ExpressBasics: How to create “hidden” folders on your Android smartphone

Smartphones are the most personal devices we own today. They revolve around our private life as well as work, study and other aspects. However, with smartphones becoming so personal, privacy has become an increasing concern.

While privacy when it comes to apps is something the Android operating system has come to appreciate over the years, other users who may have access to your phone may not be so kind with your personal information. However, Android offers that you can create secret folders on your phone that are not visible in other apps.

You can store photos, videos and other media in these folders without these files showing up in other apps like Twitter or WhatsApp. Here’s how.

Step 1: Get a good file manager

Download and install any file manager that gives you access to your Android phone’s internal storage. You can also use your phone’s built-in file explorer if you can use it to create new files and folders.

If not, you can try something like Solid Explorer File Manager, which is one of the more feature-rich file explorer options out there.

Step 2: Create a new folder

Use your file explorer to create a new folder somewhere on your phone’s internal storage. This can be directly in the root storage (Internal Storage/Folders) or in another folder (Internal Storage/Downloads/Folders).

Step 3 Make the folder private

Once your folder is created, create a new file in the folder. When your file explorer app prompts you to choose between a file type, choose an empty file. You will then be prompted to create a name for the file. In the text box, set the name to “.nomedia” (that’s an empty name and a .txt extension).

Step 4: Using the folder

Once the folder is created, you can now place all media files in that folder and it will not appear in any other app. The only way to access the contents of this folder is to open it through a file explorer application or through a connected PC while browsing files.

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