Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Hide or Unhide Folders on Gallery App

Currently smartphone function not only to make calls or send messages, but now the device has been turned into a device that can do many things for you. Such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, with a variety of capabilities and features inside it you can use it for various purposes such as downloading apps, sending emails, etc..

See also: How to Send Scheduled E-mail on Samsung Galaxy S3

In addition the device also comes with a huge storage and advanced cameras that allows you to take a lot of HDR photos and HD video and then save it on your Gallery app.

See also: How to Take HDR Photos with the Samsung Galaxy S3

But for some reason you do not want others to see the collection of your personal photo or video. Relax, with the Galaxy SIII you can easily hide the folder that contains the photograph or video in the gallery app on your phone.

Image Credit: webcazine.com


How to hide picture or video folder on gallery?
As written on webcazine.com, to be able to do this you just need to follow the easy steps below:
  1. For the record, you can rename the folder and add a "." in front of the name of the folder to make it invisible.
  2.  Go to Gallery app through Home screen.
  3. Long tap on the folder you want to hide.
  4. Tap on the Option key and select Rename.
  5. Enter a full-stop in front of the folder name and then tap OK.
  6. Finish. Now the folder that you want has been hidden.

How to unhide a hidden picture or video folder on gallery?
  1. If you have previously managed to hide a folder that you want, then you can also unhide the folders back. Go to My Files app through Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Option key and select Settings.
  3. Tick on the checkbox Show hidden files option.
  4. Now all hidden folders will unhide.
  5. Rename the folder name by removing the "." on the front of its existing name to make it visible.

Well, the two methods mentioned above are very easy to do and no need of third-party app required. So, you can try these methods directly on your phone and then let me know your experience by write them through the comment below :)

60 comments:

  1. I have used your steps 2 hide a few picture files now as i try and hide them they are empty... can you help retrieve the lost pix?

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    1. Hi Robert,
      Thanks for write me a comment.
      Have you tried to unhide your hidden picture files using the unhide steps I've mentioned above?

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    2. Yea I just hide a folder and you have to remember to go to -Settings - show hidden files to be able to see or even search for the file

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    3. Hi Kenny Bailey,
      Thanks for coming and willing to share your experience here. I really appreciate it. Also I've mentioned to go to Settings then checked Show hidden files option as you can see on the step #3 on how to unhide hidden file.
      However, thanks again and have a nice day :)

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    4. I cant find my pics.
      Anywere
      Help!

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    5. Hi Anneth Martinez,
      Thanks for coming.
      Do you remember the folder where you place those pictures?
      Have you enabled "Show hidden files" option in My Files app?
      CMIIW, adding "." in front of the file name in My Files app won't delete the file, it just hides the file.
      So, if you remember the folder of that pictures and have enabled "Show hidden files" option in My Files app then you should be able to find your hidden pictures and then remove "." from the file names to make them visible again in the appropriate apps (In this case in Gallery app).

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  2. I tried the unhide steps but the folder still doesn't reappear for me to take the "." away and make it visoble

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    1. Hi C Smith,
      I'm so sorry if the unhide steps I've mentioned above can't help you. You may want to try some free apps, such as ES File Manager or Astro File Manager, both of these apps will allow you to see all folders in your phone, including the hidden folder and files.
      Hope it helps :)

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    2. I did the same thing and I tore my phone apart to figure out how to get them back. What you do is go to "my files" in the apps menu. Click on the "doccuments" folder, click on "pictures" and find whatever you renamed your folder and press and hold to rename again. Drop the "." And give it a few seconds it will reappear in the gallery.

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    3. Hi There,
      Thanks for share your useful tips here. May this steps can help C Smith to solve his problem.
      Thanks again :)

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    4. I tried going to documents and it says 'no files' oh my god help me hahaa.

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    5. Hi Angela,
      Did you have a problem to unhide the hidden folder too?

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    6. On my phone, it wasn't under Documents. I clicked All Files at the top, and the folder was under Pictures within that.

