How to hide pictures from your Gallery or Camera application on your Galaxy S phone

Posted on Jan 5 2011 - 9:55am by P.Schmitz

Sometimes photos have some sensitive material in them and unfortunately Android doesn’t make it easy for those pics to be hidden from the Gallery or Camera Review feature without deleting them entirely.  One of our readers, Michael Bourgeois, ran into this exact problem when trying to purchase a present for a family member.  After exhausting every method and searching through every menu/settings he could think of in Android to hide the photos he stumbled upon this great little app on the Market.

Its called FotoSafer and allows you to passcode encrypt photos to a folder on your phone’s storage.  The app is very easy to setup.  When you start it for the fist time it asks for a passcode and then a question/answer combo (so you can recover a passcode later should you forget it).  From there you can browse your Gallery for pictures and encrypt them with the app, effectively hiding them from the Gallery or Camera Review feature.

The lite version allows you to encrypt up to 20 photos while the paid version (for $1.50) offers unlimited encryptions.  Both are available on the market right now and we have the QR code for the lite version below along with a small screenshot gallery of the app.  Also let us know if you figure out a way to do this without deleting the file or downloading an app from the market in the comments below.

Here are two more tips courtesy of users Cowboy and SantaClaw!

  1. Create an empty file with the name “.nomedia” (make sure to include the period before the n) in whichever folder(s) you don’t want your pictures and videos to be scanned in and voila, the android media manger won’t add those to your library.
  2. There is also an app called HideItPro which has no “hide” limit and can hide pics, vids, and apps!  It even disguises its own name by showing up as Audio Manager in your App Drawer.

Thanks again to Michael Bourgeois for the tip and solution!

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Steeb February 16, 2011 at 4:03 am -

    Hi, I created the .nomedia file at the top of my directory tree and now my phone can’t see any of my files. Also I cant see the .nomedia file in file manager so can’t delete it! How do I delete the .nomedia file? Thanks.

  2. P.Schmitz January 10, 2011 at 11:35 am -

    Thanks for those additional suggestions, I’ll re-write the article and credit both of you for the finds.

  3. SantaClaw January 10, 2011 at 6:57 am -

    Try the free app HideItPro, it has no file limit, you can hide also videos and apps but the best thing is: you’ll see its name as “Audio manager” (a working audio manager!)

  4. Cowboy January 8, 2011 at 7:28 am -

    I ran into the same problem and found a quick and smart solution: if you put a zero bytes file named .nomedia (note the filename beginning with a dot) into the folder you want to hide, the media scanning procedure (wich runs just after booting the phone) will not “notice” any multimedia files from that folder including any subdirectories below it.
    In this way you can hide from the gallery and music player not only pictures but even videos and music files. Anyway the files can still be accessed through any file manager and then opened.

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