OneNote for Android Update Brings Password Setting Support

Microsoft OneNote for Android has a new update rolling out that finally brings support for setting passwords on note sections.  The updated build is version 16.0.8625.2040 for those keeping score at home and with it comes the ability to set a password on a section of notes and to open that section using your phone’s fingerprint scanner (or password if you phone doesn’t have one).

Password protection of sections has been in OneNote for a while and while you could open up a section on your Android device, you could not set the password in the app itself.  You had to use the OneNote desktop app in order to set passwords.  No more.  Now you can long press a note section in the app on your device and you will see a new Protect Section option on the menu.  Tap it, set the password for the section and you are good-to-go.

If you want to unlock the section, you will be prompted to enter the password for the section the first time and can enable fingerprint authentication from that point forward.  If you want to lock a section, long press it and tap “Lock all” and it will be locked.  You will know which sections in OneNote are password protected as there will be a padlock icon next to their name.

As you would expect, there is the normal run of bug fixes and other performance improvements to the app in this update.  What specifically was addressed is not outlined in the release notes, as is the usual case.

OneNote is a free app and a free service from Microsoft.  You can download the app in the Play Store.