8 April 2017

Niladri Chatterjee

How to hide any folder or files in android without any third party app?

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Credit:Racchio

Howdy! Finally the exams are over, and thanks to our holy goat it wasn't too bad you know! So I decided to stop wasting time with those shits and do my job, i.e. blogging. Today I'm gonna discuss the easiest way to hide folders or files in android. You may need to hide folders because of your nasty cousin or because of ultra-personal stuffs (you know what I mean). And the best part about the process is that you don't need any third party app. Sounds interesting, no? So alright let the mission begin.


Stuffs You're Gonna Need:
  1. A working android device.
  2. A File Manager (default).
  3. Few fingers to work with.
  4. A Goat (optional).

First of all switch on your phone and unlock it (just kidding). Now open your file manager. For this tutorial, I'm using the default file manager of my Galaxy Y (don't laugh, old is gold).

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Next go to your file manager settings and look for the term, Show Hidden Files/Folders. And enable/mark it as shown in the figure below. Then save your settings.

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Now rename the existing folder you want to hide or create a new one. I'm gonna hide a pre-created folder named techabrel. While renaming the folder just add an extra dot (.) right before all the characters. And save it. Refer to the following screenshot for better understanding.


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After that go to the file manager settings again and disable/unmark  the option Show Hidden Files/Folders. You're all done. The files at the folder will not be viewable at Gallery. Now you don't need to think twice before giving your handheld to your nasty cousin (only if s/he's not reading this article at the same time). But remember, the folder will be noticeable on a computer easily. However, you may also like an awesome article on "Android Super-Ultra-Cool Hidden Secret Codes". For any help don't hesitate to comment or ask me on Google+. Respect all goats. #Peace

Update: You can also hide files from a particular folder, just by adding a .nomedia file in that folder. See: How to create a .nomedia file in android and hide any files.

The cover photo is taken from flickr and it is created by Racchio.

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Rahul Modak
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12/17/2013 delete

Cool! So easily folders are hidden. And I respect your goat.

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VaiBhav
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12/17/2013 delete

really awesome ,, nd its damn easy too :)

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Sudip Dhibar
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12/18/2013 delete

Really nice bro..Post more tricks like this!

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12/19/2013 delete

thanks for reading, bro :)

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12/19/2013 delete

Thanks. Keep respecting the holy goat.

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12/19/2013 delete

keep reading. thousands of tricks are coming soon..

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Faiz Akram
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3/28/2014 delete

Thanks a tons for sharing the trick. It'll help me awesomely!!

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Faiz Akram
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3/28/2014 delete

Simply Amazing! I used to use heavy apps, and it hanged mah phone. But now it's great. Hats off!

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3/28/2014 delete

welcome! keep going after our site for more tricks.

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John Edward
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3/30/2014 delete

Nice! Never thought of it before..

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Evolver x
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4/05/2014 delete

woo!! never tried that settings section before! thanks bro!

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Sayantika
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4/05/2014 delete

Thanks for sharing. I'd a question, would it remain hidden on PCs?

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Mayur Avanti
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4/05/2014 delete

thanks, helped me a lot. :)

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joe
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4/13/2014 delete

Did not work pic still shows up in gallery
Droid RAZR maxx

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4/14/2014 delete

really? it shouldn't be so. gimme some time to have a check over it. till then use any third party app from the store. cheers.

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4/14/2014 delete

great to hear that.

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4/14/2014 delete

nope! in pc it will still show up. cheers!

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4/14/2014 delete

welcome friend :)

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orkay
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4/19/2014 delete

After inserting a (.) I m not able to rename and save. It says file /folder name can not be empty

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4/19/2014 delete

but it should have worked. make sure that to insert the dot before the file name. Another thing can be done. Just open that folder or file in pc, rename it and save it. It should work then. :)

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mark
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5/21/2014 delete

Great...thanx for the info..now i dont have to worry about anyone looking in my gallery....

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Ahmed Ghidan
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5/29/2014 delete

hhhhhhhhhh thanx for the method and ur sense of humor :D

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6/04/2014 delete

my pleasure, mark!

