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How to hide files on Android in a simple way

Why hide files on Android?

Why would you want to hide files and documents on your Android mobile? Why choose not to see specific folders full of photos and videos? The reasons may vary. On the one hand, there is the question of privacy. From photos that we download from the Internet to files that we receive by WhatsApp, Whether for private or business use, we may want to be confidential about our mobile phone.

It may also be because you use your mobile to move files from one site to another, but you don’t want them to be continuously viewed in a Gallery app. Perhaps you have entered photos to surprise your partner and you don’t want them to notice. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of reasons. If for whatever reason you need this guide, we will tell you how hide files on Android.

Before starting

Remember that, before applying this method, there may be alternatives. When we talk about Gallery applications or Video Players, it is possible that they have an option not to read folders. That method is as valid as any other.

How to hide files on Android in a simple way

To do what we are going to tell you, you can either use a file browser on your Android mobile or connect your mobile to your computer using a USB cable. Perhaps this second option is the best, since it will allow you to drag files and create folders and documents more easily.

The first thing is: do you want to hide a ready-made folder or hide specific files in a special folder?

  • If you want to hide the files in a specific folder: Imagine that you want to hide all the covers of your music folder or all the WhatsApp photos from the Gallery app. Just go to the appropriate folder and create an empty text file called .nomedia. Once you do, check with a Gallery application that they are no longer visible.
  • If you want to hide multiple files in a hidden folder: If for example they are photos, go to the DCIM folder. Inside there create a folder called .hidden and inside it create another empty text file called .nomedia.

With these methods, you will be able to access the files using the browser, but they will not be visible in gallery applications or in players.