How to hide photos from the galley of your Android
June 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
The tablet and smartphone end up containing records of virtually any movement of ours throughout the days. The issue of privacy worries many users, who increasingly have more zeal to be "forced" to give a significant amount of access to developers when they install an application. However, even in face-to-face situations there is a certain sensitive material that we don't want to have in view of the curious or of accidental observers.
Today we show you a trick to keep certain personal images or videos, so that they do not appear neither in the Gallery, nor in the Google Photos app. Similarly, sometimes you can mix album covers or books or video captures with photos taken or downloaded from our computer and we don't like them being there, because they break the basic organization. This trick Android native can also be applied in that case.
We need a browser
Many Android they bring a file browser preinstalled, however, those who run a pure version of the operating system, such as the Nexus, dispense with this type of app; even if they are really useful. My favorite in this regard, by mere question of functions, is ES File Explorer, although in recent days I have been testing File Explorer and I must say that its interface is powerful and is much better adapted to Lollipop's guidelines than its rival. Even so, it has the downside of not being translated into Spanish.
We leave here links to both. Any of them will serve the purposes of this tutorial, even the one that comes standard on your smartphone or tablet for sure.
Select images and group them
First, launch the browser and create a folder which, for example, we will call personal.
Now we must look for those images that we want to hide. Inside the local disk we will have a folder called DCIM where the photographs taken with the camera are usually stored. In the folder Download browser downloads are saved and in Pictures We found the screenshots. At least that is how it works on my computer, but surely yours will be similar.
We select the images, first with a long press on one of them and then marking with a cut all the others. We give to cut and the we hit in the personal folder that we previously generated.
Make the contents disappear
So that the contents are not visible in the Gallery or in the Google Photos app we need to apply an Android trick, for many unknown, which consists of the following: inside the folder where we have the images we will create a new files The procedure is the same as generating a folder. However, we will give the file the name of ?.Nomedia?, Without the quotes.
Once we have followed all these steps we can go to the gallery app and check that those photos no longer appear that we wanted to preserve, although we can always access them from the file explorer, looking inside the folder where we have saved them.
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