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

In this post, you’ll see the steps to show hidden files and folders in Android and Windows 10.

You’ll also be able to view how to view protected operating system files in Windows 10. 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) the “Show hidden files” option.

Method #2

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

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

Expand it and then tap it.

Select the “File Transfer” option.

That’s it.

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

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

That’s all. You can 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, has hidden files and folders. If you wish, you can view them and hide them back.

Here, you’ll see two diverse ways to display 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 can see the hidden files and folders on 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.

How 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 won’t unhide protected operating system files.

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

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

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.

How 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. However, 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.

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