Here's how to hide a folder and prevent the Gallery app from displaying its contents (Android tutorial)

Here's how to hide a folder and prevent the Gallery app from displaying its contents (Android tutorial)
Imagine that you are have a collection of rather sensitive data on your Android device, a folder of pictures, in particular. In the most common scenario, you'd probably like it to remain hidden from prying eyes and not show up in your Gallery app, where its contents can be viewed by whoever who grabs your phone. Luckily, there are a number of ways to hide the folder and whatever image content might be found inside.

Even if you've secured your device with a PIN code, chances are that some of your tech-savvy friends or relatives will eventually get to play around with your shiny new 'Droid. Hopefully, they will value your privacy so much that they wouldn't even think of going to your gallery and browse through your images, but the second scenario is a tad worse - there's a pretty high chance that they'd like to look through some pictures you've taken before, which will naturally lead them to your gallery, and right there, near the bottom comfortably rests a folder that is meant for your eyes only. Do you feel uneasy already?

You won't even scratch the surface of what might be inside the folder you'd like to hide, but nonetheless, we'll show you the ropes on how to sweep it under the rug.

Method #1

Okay, this is the simplest way to prevent your Gallery app from scanning the contents of a folder and displaying whatever it finds inside. You'll have to pay a visit to Google Play and download a third-party Gallery replacement. For our tutorial, we've used QuickPic, one of the better custom offerings for your Android device.


Method #2

Although not as convenient, there exists a manual, a tad more complicated way to hide a given folder or image file. In order to do so, you'll have to navigate to navigate to the folder you'd like to hide and rename it in a certain fashion. Note that you might not be able to do that with your pre-loaded file manager - instead, you might need a third-party one, such as ES File Explorer.

All set? Let's go!

Method #3

The last method we'd like to show you is among the most secure ways to hide a folder. It does not only prevent gallery apps from showing the contents, it also hides the folder from the being displayed in file managers all together. Of course, initiated users can easily uncover them.




1. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

This is something every linux/unix user know.. the "dot" in front of file name or folder to make it hidden.

2. AndroidLollipop unregistered

not every mobile user knows that

5. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

exactly, *cough* isheep *chough*

10. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Come on can do better than that.....

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lols they can do better for themselves!!!!

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

well most Phone users dont even REALIZE that they hold a linux device in their hands, this is basic on ANY computer OS, if one knows about it. most ppl dont know about computer language stuff, period (see what i did there? :-D )

3. engq30

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2014

Try "hide it pro", that app disguise as an audio manager.

7. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

"noooo young padawan, Women talk one another, they do!!" see? Yoda know wassupp, he a pimp!!

4. emitchell4luv

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

all i need i a zip app, and the solution is there. Zip the image or video then it won't appear on yhur galler. Thanks though P.A

8. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

nice alternative!!! theres lotta ways lol

9. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Sensitive data." These words never fail to make me laugh.

12. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

= Porno, lol

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