How to Lock Folder in Windows 11/10 using Third-Party Software?

On Windows OS, a lot of customization is possible. You can hide a file or folder on Windows 11/10 PC without any third-party tool. However, none of these operating systems (Windows 7/8/10/11) allow you to lock a folder with a password for security purposes. In other words, to protect your folder with a password, you have to use a third-party tool.

For any reason, if you would like to lock folders with passwords to protect their data have to choose a third-party utility. There are plenty of options over the internet; however, most are either paid or not easy to use.

This article will share the top five free folder locker software with you that works fine on Windows 10. These are the following:-

  1. Free Hide Folder
  2. Anvi Free Folder Locker
  3. SecretFolder
  4. HiddenDIR
  5. Lock-A-Folder
  6. Master File Locker

Free Hide Folder

As the name suggests, Free Hide Folder is a freeware utility. It comes with a user-friendly interface. This small utility is compatible with Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10/11.

Once you run the Free Hide Folder tool, it will offer you to set a password. Once the password is set, the app will open. Click on Add from the menu to add a folder you want to set the password and hide from the others.

You can now close the software. Now the folder will be hidden and also password protected. To view that folder again, open the Free Hide Folder software and select the folder. Input the password, and it will be visible.

You can download the Free Hider Folder utility from the official website here.

Anvi Free Folder Locker

Anvi Folder Locker is another free folder locker software that lets you secure your folder with a password. Once it is installed and launched, it will prompt you to set a master password, and even it will ask for an email.

Why is email required? Once you forget the master password, you can recover it using email; hence the developer has added an email option that is quite useful in some cases.

It comes with quite a straightforward interface. By clicking on the ADD button, you can add a folder under Anvi Free Folder Locker software to password protect them. There is also a Settings menu that lets you change the master password.

This freeware is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11. You can download the latest version of Anvi Free Folder Locker from here.


As the name itself suggest, the SecretFolder makes your folder secret by securing it with a password. Once it is downloaded and installed on your Windows PC, it will prompt you to set up a new password and email address.

Once you have set up the master password and provided an email, the app will open. By clicking on the Add option from the menu, you can add a folder under SecretFolder. Once the folder is inside the SecretFolder app, click on the Lock from the menu, will lock it with a master password. If anyone tries to open the folder, the software will prompt for a master password.

It’s worth noting that SecretFolder can’t be uninstalled without entering the password that you have set to protect your folders. That means if a user gains access to your PC, they can’t access your protected folders even by uninstalling the SecretFolder program.

It is compatible with Windows 11 / Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7. You can download the latest version of this software from here.


HIddenDIR is another free utility to protect your essential or important folders on Windows 10 machines. It is a small but yet effective tool to protect your privacy. It makes the folder invisible to anyone who has access to your PC. Hidden folders will be visible to only those who have access to the program that you can save in any directory or USB device.

You can download the HiddenDir from the official website.


Lock-A-Folder is a lightweight and easy-to-use program available for fallows you to hide and lock up any folders on your computer, making them invisible and inaccessible to anyone but yourself. After you create a master password, select the folder(s) you want to hide and click the Hide button to make them disappear. To unlock a folder, enter your password and choose the folder that you want to open.

It is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7. You can download the software from the official website.

Master File Locker

Master File Locker is another freeware tool specially built for Windows 10 and can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. This app locks/unlocks and hides your personal files, photos, videos, documents, notes, audio, and video recordings in windows 10. Once you install it on your PC, you need to set the password to protect a file with a password. You can read more about this utility here.

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