Saturday, 10 September 2011

How to hide files on a Samsung Galaxy S2

 Recently on a forum I saw someone asking for a way to hide files, most notably pictures and videos. Although I'm being a bit presumptuous I'm guessing this is someones secret "Naughty" stash. As a result of being asked it was only fair to find out...could we really hide files in Samsung's flagship phone?

The Answer was yes!

Firstly you need to open up "My files" (which you can find in the app drawer) and then press the phones menu button which should give you a screen like the one on the left. When you get this menu select on
"More" from the bottom corner. After this you will see a new menu with 4 options (like the screen on the right) from this menu you need to select "Settings".

The "Settings" menu shows only 3 options, "Show hidden files", "Show files extension" and "Set home directory". You should see that "Show hidden files" is unticked, you need to tick this box then press the phones "Back" button.

After pressing "Back" you will be taken back to the "My files" screen except you will notice a number of folders that weren't there earlier. These new folders at the top will all have a "." in front of them.

Now you actually have 2 options. You can use one of the existing "." folders or create your own "." folder (for example ".nakedgirls") and then move what ever you want to hide into that folder. So for moving the files you will need to find them on your phone (likely in Download or Dcim) and then move them as you would any other file (full guide on moving files can be read here).

Hidden files can only be accessed through going into "My Files" and opening the folder, and the files do take a few moments extra to actually load, though they won't show on gallery. The perfect way to hide the stuff you don't want other people to find.

Note this allows you to hide not only pictures on your Samsung Galaxy S2 but videos as well, in fact it allows you to hide any type of file on your phone, though for many people these will be known as "porn folders" they do have some legitimate uses.

21 comments:

  1. Is there away to keep the files in the photo gallery and just lock them?

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  2. As in have them in the gallery and hidden/password protected? I think you'd need to use an app sadly.

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  3. Having troubles even opening up 'my files'... Can anyone provide some extra instruction?

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  4. Hi hnsummer,
    To open "my files" you may need to click on "Applications" and find "my files" in the app drawer :-). Try that.

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  5. Is this something that can be done from the phone directly or does it have to be plugged into a pc?

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  6. It's from the phone directly, you don't need to plug it into a PC.

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  7. Thank you for posting this. Media hub on my galaxy s2 had an update which caused videos I downloaded from them to not register inside their program's media center. It was driving me mad knowing I had movie files I couldn't see or delete taking up space.

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  8. Can you hide pictures in a samsung flip phone? How do u hide/unhide them?

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  9. If the phone runs Android you can hide them the same way, sadly if the phone doesn't run Android you can't hide them in this way.

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  10. If all pics on this flip phone are black, but the pics are there, does that mean the phone is broken or is there a way to unblack them out?

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  11. my question is not about files but about the "media hub", forgot my password and I do not know what to do. Until I can either remember it or get a reset I am unable to buy anymore movies.

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  12. Hi Jenna-
    I would advise turning the phone off then on, if that doesn't help try putting the files on to a computer it may be that the files are either not being opened by the phone or the files are damaged.

    Kjskebe-You should try to reset the password, I can't see any other alternative sadly. Sorry about that.

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  13. awesome! thanks for the help :)

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  14. could you put an app in a folder like this and it still be able to function properly?

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  15. how to make the hidden file view in wave 3??

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  16. Its so perfect and easy what u said. Thanks a lot S.Graveson.Boxing
    :)

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  17. Thanks a lot.It was of great help.Way to go

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  18. how to hidden a file in samsung galaxy grand

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  19. Thank you. It worked easily.
    When I access the pics they only let me view one at a time and not swipe or slideshow even if I select all.
    Anything that can be done about that?

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