How To View Hidden Files On Android Devices

Here's how to access hidden files on Android

Every Android device has a set of hidden files. Some have been hidden by the manufacturer, others by the user.

There are some instances in which you might need to see some of these files. For example, viewing hidden files may help you discover what is causing the problem if you're trying to troubleshoot an error or software problem.

Not sure how to view these files on your Android smartphone or tablet? Check out the methods below, and you'll manage to do it in no time.

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How To View Hidden Files On Android Devices

You can access some hidden files through File manager and others through the Gallery. Please see the steps for both methods.

How to view hidden files on Android using File Manager

Here's how you can view hidden files on Android using the File Manager on your device.

  • Open the File Manager app on your Android smartphone or tablet. On Samsung Galaxy devices, it is called My Files.
  • Tap the menu (usually, a hamburger icon, three horizontal lines in the corner of the screen)

  • Next, tap Settings
  • On some devices, you'll see "Show hidden files" at this point
  • On other devices, you will have to tap Advanced Settings, and then you'll see the option for the hidden files to be shown.
  • Tap on the switch next to it

That's it. You now have access to hidden files on Android.

How to view hidden albums on Android

If you have hidden photos and albums on your Android, you can access them in seconds through the Gallery. Here is how:

  • Launch the Gallery app on your Android
  • Tap the menu button
  • Next, tap Settings

  • Now tap on the option "View hidden albums."

You'll now see all your hidden photos and albums. Simple, isn't it?

If your phone works fine, both methods will give results, and the hidden files will show up. If that doesn't happen for some reason, you can use data recovery software. Such software allows you to access hidden files on your smartphone or tablet.

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