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    7. Hi Mariel,
      Thanks for coming and your willing to share your useful experience here :)

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    8. hey!!
      i went to pictures in " my files". the name of the folder is visible but no pics are there inside dat folder.!
      help!! help!!

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    9. Hi Akriti Mittal,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to restart the phone first and then see whether it helps. Well, I actually don't understand why some users who leave their comments here said that they lost their pictures after they hide the folder. I've tried to duplicate the issue several times and have never experienced any issue, the picture are immediately turn up there once I unhide the hidden folder. One thing that I noticed which will cause the picture lost is whenever I try to move the picture and then I'm doing something else and not paste them. Back to the case, whatever the causes of your issue, try to use another third-party app to recover deleted pictures. I believed there are some apps in the Play Store which has the ability to do so.

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    10. I had done all the steps above and can't find my hidden pictures anywhere. why do they make this thing so complicated?

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    11. Hi Pablo,
      Thanks for coming.
      Last month, I discovered that some of hidden pictures in my Galaxy S4(with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat) were moved to the /storage/emulated/0/.hide/island/ (you have to enable "Show hidden files" option in My Files app settings to see this folder). So, try to go to this folder in your phone and then see whether your pictures are listed there.

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  3. U literally JUST have to read EACH WORD before u post. There's NO WAYY to physically lose it.. It may be under ".thumbnail"

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    1. Hi Anthony DiLullo,
      Thank you for reminds me and was pleased to share your useful knowledge here. I like someone like you, a person who can encourage others to learn to be better than before.
      Thanks again and may God always bless you :)

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  4. I've tried all the steps, and can't retrieve the folders I hide.

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    1. Hi Buddy,
      Thanks for coming.
      Seems you have a similar problem with C Smith who also leave his comment here. Try to do as what someone said under C Smith's comment: go to My files > tap the documents folder > tap pictures > find whatever you renamed your folder then long press to rename it again. Remove the "." on the front of its existing name and give it a few seconds to reappear in the gallery.
      FYI, I just post your comment only one, due to the other has similar question. I'm so sorry for that.
      Hope this helps :)

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  5. Please allow me to put in my two cents....Whatever I did to hide the folder that I wanted hidden was done on the SD card. I simply took the card out of the phone, and put it in a computer. Everything showed up, and I renamed the folder without the period, re-inserted the card into the phone, and all was back. I know it's not the greatest solution for hiding and unhiding, but at least we got our files back.

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    1. Hi Joemama613,
      Thanks for coming.
      Also thanks to your willing to share useful experience here. I really appreciate it. Hope this will provide helps to another who are encountered this problem. As we know that most of who leave their comment here were failed to unhide their hidden files so I thinks it will be alternative solution to to solve their problem.
      Thanks again and have a nice day :)

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    1. Hi M Lisin,
      Thanks for coming.
      To improve the readers experience, I decided to only publish a links that has relevancy with this blog's topis. So, I'm so sorry to remove your comment because the link inserted is not relevant with this blog's topic. Later, if you submit the comment and inserting a relevant link, surely I'll be happy to publish them in this blog :)

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  7. This doesn't actually seem to hide "folders", it seems like it only works on "albums". My gallery shows ALL of the covers from my eBook folder, which makes it really annoying when I really only want to see true "pictures". They each appear in their own "album", which through this method I would have to hide like 70 albums.

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    1. Hi Buddy,
      Thanks for coming.
      FYI, you can also do the "hide folder" step through the My File apps by renaming the folder contains your eBook and put "." in front of the folder's name. This will make the picture invisible on the Gallery apps.
      Hope this helps :)

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  8. Ok, I can't find my album. I looked under files > documents; I looked under files> pictures; I looked everywhere in the files and I can't find it. I hooked my sd card to my Mac, but apparently my pictures are saved to my phone, so I linked my phone to my Mac; I downloaded android file transfer; I've been searching everywhere and I don't know where to find my album. Why would you still have this page up when it's obviously a faulty method?! Please tell me what to do so I can find them. I don't know where else to look.

