How to Find Hidden Files on Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Are you curious about finding hidden files on your Android device? Whether you want to access sensitive information or simply explore the depths of your device, this article will guide you through the process. Let’s dive in!

Enable Show Hidden Files

To start uncovering those hidden gems, we first need to enable the option to show hidden files on your Android device. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open the File Manager app on your Android device.
  • Step 2: Look for the three vertical dots at the top-right corner of the app and tap on them.
  • Step 3: From the dropdown menu, select “Settings” or “Preferences.” This may vary depending on your device and file manager app.
  • Step 4: Scroll down until you find an option similar to “Show Hidden Files” or “Display Hidden Files.” Toggle this option to enable it.

Navigate to Hidden Files

Now that we have enabled the display of hidden files, let’s find out where these elusive files are hiding:

  • Step 1: Open the File Manager app once again.
  • Step 2: Look for a navigation menu, typically represented by three horizontal lines or a hamburger icon. Tap on it to expand.
  • Step 3: From the navigation menu, select “Internal Storage” or “Device Storage.”

    This may be labeled differently depending on your device and file manager app.

  • Step 4: Look for a folder named “.” (dot) or a folder with a similar name. These folders are usually the hiding spots for hidden files on Android.

Identifying Hidden Files

Now that you’ve reached the hidden files’ location, it’s time to identify and explore them:

  • Step 1: Scan through the list of files and folders in the current directory.
  • Step 2: Hidden files often have names starting with a dot (.) or are labeled as “hidden” in their file properties.
  • Step 3: If you’re unsure whether a file is hidden or not, long-press on it to reveal additional options.

    Look for an option like “Properties” or “File Info. “

Congratulations! You’ve successfully found and explored hidden files on your Android device. Remember to use caution when modifying or deleting these files, as they may be crucial for system operations or apps installed on your device.


If you followed the steps above but still can’t find any hidden files, don’t worry. Here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • Check File Manager App: Ensure that you’re using a reliable file manager app that supports displaying hidden files.
  • Restart Your Device: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve any temporary glitches preventing the display of hidden files.
  • Delete Cache and Data: Clearing cache and data of your file manager app can help resolve any issues causing it to overlook hidden files.

With these troubleshooting tips, you should be able to unveil those hidden files on your Android device.

Remember, exploring hidden files can be fun and informative, but always exercise caution and avoid modifying critical system files unless you know what you’re doing. Happy hunting!

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