How to Hide Files and Folders in Android without Any Apps

You may have some personal stuff on your device you don’t want others to see.

If so, then you need to hide it to keep it off from other’s views.

On an Android device, you can do it with no apps. In this post, we will see two diverse ways to do this task. Let’s get started.

Hide Files and Folders without any Apps

Method #1

Dot Method

Go to your file manager. Enable the “Show hidden files” option to see the hidden files in your file manager.

Open the menu and select “Create folder”.

Provide the name as per your choice. But place dot (.) before the file name. For this instance, I’m creating a folder named “.mydata”.

Alternatively, you can place the dot before the existing folder name to hide its contents.

From now on, placing any content within the folder “.mydata” will be hidden and it won’t be visible on Gallery, multimedia players, and anywhere.

In our instance, the sub-folder and all the items within the “.mydata” folder are hidden and will be shown nowhere.

What happens when you place a dot (.) before individual file name (such as Image, video, and PDF)?

Image – the images will not be shown on any app. But unfortunately, the Gallery is not giving constant results. When I test, it is showing the hidden images most of the time and sometimes not.

Video – The case of the video is the same as the image.

PDF – the PDF is not shown anywhere.

Here are the couple of things to note:

The files within the hidden folders such as (.mydata) will be visible on the computer.

Before giving your phone to others, disable the “Show hidden files” option.

Method #2

.Nomedia Method

What is .nomedia?

It is just an empty file with an extension nomedia. Generally .nomedia file tells the Android apps to not display the contents of the folder in which it presents.

Here are some things to remember:

.nomedia is a file and not a folder.

It only works for the media files (such as photos and videos).

The folder which contains the .nomedia file is always visible in the file manager. But the .nomedia file will only be visible to you if you have enabled the “Show hidden files” option.

You can place the .nomedia file within the new or existing folder to make its content hidden.

Well, let’s see the steps to create a .nomedia file.


Just select any junk file.

Copy and paste it in the folder you want. I will paste this into the “mydata” folder.

Now, rename it as .nomedia.

All the files and folders within the “mydata” folder are hidden now and will not be shown on Gallery, multimedia players and so on.

You may think, what will happen to the PDF file within the mydata folder?

The PDF file doesn’t hide by the .nomedia file and the PDF readers can still detect the PDF file within the “mydata” folder.

Remember, .nomedia file is for the media files only.


​An alternative method to create .nomedia file:

Some file managers such as ES File Explorer have the luxury to create a new file.

If you prefer, you can create a new file named “.nomedia” using that app.

Final Thoughts

You can use any of the methods as per your needs. I suggest you go with the first method as much as possible.

Because the first method is the easy and flawless one to unhide files and folders.