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    1. Hi Bittyballofcurly,
      Thanks for coming.
      Usually the picture taken by the camera will be saved into the Camera folder under DCIM folder (see through the My File apps). Once you've checked the option to show hidden file, then go to the DCIM folder then you'll see the hidden folder turn up there with "." in the front of the folder name. Next, rename the folder and remove "." from there, wait for a few seconds then the folder will be visible again in the Gallery apps. I just tried this steps again with my phone, and it works. So, I really so sorry if you were disappointed with this post and find nothing useful from here.

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  9. None of your suggestions have worked for me. I opted to hide one of the albums in my gallery and now can't find it anywhere.

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    1. Hi KT,
      Thanks for coming.
      Also I'm so sorry if none of these steps is works for you. But, can you please tell me what the album you have hide? Is it albums contains a picture taken by the camera or else? If so, try to check to the Camera apps settings to know what the storage option you're using, is it phone or memory? If you use the phone, then the picture will be saved on your internal memory in the Camera folder under DCIM folder, if you use the memory, then it will be saved on the SD Card in the Camera folder under DCIM folder. Once you've known or remember the location, you can go to the folder through My Files apps then perform the "unhide" steps.
      Hope this helps :)

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  10. Followed steps to unhide...found the folder, removed the period in front of the name and its not showing back up in my gallery. Furthermore when I click on details of the folder it says 0MB. AND NO FILES! Did this delete all my pictures and videos?

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    1. Hi Antonia Johnson,
      No, It didn't. Once you remove the period in front of the folder name, the folder should be show up again on Gallery app. However, try to restart your phone then see whether it helps :)

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    2. Thanks for replying. Restarting my phone did not being my album in the gallery app. Any other suggestions or am I out of luck?

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    3. Hi Antonia Johnson,
      I'm still curious about it, if you don't mind try to hide another folder and then unhide, then see if the file inside is still there or not. I've tried to duplicate your issue and the files is not removed.

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    1. Hi Anakin Humphrey,
      Thanks for coming.
      Full-stop = . (the punctuation usually used or placed to indicate the end of sentences)
      Hope this helps :)

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  12. Can you help me. I had pictures that i screenshotted, saved from facebook, and the ones i took all in a album i decided to hide to try. i tried everything you said and i cannot find it.

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    1. Hi Joy Chun,
      Thanks for coming.
      Have you enabled the "Show hidden files" option in My File app? If so, try to look at the DCIM folder under sdcard or extSdCard to find your hidden folder--if you remember the folder's name, you can try to search the folder by utilizing the serch icon--. Once you find the folder, remove the full-stop in front of the folder to unhide the folder.
      Hope this helps :)

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  13. I also encountered the same issues as many others had posted, but found this and was able to access my hidden items, then hide them again. It's very easy. The main thing I think is to press the back button after you unhide the files and also give a minute or two for them to show back up. Hope this helps! :-) http://www.techsum4u.info/2012/09/how-to-reveal-hidden-folders-on-samsung_4393.html?m=1

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    1. Hi DriferNtheDark,
      Thanks for coming and share your thought here.
      Also thanks to leave us a useful link. ohh, yep seems you're right about the Back button.
      May God always bless you :)

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  14. i was able to hide my folder but i am not able to un hide it.. plz help

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    1. Hi Angel Carrasquillo,
      Thanks for coming.
      Please make sure you have checked "Show hidden files" option in My Files app settings and then remove the "." in the front of the folder's name.
      Hope this helps :)

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    2. when I renamed my folder I never put " " but I followed the steps to unhide and even renamed the album and I still cant see my unhiden album. it tells me "unfortunately gallery has stoped" I have GallaxyS3 I can see my album on my computer but no pictures inside

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    3. Hi Karla Navarrete,
      Thanks for coming.
      CMIIW, can I conclude that you that you have managed to unhide that folder in the My Files app but couldn't open your Gallery app?
      If so, seems your Gallery app contains a corrupted image or so. Try installing QuickPic app from the Play Store and then find the corrupted images and delete them. Once done, try opening your Gallery app and then see whether it helps :)

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  15. Anybody know how to hide a folder on the new 4.3 system? Thanks in advance

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    1. Hi Buddy,
      Thanks for coming.
      I just tried to hide a folder on my S4 with the Android 4.3 inside using the step mentioned above, and it works. CMIIW, I believe that this step is a basic way used by the Android system to read the folders therefore this step is applicable in any Android version.

