Best Way to Hide Files on Android SD Card

There are many reasons why you might want to keep certain files private on your Android device. Preventing the likes of WhatsApp and other apps from bringing up options when you want to post something is one, especially when we’re having online meetings so often these days, which can include sharing your screen to show things off to colleagues. It could also be that you’re putting together a collection of images for a surprise birthday gift for a partner, and you don’t want them to accidentally stumble upon them when they borrow your phone.

How can I hide individual files in Android?

If you want to hide just one file or select a few, this can be easily achieved. On your device, open the File Manager app (usually called My Files on Samsung devices or Files on plain Android). Select the relevant storage medium (usually either internal storage or the SD card if your device has that option), then navigate to the file or files you want to hide.

You press and hold the file until some menu options appear. Tap the three dots in the top right corner then select Rename. Now, all you need to do is add a full-stop (or period for our American readers) to the beginning of the file name. Once you’ve done that, tap Rename and you’ll see that the file has now disappeared from the list.

Don’t worry, it’s still there, just hidden from view. You can repeat this process for as many files as you like, knowing that they won’t be damaged but will be obscured from anyone who has access to your files looking at your phone or apps. If you want to view this file, scroll down as we will explain how to do it below.

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How do I hide folders on Android?

The process for hiding folders is the same as for individual files. So, make sure that you have already got all the files saved in the folder, then follow the steps mentioned above. Only this time rename the folder instead of the file.

How can I see hidden files and folders on Android?

So, files or folders are now hidden from view. That’s great, but you can’t see them, which isn’t great. This is a quick fix though. All you need to do is open the File Manager app and tap on the three dots in the top right corner and select Settings. Here, scroll down until you see the Show hidden system files option, then turn it on.

Now, if you go back to the hidden files or folders you should see at the top of the list, slightly grayed out to indicate their hidden status. Note that the files are only visible in the File Manager app, so they still won’t appear in WhatsApp or your camera roll until you rename them, removing the full-stop (period) from the beginning of their filenames.