes are one use! If you accept an invite code, no one else can re-use that code.

accept the invite on your phone

Now on your phone, open the PrivateStorage app, click the “I’m Ready!” button and you’ll get to a nearly blank screen with a plus sign in the bottom right.

click on the plus sign and you’ll see a popup titled “Add magic folder”

Here you put in the code that was generated from your invite.

At that point, your screen won’t be entirely blank, you’ll have the name of your folder listed.

view files on your phone

Tap on the folder name!

It takes a few seconds for

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