Wishing you could hide a folder from showing up in the Gallery ?
While there are many security apps that can help to hide or password protect a folder, you might wish to do it without learning a new app.
If that’s the case, read on to find out how to hide and unhide a folder using an Android’s fundamental feature.
i. To hide a folder from the Gallery:
[Update 23/8/2013] – If you’ve upgraded your Galaxy S3 to the latest firmware such as Android 4.1.2 and above, the below steps will no longer make your folder hidden. Now, you can either use the My Files app to put a “.” in front of the folder’s name that you want to hide or use the nomedia file method.
In Android, you can make a folder invisible by putting a “.” in front of the folder’s name. Therefore, to hide a folder from the Gallery, you just need to rename the folder with a “.” in front.
But, before you execute the steps below to hide the folder/sub-folder, it’s good that you KNOW where’s the folder/sub folder located. It helps you to get to the folder using My Files when you wish to “unhide” it later. Here’s 1 method to find out the album location.
- On your phone, open the Gallery app.
- Long tap the folder that you would like to hide.
- Next, tap the Options key and then select Rename.
- Enter a full-stop in front of the existing name and tap OK.
- Done, the folder is hidden now.
ii. To unhide a hidden folder
- On your phone, launch the My Files app.
- Tap the Options key and then select Settings.
- Check Show hidden files.
- Now, all the hidden folders should be visible in My Files.
- Next, get to the folder and rename it to take away the . to make it visible. Tip: If you don’t know where’s the folder, try the Search feature in the My Files app.