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  1. p0rky

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    I'm trying to determine the actual storage location of three images on my Nexus 5x. I don't actually care about the photos, I'm just increasingly curious about where exactly they are being stored.

    I'll do my best to explain this as directly as possible. I apologize in advance if this is overly long.

    Let's say I want to text someone an image using the stock Messages app. I open a new message, hit the + , and then select the 'gallery' icon that appears at the top left of all of the images that show up. This takes me to "Recent" and shows me a series of images, including the three images that I'm curious about.


    Here's the deal:
    • The only placed I can see these images is in the "Recent" menu of the Messages app as described above.
    • From there, I am able to successfully attach them to a message and send them.
    • The images do not appear in any of the available device folders in the stock Photos App.
    • I'm rooted and have attempted to search the storage using Total Commander, but have been unable to locate these three images in this way (including simply searching for all images)
    • To the best of my knowledge, these images were not backed up to any cloud service. I did look through my dropbox account and they are not there.
    • Additionally, this is my second Nexus 5x (the first one was recently replaced under warranty), and the three images in question were taken using the first phone.
    • The SIM was transferred from the old phone to the new one, but a factory reset was performed before this was done, and has been performed once since then on the second device.
    • Finally, I used an application called AB Commander to try and use my PC to search through the phone. I pulled every image from phone, but these three were not among them.
    • These three images were originally sent via SMS using the stock Messages app.
    Again, I could care less about the images themselves, but the more I unsuccessfully search for their stored location, the more obsessed I become with finding them!

    Thank you for your time.
     

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  2. Dannydet

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    Use a file explorer and look in the media folder, but it's dependent on the messaging app.
    I use Textra, so by default they are stored in the Textra folder. Your gallery app should tell you the exact folder also.
     
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    Look for a settings option in your search app and unselect 'recognise .nomedia' if possible. Otherwise look in the .dthumbs/.thumbdata folders of your phone.
     
  4. lion7718

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    Were the pics taken in the normal way or are they from Capture Picture..to insert into a text..?? It is possible that you are seeing them only because you have them in a text message somewhere. If you delete all your texts, it will probably remove those pics from recent.
     

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