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

In this post, we’ll see how to view hidden files and folders in Android and Windows 10. Let’s get started.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Android

You can show and hide hidden files and folders in Android at any time you want.

Here, we’ll see three different ways to view hidden files and folders in Android (In this instance, I’m using an Android device running Oreo). You can choose the method you prefer. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Open the default file manager (the one that comes with your Android device).

Hit the “Local” tab, select the storage (Internal Storage or External Storage; In this instance, I chose the former), and then tap the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top.

Tap “Show hidden folders” option.

Show hidden folders option

That’s all. Now, you can see the hidden files and folders of the storage you’re in right now (In my case, it is Internal Storage). If you open another storage (In my case, it is External Storage), then you can see the hidden items of that storage too.

If you want to hide hidden items, then follow the above steps (1 and 2) and then hit the “Don’t show hidden folders” option.

Don't show hidden folders option

Method #2

Install and open ES File Explorer File Manager app.

Now, hit the Hamburger icon (three vertical lines) at the top.

Scroll down until you see “Show hidden files” option. Tap it.

Show hidden files option
Enabled Show hidden files option

That’s it. Now, scroll down until you see “Local.” Hit it, tap Internal Storage or SD card depending on the one you prefer, and then you can see the hidden files and folders of Internal Storage or SD card.

If you want to revert, follow the above steps.

Method #3

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

In your Android device, slide down from the top, and you can see this notification:

Notification stating USB charging this device

Expand it and then tap it.

Now, you can see this popup:

Use USB to popup

Select “Transfer files” option.

That’s it. Now, open the File Explorer in your PC, and you can see your device name. Click on it.

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

Internal and External Storages

That’s all. You can see the hidden files and folders of the corresponding storage.

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 at any time.

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

Method #1

Press Windows + E. It will open up “File Explorer.”

Click on the “View” tab in the Ribbon.

Check “Hidden items.”

Checked Hidden items

That is all. Now, you can see the hidden files, folders of your PC. Not only that, but you can also see hidden drives of your PC too.

To Hide Hidden Files, Folders and Drives

Go to the “View” tab in the Ribbon.

Uncheck “Hidden items.”

Unchecked hidden items

Method #2

Press Windows + R. In the Run Command Box, type “control folders” (without double quotes), and then Press “Enter” key.

Run Command to open File Explorer Options

It will open up “File Explorer Options.” Navigate to the “View” tab.

Find and select “Show hidden files, folders and drives.”

Selected Show hidden files, folders and drives option

Click “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 and drives.”

Click “OK” button.

View Protected Operating System Files in Windows 10

The above methods unhide the normal hidden files, folders and drives in Windows 10. However, it will 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:

Open Run Command (Windows + R). Type “control folders” (without double quotes) and then type “Enter” key.

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

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

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

Unchecked option Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

Click “Yes” on the confirmation popup.

Confirmation popup

Click “OK” button. That is all.

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 and drives.”

Click “OK” button.

Final Thoughts

I suggest you to hide the normal hidden items and protected operating system files in PC after you’ve completed your work with it. I recommend you to do the same for the Android too.

Also see:

How to Show File Extensions in Windows 10

How to Hide Desktop Icons in Windows 10


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