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  1. trevorcroft's Avatar
    My whatsapp folder has pictures in it that I don't want people to immediately see when people go to my picture app, is there a way to not show the picture previews as the folder icons? Or perhaps set one or two pics as the only preview pics to use?

    Posted via CB10
    06-18-14 08:39 AM
  2. jaydee5799's Avatar
    Not in the picture app. What do you mean when people go to your picture app?
    If you are handing someone your phone and you don't want certain pics seen, you need to lock the folders using a third party app.
    06-18-14 08:50 AM
  3. trevorcroft's Avatar
    What app(s) do you recommend for locking folders? And will it prevent the OS from showing thumbnail previews?

    I'd also like to be able to stop certain bbm contacts from showing in my home screen running bbm icon.

    Posted via CB10
    06-18-14 10:44 AM
  4. PatrickMJS's Avatar
    If you have a folder on your phone, and you don't want the photos in there to appear in the Pictures App, you can place an empty file named ".nomedia" in that folder.

    There are other threads here on CB that explain how to do this. But the basic method is to do this while the phone is connected to a windows computer. Using the windows explorer, navigate to the folder, right click, select "new" "text document", name it ".nomedia" (without the quotation marks LOL, and with no other characters or extensions like .txt), and save. There you go.
    moody likes this.
    06-19-14 10:44 AM
  5. moody's Avatar
    If you have a folder on your phone, and you don't want the photos in there to appear in the Pictures App, you can place an empty file named ".nomedia" in that folder.

    There are other threads here on CB that explain how to do this. But the basic method is to do this while the phone is connected to a windows computer. Using the windows explorer, navigate to the folder, right click "new file", name it ".nomedia" (without the quotation marks LOL), and save. There you go.

    Posted via CB10
    That's awesome! Thanks!



    Z30STA100-3/10.3.0.296 & Q10SQN100-2/10.3.0.296
    06-19-14 10:46 AM
  6. moody's Avatar
    It didn't work for me. I added .nomedia as a text doc no ext just as you said. But thumbs still show in folders via pic app

    Z30STA100-3/10.3.0.296 & Q10SQN100-2/10.3.0.296
    06-19-14 10:11 PM
  7. PatrickMJS's Avatar
    It didn't work for me. I added .nomedia as a text doc no ext just as you said. But thumbs still show in folders via pic app

    Z30STA100-3/10.3.0.296 & Q10SQN100-2/10.3.0.296
    How did you create the .nomedia file?

    Posted via CB10
    06-20-14 10:34 AM
  8. moody's Avatar
    Turned on mass storage. Connected via usb to laptop. Opened a folder w/ pics in it using windows explorer, right clicked, chose create text doc typed .nomedia saved it closed everything up. Unplugged, turned mass storage off.



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    06-20-14 11:54 PM
  9. PatrickMJS's Avatar
    OK I hate to ask, but when you "typed in" .nomedia, did you type it into the name of the file or into the body / contents of the text file?

    Posted via CB10
    06-21-14 10:15 AM
  10. moody's Avatar
    As the name of the file. I didn't type anything into the file it's self. Is that where I went wrong?

    Z30STA100-3/10.3.x.xxx & Q10SQN100-2/10.3.X.XXX
    06-21-14 11:33 AM
  11. sinkingphoenix's Avatar
    Does it still have the text file icon? If so, it might be that windows hides known file extensions, so while it shows .nomedia to you, it might still be a .nomedia.txt file for windows. You can turn that off in the windows folder options though.

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    06-21-14 01:02 PM
  12. PatrickMJS's Avatar
    As the name of the file. I didn't type anything into the file it's self. Is that where I went wrong?
    You weren't supposed to type anything into the file itself. Sounds like you did it right!

    Good point made by sinking phoenix. Make sure the file name is:
    .nomedia


    NOT:
    .nomedia.txt

    Plus, make sure you put that file into the folder on the phone that you don't want to appear in the Pictures app.

    FYI: Photos in sub folders of that folder will also be excluded from the Pictures app.

    I also noticed you are on 10.3.

    I'm on 10.2.

    I don't know if this feature works on 10.3.

    Posted via CB10
    06-21-14 02:01 PM
  13. thurask's Avatar
    Does it still have the text file icon? If so, it might be that windows hides known file extensions, so while it shows .nomedia to you, it might still be a .nomedia.txt file for windows. You can turn that off in the windows folder options though.

    Posted via CB10
    Alternatively, one can evade making a text file entirely by opening a command line window, moving to the folder you want to hide and typing
    touch .nomedia
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    06-21-14 02:03 PM
  14. moody's Avatar
    Does it still have the text file icon? If so, it might be that windows hides known file extensions, so while it shows .nomedia to you, it might still be a .nomedia.txt file for windows. You can turn that off in the windows folder options though.

