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hide pictures androidWhen you’ve had your Android for a while, the amount of pictures on the phone build up. It’s not just your photos, either. It’s album cover art, pictures lazily stored by applications, and wallpaper. Pretty soon you realise your phone’s Gallery is full of these pictures that slow down the loading time. They probably don’t appeal to you much as pictures to browse in your Gallery anyway. It’s time to get rid of them.

Luckily, there’s a couple of really easy ways to stop folders from being incorporated into your Gallery. Pretty soon those pesky pictures will be hidden away from your sight where they belong.

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1. Hiding Folders From Gallery Using Gallery Application

Some types of Android phones have made it easy to remove certain folders from their Gallery by telling the Gallery itself not to load those folders. This can be useful, however the phone will still search for the photos on launching the Gallery, so this step alone doesn’t stop those photos slowing down your Gallery launch.

Hiding the folders from within the application also makes it easy to reveal which folders are hidden in the Gallery. So, if you’ve got some picture folders you’d prefer to keep a secret, you’d best have a go at one of the other methods instead.

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2. Prefix Your Folder With A Dot

If the folder has a dot before the name, it will be automatically excluded from the Gallery. Gallery completely overlooks these folders, so it saves you time upon Gallery launch. Essentially, prefixing with the dot turns the folder into a hidden folder, so many applications will be unable to see the folder after the change — this includes some file managers. If you’re sure it’s okay to make the folder hidden, go ahead. If not, there’s another method we’ll go through shortly that you might prefer to use.

To rename your directories, use any decent Android file manager found in the market.

With Astro, a popular file manager, you need to hold the folder and choose “Edit” and “Rename“.

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If you want to change the folder name to remove the prefix but you can’t see the folder, try using a different file manager. Or, you can use the Android SDK to view the file system on your computer and do it that way. If you need a guide to set it up, Ryan has detailed how to use the Android SDK in his article on screenshots for Android How To Capture Screenshots With Your Android Mobile Phone How To Capture Screenshots With Your Android Mobile Phone Read More .

2. Place a .Nomedia File in the Folder

By placing a .nomedia file in a given folder, you’re telling Gallery not to load this folder while it scans your directory.

To create the .nomedia file, simply use a file manager to copy a text document to the folder. Open the file (pressing and holding will offer you a choice of apps to use) and delete the contents. Now rename the file to “.nomedia”.

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If this method is too cumbersome for you, there are apps specifically designed to create .nomedia files for directories of your choosing, such as StudioKUMA .nomedia manager.

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Which way to hide folders from Gallery did you find the easiest? The dot prefixed folder? Creating the .nomedia file yourself? Using a .nomedia app? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. TDM
    August 27, 2016 at 9:58 am

    The .nomedia file was the easiest to.. let's say (turn on or off) you just copy the file then delete it if you want to show the folder again....

    i didn't create a file,, i just copied it from the "sent" folder of the whatsapp images folder...

  2. Rebecca
    March 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    The dot prefix it great and all, but where's my folder now?

  3. Eben-ezer
    February 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    The dot prefixed folder works ike a champ :) thanks :)

  4. Venkata
    January 9, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I was searching for how to stop showing some private pictures I get on whatsapp. I tried to use the trick to add a dot before the file name but I got a warning message that the name is not valid. I found another easy way. I have file commander app on my android phone. In File commander, I have an option to go "secure mode". Once I enable secure mode, I picked the photo I wanted to hide and it showed me a "lock" button on it. Once I locked it, it disappeared from album. It took me 10 seconds to do it (of course, I researched for 30 minutes..LOL)

  5. Vladimir Obric
    October 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Dear Angela,

    This is A GREAT trick to hide photos. Thank you so much.

  6. Ryan Perlada Rengalota
    July 30, 2015 at 2:23 am

    all i do is this:
    place the files you want hidden for some reason in one folder and compress the folder to zip using ES file explorer.
    then, add .pak as the extension.

    extra protection?
    encrypt the zip file using ES before adding pak extension

  7. reza asadi
    April 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I have probem beacuse is use dot for file name. The android meesage. You can nou use dot in first file.

  8. Surendhar S
    January 12, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for the simple but powerful trick (y). Its exactly what I wanted..

  9. Arpan24x7
    December 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    thanks for your suggestion but if the same image is using in our android application image was hide from application too so is there any solution that we can hide pic from phone gallery as well file manager too..

    A big thanks in advanced...

  10. Banerjee Rajorshi
    June 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    plz share few more tricks...

  11. Banerjee Rajorshi
    June 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    superb knowledge... thanks buddy simple and effective.....

  12. Randy Addison
    April 30, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for the article. Actually, you have a point straight through the basket, Suhel28. Anyways, I'll go ahead and check this out further later.

  13. Anonymous
    April 30, 2011 at 2:37 am

    the .nomedia thing. just make sure you don't make a .nomedia folder in the root of SDCARD becuase it will result into hiding every damn pic on your sdcard. :)

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 30, 2011 at 6:02 am

      Very good point!!

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