How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Android and Windows 10

How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Android and Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see:

Let’s get started.

How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Android

Method #1

Open the Files app.

Hit the three vertical dots at the top left.

Tap “Settings.”

Enable (to show) or disable (to hide) “Show hidden files” option.

Method #2

Connect your Android device with the PC (I’m using Windows 10) via USB.

In your Android device, slide down from the top, and you see a notification regarding USB.

Expand it and then tap it.

Select the “File Transfer” option.

That’s it.

Now, open the File Explorer in your PC, and you see your Android device name. Double-click on it.

You see both the storage (Internal and External) of your Android device. Click on the one you prefer.

That’s all. You see the hidden files and folders of the storage you chose.


How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10

Windows 10, by default, have hidden files and folders. If you wish, you can view them and hide them back.

Here, we’ll see two diverse ways to show hidden files and folders in Windows 10. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Open File Explorer.

Click on the “View” tab in the Ribbon.

Check (to show) or uncheck (to hide) “Hidden items.”

That’s all. You see the hidden files and folders of your PC. Not only that, but you can also see hidden drives of your PC.

Method #2

Open File Explorer Options.

Navigate to the “View” tab.

Select “Show hidden files, folders, and drives.”

Click the “OK” button.

To Hide Hidden Files, Folders and Drives

Go to the “View” tab of File Explorer Options.

Select “Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives.”

Click the “OK” button.


How to View Protected Operating System Files in Windows 10

The above section’s methods unhide the normal hidden files, folders, and drives in Windows 10.

But it’ll not unhide protected operating system files.

The protected operating system files are hidden system files and folders.

If you wish to unhide them, follow the below steps:

In the File Explorer Options, navigate to the “View” tab.

Select “Show hidden files, folders, and drives.” Keep in mind, you can only see the protected operating system files when you select this option.

Uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” option.

Click “Yes” on the confirmation pop-up.

Click the “OK” button.

To Hide Protected Operating System Files

Go to the “View” tab of File Explorer Options.

Check “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).”

The above step hides protected operating system files alone. But the normal hidden items continue to be shown.

If you want to hide those hidden items, select “Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives.”

Click the “OK” button.