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  16. Mine showed up under .hide folder; "island" (no quotation marks). This was after I chose to unhide docs. Try there... I was also unsuccessful until I looked there

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    1. Hi Justha4ofus,
      Thanks for coming and share your experience here.
      I'm so wondering why some users experienced lost data/can't find hidden folder. I several times try this method and have never experienced any issue. The hidden folder or file will be show up shortly once I remove a "." in front of the folder/file's name. Even I've never seen .hide folder in My Files app. It's so weird.
      Anyway, thanks again :)

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  17. I to have lost pics and vid. When I pressed gallary and went to my pics, I pressed the main menu tab on bottom of phone, options were;

    select album
    slideshow
    hide photo
    content to display
    scan for nearby devices
    settings

    After I chose to hide photos if I went back to the main menu button while in the gallary it would then give me the option to show hidden photos

    Now the hide photo show hidden photo option is not there!!! it just disappeared

    Help!

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    1. Hi James Patterson,
      Thanks for coming.
      Can you please tell me, what's your Android version? Is it a Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4? FYI, I don't have hide photo and show hidden photo options in Galaxy S3 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but I have these options in my Galaxy SIV after I updated it to Android 4.4 Kitkat. These options only available in an album that is saved in the internal storage.

      And also, since when do you realize that both options are disappeared from Gallery app? Did you made any change before losing both options(install any app, change settings, update OS)?

      Anyway, I've just tried to duplicate your issue with my Galaxy S4, clear data of the Gallery app(you won't lose any picture, but if you're worry you can backup your photos and video first before doing it) brings back the hidden photos. So, you can also try to do so to get back your hidden photos and videos.

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  18. can hide from the gallery but by using the video player to browse, the hidden video can still be seen

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    1. Hi Bajorjor1,
      Thanks for coming,
      Yes, you're right. This step works to hide photos/videos from the Gallery app. But, it doesn't work to hide videos from video player.
      However, if you want to hide video from video player, you can use the following steps:
      1. Open ES File explorer(If you don't have this app, you can get it from the Play Store) and then navigate to the folder where you save the video you wish to hide.
      2. Long tap the video file to select it.
      3. Tap Rename icon located at the bottom of the screen.
      4. Add ".nomedia" behind the video name, for example rename video_name.mp4 become video_name.mp4.nomedia
      5. The video won't be displayed in the Gallery app and the Video player app.
      Hope it helps :)

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    2. Go to My Files/Device Storage/.hide. Your files should be there.

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    3. Hi SinginRia,
      Thanks for coming.
      I also noticed about it in my S4 with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. When I hid pictures using "hide items" option in Gallery app, some pictures didn't found when I tried displaying them using "Show hidden items" option in Gallery app. Apparently, all of hidden pictures were moved into device storage/.hide/island/
      So, I agree with you. If we can't find hidden pictures that we have hidden before from the Gallery app, we should be able to find them through My Files app in the device storage/.hide/island/ folder.

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  19. My phone keep giving me an error and booting me off my gallary, i was told to download an app to see my currupt image but there's no way to tell since is a list not an actually picture. HELP I still cant see my hidden images

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    1. Hi Karla Navarrete,
      Thanks for coming.
      Finding corrupted images:
      Try installing QuickPic app to find corrupted images (it's usually displayed with gray box or incomplete image) on your phone. If any, delete that corrupted images so that your Gallery app won't encounter any error anymore.

      Can't find hidden pictures:
      If you hide those pictures using the hide option in the Gallery, try to go to .hide folder in the internal storage (make sure you have enabled "Show hidden files" in the My Files app to see this folder). Some hidden pictures are sometimes moved there automatically.

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  20. Can photos just appear in the hidden photos without someone putting it there?

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    1. Hi Leona Smith,
      Thanks for coming.
      No, it can't. You have to hide the photos manually.

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