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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by drummexx, Aug 23, 2021.

  1. drummexx

    drummexx Lurker
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    How do I get LG v40 thinq to stop showing old/previously viewed/recieved pictures in plave of other new photos I've recieved from my friends? Many of these photos I am shown in place of the newly received pics are not even on my phone anymore...

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    what app are you using?
  3. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Delete your thumbnails.

    You may have to show hidden files in your file manager,and look for a folder called .thumbnails it is probably in DCIM.
  4. drummexx

    drummexx Lurker
    Thread Starter

    To the above solution, I thought this would work but just checked and am still having the same problem...
  5. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Thumbnails wil be rebuilt by any app that wants to.

    The trick?

    Open your file manager.
    Set it to show hidden files.

    Find .thumbnails (the ' . ' is very important).

    Delete it.

    Now, create your own file, not folder, called .thumbnails.

    The reason this works is that Android only allows one file/folder to have any given name in a given position.

    So, if it is a folder there, then whatever app is building a folder.
    If you eliminate that, and make a file called .thumbnails, then the folder called .thumbnails cannot be created.

    likewise visa versa.

    If you only eliminate .thumbnails, a new one will be created, whereas if you create a folder called .thumbnails it will simply be updated with new info.

    It is imperitive that you create a replacement file/folder of the opposite type and use the exact same name.

    One more thing- this will be an empty file/folder, and many 'cleaner' apps will delete such things, and so the problem will resurface again.
    Most cleaner apps will have a whitelist or some other way to prevent this.
  6. steiny180

    steiny180 Android Enthusiast

    Select to "sort by most recent" option in your app...
  7. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

  8. drummexx

    drummexx Lurker
    Thread Starter

    @puppykickr Much thanks but can this be done from the phone? Don't see an option for creating a file here.
  9. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert


    I don't understand.

    Creating what file?

    The link is to an app you put onto the phone.

    You would find and delete the photos from there.

    Or, you could search through the settings on your messages app and try to find something about cleaning up old messages.

    But if they are no longer on your device, the remnants that you see are thumbnails.

    Another idea- some file recovery apps can allow you to see such things and delete them as well.
    I would post a link, but I can't remember what app I used for that.
  10. drummexx

    drummexx Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Ohh okay I was doing it through the "file manager" app that comes pre installed on the phone in the management folder. Can it not be done there? And the file I would have created would have been the .thumbnails one you mentioned.

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