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Old 02-26-2009, 06:15 AM   #1
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I have seen this posted on multiple forums but nobody seems to be able to give an answer so I thought I would try asking


Any image I have on my SD card, regardless of what folder it is in, will appear in my gallery. Is there a way to stop images appearing in here (I notice the built in wall papers don't) so that you would need to use a file managment application to open the image.

I know for a fact that I am not the only person who has images that they do not want in the gallery, especially when having a G1 you are continously asked if people can have a go with it.

I have tried setting the folder to hidden in windows then putting the card back in but this doesn't work, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a way of naming the folder etc that would stop the gallery picking up the images but I am yet to find out what it is.


Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:27 AM   #2
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Sorted... courtesy of a google search taking me to the android community forum... use a file manager (e.g. Astro) and create a folder with its name starting with a "." this will be ignored by the pictures application, allowing you to only view these images with astro for example....

I had to open and close the gallery a few times before the images disapeared but seems to be working fine
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Yes it's annoying.
I'm waiting for that kind of application too.
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:23 AM   #4
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At least this is a temporary work around... if you put the images on via the computer its fine, if you download them from the net for example on your phone you need to move them manually and the best bet is to reboot the phone then they are hidden.

I'm happy with this for the moment.
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:35 AM   #5
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just some trivia, the ".filename" is the linux way for naming a hidden file (where as windows uses a flag for hidden files) this is actually the behavior I'd have expected being it is related to linux. Glad to see they stuck with the standards.
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Too bad it is deleting my pictures after a reboot.. the videos are not deleted. Strange
I am running cupcake
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Excellent. Should have thought of this myself since I also use Linux on a laptop. But I did not.
I've tried it and it works perfectly.
Linking to a computer to change the file name works well and does not require Android re-boot.
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