How to Prevent Certain Photos from Showing Up in Android’s Gallery or Google Photos


Look, we get it: you don’t want every picture showing up in your gallery app on your Android phone. The thing is, there’s not an easy way to just let Gallery or Google Photos know you want to keep certain photos (or even folders) private. But there is a workaround.

Before we get started, let’s talk about apps that are dedicated to this very thing: yes, there are tons of them in the Play Store. But I’ll tell you know now that we’re not going that direction with this piece. If you like those, then by all means, use one! This is how to keep things from showing up in the gallery without the need for some third-party software (well, outside of a file manager, which many of you probably already have).

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Yes, you’ll need a file manager. We recommend Solid Explorer, but if you already have one you like, that’s cool too.

One more noteworthy thing before we get into the meat and potatoes, too. If you use Google Photos, you’ll want to make sure the backup and sync options are turned off. Because that thing is pretty fast and efficient about backing your pictures up, so if you want to keep things hidden you’d have to move the files instantly. That’s a lot of hassle, so it’s probably best just to keep backup and sync disabled if you want to keep things personal.

There are a couple of ways to go about this whole “hide pictures” thing: you can make a new folder and move pictures that you’d like to be hidden into said folder, or you can…

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