    Posted via CB10
    I don't see the file at all in the folder. I made one for my ringtones folder to so they wouldn't play in the shuffle. Don't see it either. And I did not give it any extention. Just the name .nomedia

    I'll try again.

    And for the record. I don't have any pics that I care if anyone sees. All G rated LoL its just I have so many albums I'd prefer to just see folder icon than thumbs.

    Z30STA100-3/10.3.x.xxx & Q10SQN100-2/10.3.X.XXX
    06-21-14 02:07 PM
  15. moody's Avatar
    Alternatively, one can evade making a text file entirely by opening a command line window, moving to the folder you want to hide and typing [CMD]touch .nomedia[/CMD]
    How does one do this?

    Z30STA100-3/10.3.x.xxx & Q10SQN100-2/10.3.X.XXX
    06-21-14 04:17 PM
  16. thurask's Avatar
    How does one do this?

    Z30STA100-3/10.3.x.xxx & Q10SQN100-2/10.3.X.XXX
    Open the folder in Windows Explorer, shift+right click some empty space and click "Open command window here".
    PatrickMJS likes this.
    06-21-14 04:33 PM
  17. moody's Avatar
    Here is a pic of the first time I created
    Attached Thumbnails Picture App: how to show folder names instead of thumbnails?-nomedia.jpg   Picture App: how to show folder names instead of thumbnails?-nomedia2.jpg   Picture App: how to show folder names instead of thumbnails?-nomedia3.jpg  
    06-21-14 09:50 PM
  18. thurask's Avatar
    Here is a pic of the first time I created
    CB10 is being annoying, don't include the CMD tags.

    Just "touch .nomedia" (no quotes).

    Posted via CB10
    06-21-14 09:54 PM
  19. moody's Avatar
    CB10 is being annoying, don't include the CMD tags.

    Just "touch .nomedia" (no quotes)

    Posted via CB10
    LOL I noticed I kept editing through app and it got worse. I came on here via pc to fix hoping no one would see but you're just too fast

    And ok I'll try one more time.

    But if this doesn't work I'm not gonna worry about it. Not a big enough deal to keep at it LOL
    06-21-14 09:56 PM
  20. FF22's Avatar
    it is also possible that the thumbnails are already cached in an entirely different folder, say in the internal misc/android folder
    06-21-14 11:13 PM
  21. sinkingphoenix's Avatar
    Yeah, the first one is exactly as I said, you can even say windows saying it's a text document.

    Posted via CB10
    06-22-14 02:14 AM
  22. PatrickMJS's Avatar
    Actually, when I made my ".nomedia" file it was on my old W7 machine.

    I just tried my own method on my new W8 machine (right click, new, text, etc) and it insists on putting the txt extension on the filename and otherwise won't create the file.

    Plus I tried Thurask's command line suggestion and the "touch" command isn't in W8.

    Grrr...

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    06-22-14 11:56 AM
  23. thurask's Avatar
    Actually, when I made my ".nomedia" file it was on my old W7 machine.

    I just tried my own method on my new W8 machine (right click, new, text, etc) and it insists on putting the txt extension on the filename and otherwise won't create the file.

    Plus I tried Thurask's command line suggestion and the "touch" command isn't in W8.

    Grrr...

    Posted via CB10
    Oh darn, forgot I had Git Bash installed.

    Anyway, the Windows equivalent of touch .nomedia:

    "type NUL > .nomedia"

    That should work.
    06-22-14 12:58 PM
  24. PatrickMJS's Avatar
    OK so from the top...

    For Windows 8:

    On your phone, go into settings/storage and access/mass storage "on". (It's at the very bottom of the storage and access menu.)

    Plug it into your W8 computer via USB.

    A Windows explorer window should pop up. Make note of the letter assigned to your memory card. Say it's "h".

    On the computer's keyboard, press and hold the windows key and then tap the X key.

    A command line window will pop up.

    Type in the command line window as follows:

    H:

    {This will make the command Window apply your commands to the h drive.}

    Cd camera

    {This will change you to the h:\camera folder.}

    Cd "xxx pics"

    {This will change you to the h:\camera\xxx pics folder. Note that if a folder name has spaces in it, you must put the folder name in quotes.}

    type nul > .nomedia

    {This will create the new file for you in that folder.}


    That's it. Hopefully this will be helpful to some folks on here. Obviously use whatever drive letter and folder names apply in your case.
    thurask likes this.
    06-22-14 01:15 PM

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