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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by hubris67, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. hubris67

    hubris67 Lurker
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    Has anyone figure out yet if there's a way to get the gallery to not show certain folders/pictures/vids in Ice Cream Sandwich? With earlier Android versions you could just put stuff in a .insertnamehere folder, but doesn't look to be the case now. Trying to do this without having to install an app that will "hide" them. Love my Nexus and ICS otherwise!

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  2. Lodingi

    Lodingi Well-Known Member

    I know you mentioned not using an app. I use Audio Manager to hide photos & videos. Works well.
  3. jraskell

    jraskell Newbie

    Actually, I've read that was still the case, the one catch being that you had to switch your phone from Media Device to Camera mode. I have not confirmed that myself, only passing out what I've previously read.

    Edit: Well, just tried it out, and I was able to use the .insertnamehere method even as a Media Device. (actually wasn't able to figure out how to do it in Camera mode). I created a .folder, copied a couple images into it, and those images would not show up in my Gallery.
  4. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Android Enthusiast

    can you explain how to do the "insertnamehere" method....????
  5. hubris67

    hubris67 Lurker
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    wedgemoose, if you created a folder with a "." in front of it, old versions of Android would dismiss it and the gallery wouldn't pull those pictures or videos and show them.
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  6. jraskell

    jraskell Newbie

    And I'm seeing the same behavior with ICS. So are there people not seeing this behavior, and if so, what behavior are you seeing?
  7. hubris67

    hubris67 Lurker
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    I use Astro as my file manager and I created a directory called .stuff. The folder isn't showing up and I'm having a hell of a time getting my Nexus to act right when connected to a PC. Locks up when I try to create folders or copy things over to it. I've read some other complaints about this too. When I try to do almost anything that alters the file system on the phone, Explorer will lock up on whatever PC I'm using. Have to quit the process and reconnect phone just to be able to see the drive. Anyway, I created the .stuff folder and now it's not visible in any of the formats I can view folders in so I can't put anything into it. Weird....
  8. quickaudi

    quickaudi Android Expert

    use the .folder method works for me
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  9. jraskell

    jraskell Newbie

    With regards to Astro, you have to show hidden files to see .folders. (and that settings is on a per folder basis, so you may have to enable it for multiple folders if you're hiding stuff in multiple locations)

    As for the connection issues, that's another story. Sounds like a driver/Android bug that needs to get ironed out, though I haven't seen any issues on either my Win7 or XP boxes.
  10. jbdan

    jbdan Extreme Android User

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  11. Lohung

    Lohung Android Enthusiast

    thnaks i got some pics i wanna hide lol
  12. quiksilver169

    quiksilver169 Well-Known Member

    noody pics, heh.
  13. yan193

    yan193 Newbie

    I use PhotoVault by Pacific Software. It was a free deal of the day on the Amazon App Store. You enter a password to view your private photo collection and this supposedly keeps other apps from finding your hidden photos. Doesn't Work on videos though, they require a separate app for that.
  14. GoDroidGo

    GoDroidGo Lurker

    Same here.

    Here's how:

    Launch 'My Files' and either create a folder or modify one and make sure the folder name begins with a '.' (dot).

    You can view the folder by selecting the menu options --> More --> Settings --> Show hidden files (enable this option to view).

  15. ttaylor0024

    ttaylor0024 Android Enthusiast

    just put a period in front of the folder.
  16. xinn3r

    xinn3r Member

    Is this "My Files" an app?
    I usually just use Astro
  17. ndwgolf

    ndwgolf Well-Known Member

    All my porn and pictures of the GF are kept in the App "Keep safe" wife would never find them:):):)
  18. hippoCAT

    hippoCAT Lurker

  19. CharlzO

    CharlzO Android Expert

    Was one of the things I liked about the gallery in my thunderbolt, was the native ability to show/hide albums. Quickpic is working so far (basically does the .nomedia trick on it's own). I still have to reorganize better anyway.

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