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6/04/2014 delete

thanks for the complement, Ahmed!!

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6/13/2014 delete

Welcome Mayur, happy to help!! :D

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Rakshith Kumar
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6/18/2014 delete

I doubt whether it'll work the same with the videos on Android KitKat 4.4.2

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rejeesh
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6/21/2014 delete

The idea is is great ..hats's off you..but one doubt how we can open the hided files later. bcz i tried this and after that the files is not in my phone...

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6/23/2014 delete

I've mentioned about this in the article. You can simply see the hidden folders and files by performing: menu > settings > show hidden files. Look at this pic for better understanding.

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6/23/2014 delete

You can simply see the hidden files by performing: menu > settings > show hidden files. Thanks for commenting.

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6/23/2014 delete

Well, I haven't yet tried this process on KitKat. But I think it should work.

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karthick
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6/24/2014 delete

awesome man..., thank u soo much

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6/24/2014 delete

you're welcome, bro!!

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Fadhli
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6/26/2014 delete

Files are hidden but still appear in gallery, and by files I mean video files.

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7/02/2014 delete

Yupzie!! That too works pretty well! Thanks for stopping while passing by :D

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Kamal
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7/09/2014 delete

It worked genius!!!! Awsome- thanks:-)

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abhi
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8/05/2014 delete

nice n cool trick but pics and video files are still visible in gallery....am using galaxy core(jelly bean)....any other solution for this?????

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8/05/2014 delete

To be frankly abhi, I've never tried it on Jelly Bean (actually I don't have that much money, you know). Anyway there's another way. Just put a file named .nomedia in the folder you wanna hide. It might work :)

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8/05/2014 delete

Thanks Kamal. Keep coming ;)

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8/10/2014 delete

Strange. There should have been a file manager (my files) by default. Anyway you may try third party file managers like Astro or ES File Explorer.

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Gargee Sanyal
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9/03/2014 delete

Thanks a lot...do come up wid more such tricks...wi6 cn help us all youngsters!

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Dennis
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9/18/2014 delete

Damn, doesnt work with samsung galaxy grand 2, 4.4 android

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dank bisa
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10/06/2014 delete

sory but i cant press enter after add (.). ? visit me http://rempasboy.blogspot.com/

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10/21/2014 delete

Yep, sure..!! Keep coming . . :)

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10/21/2014 delete

Try an alternative process. Add a .nomedia file in the folder you wanna hide (create a text file and name it .nomedia). Hope it helped :)

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John
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1/11/2015 delete

Really its very easy. Just a dot and you're done. Thankz

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1/26/2015 delete

Welcome buddy!! ;)

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Umer Arain
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2/08/2015 delete

hello my sweet frnd.... i wana hide some apps icon from my android menu,,, bcz i dnt have permission to lock them or lock cell phone,,, wana hide fb, messenger, skype, etc aaps icon, i hope u will helpful for me,,, plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz solve my prblm as soon as possible

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2/21/2015 delete

Install a launcher (Nova or Go) and look for an option called Hide Apps in the launcher settings. It'll do the job. Cheers. :)

Check this link for some damn awesome launchers

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SMAASH
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2/24/2015 delete

Thnxx bro it was really easy ...It works in am grand 2 thnxxx once more

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UrGoblinkingXP
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3/09/2015 delete

Thanxx bro, i do appreciate it.

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Dariya
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3/10/2015 delete

Doesn't work in Android 4.2.2

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3/11/2015 delete

It should have worked. Works fine on some devices with same android version. Well, for now try using any other file manager from PlayStore.

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AyaM Sakata
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3/18/2015 delete

Very nice.. However I have to connect it to my PC so that I could rename My folder.. but it works.. Thanks..

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3/28/2015 delete

You're most welcome Ayam :)

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AKRAM SNIPER
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3/30/2015 delete

thx friend but how can i hide pix from my file i mean i wanna hide some thing and when i search for it in my file i dont wanna found it without do something

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4/01/2015 delete

Well in that case, if you turn off the "Show hidden files" option in the file manager settings, you won't be seeing any hidden files while searching in 'My Files'.

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