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Monday, March 18, 2013

How To Hide Private Picture Folders From Gallery on android

When you get an android phone the amount of pictures on your phone might not be much  but as time goes by, the amount of pictures on your phone will strt to increase. you might not be the one adding the pictures, it might be added by applications and wallpaper and when you gallery gets full it might slowdown the amount of time it will normally take for your phone to load the gallery. Besides there might be some pictures you dont want people to see.
But there is a way that you can hide these pictures from your gallery. that is what i am going to be talking about today. 



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1. Hiding Folders From Gallery Using Gallery Application

there are Some types of Android phones that allows you to hide some folders from the gallery,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.


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

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