How to Access Hidden Photos on Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Have you ever wondered if there are hidden photos on your Android device? Perhaps you accidentally hid some photos or someone else did it without your knowledge.

Don’t worry, accessing hidden photos on Android is easier than you might think. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Use a File Manager App

To access hidden photos on your Android device, you will need to use a file manager app. There are many file manager apps available on the Google Play Store, but for this tutorial, we will be using the popular “ES File Explorer” app.

Step 2: Download and Install ES File Explorer

1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.


Type “ES File Explorer” in the search bar and tap on the search icon.

3. Select the ES File Explorer app from the search results.

4. Tap on the “Install” button to download and install the app.

Step 3: Launch ES File Explorer

1. Once ES File Explorer is installed, tap on the app icon to launch it.

You will be greeted with a welcome screen. Swipe left to continue.

Step 4: Enable Show Hidden Files

1. In ES File Explorer, tap on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) located at the top-left corner of the screen.

Note: The exact location of the menu icon may vary depending on your device and version of ES File Explorer.

Scroll down and tap on the “Settings” option. In the Settings menu, scroll down and find the “Display settings” section. Tap on the toggle switch next to “Show hidden files” to enable it.

Step 5: Navigate to the Hidden Photos Folder

1. Go back to the main screen of ES File Explorer by tapping on the back button until you reach it.

You will see a list of folders and files. Tap on the “Internal storage” option.

Note: The name of this option may vary depending on your device manufacturer. In the Internal storage folder, look for a folder named “.hidden”.

Step 6: Access Your Hidden Photos

1. Tap on the “.hidden” folder to open it. You will find all your hidden photos inside this folder.


  • If you want to unhide any photo, simply move it out of the “.hidden” folder to any other location in your internal storage or SD card.
  • To hide a photo again, move it back into the “.hidden” folder using ES File Explorer or any other file manager app.

In Conclusion

In this tutorial, we have shown you how to access hidden photos on Android using ES File Explorer. Remember, hiding photos can be a useful privacy feature, but it’s important to keep track of them to avoid losing any precious memories. Now that you know how to access hidden photos, you can easily manage and organize your photo collection on your Android device.

Enjoy exploring your hidden photos!

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