1. Are you ready for the Galaxy S20? Here is everything we know so far!

What are all of these hidden files in my storage and can I get rid of them safely?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Quadra1, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. Quadra1

    Quadra1 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hey there, I'm using a Sony Xperia XZ1 G8341, and I've recently noticed that there's lots of hidden files in my storage, you know those that start with a dot. They don't take too much space but I'm not sure what is their purpose or if they can be deleted safely. My device is not rooted so I shouldn't be able to brick it that easily but I'm not sure. I'll attach some Screenshots if I can for you to see what files I'm talking about. Screenshot_20180919-181514.png Screenshot_20180919-181525.png
     

    Attached Files:



  2. dickthedev

    dickthedev Newbie

    No I won't touch them, They are hidden for a reason. many of them are system files. If you delete them you Andriod will go hey wired or even die. .Leave them be, DON'T TOUCH THEM!!
     
    lvt likes this.
  3. lvt

    lvt Android Expert

    This.

    Having many files isn't a big deal, your device is only limited by storage space, not files count.
     
  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Generally hidden files and folders (with the preceding . ) are indeed hidden for a specific reason, commonly to prevent them from being deleted by unknowing or over-zealous users. Most data that's not vital are dumped in an app's cache while things like saved settings, configuration files, and user I.D. and password get stored in those hidden folders.
    Sometimes there's the matter where a user wants to delete an app completely and during the process its hidden folder isn't deleted so those might accumulate after a while, especially if there's been a lot of activity installing apps and later uninstalling them. In that instance you might be able to just delete that folder manually using a file manager app, but this also depends on where it's located, you'll only have full access to things residing in the user data partition. Unless you're rooted, you won't be able to do anything with files/folders in any of the system-level directories anyway.
     
    Dannydet likes this.
  5. Quadra1

    Quadra1 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    While I do agree some of them might be system files I've already deleted some of the ones I knew were safe to remove and many of them were ads, thumbnails and other junk and leftovers from uninstalled apps, not sure why the developers decided to make their junk hidden though.

    I do know that the amount of files I have doesn't affect my storage, most of those only have some kb of data, I want to delete them because they're annoying to look at and I'm not a fan of having a bunch of files whose purpose is unknown. I assumed all of them were just junk files from uninstalled apps since actual important system files wouldn't be so easy to delete, but I guess I'll leave them alone.
     
  6. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    If their presence does bother you that much than just go ahead and delete them, just be selective about it. Orphaned, left-over files/folders serve no purpose, it's just the ones that correspond to the apps you have installed and still use that should be left as is.
     
Loading...
Similar Threads - are hidden files
  1. Basher93
    Replies:
    6
    Views:
    145
  2. PolluxDevelopers
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    212
  3. gdstudiogame
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    368
  4. Sunshining
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    494
  5. masplin
    Replies:
    10
    Views:
    422
  6. Meek Bits
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    236
  7. Sapphiregirl
    Replies:
    5
    Views:
    1,433
  8. OneDeep80
    Replies:
    20
    Views:
    2,044
  9. radriar
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    515
  10. Lana30
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    930

Share This Page

Loading...