This post will show you how to create a hidden folder to store and hide confidential files on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 tablet. Read on to view more detailed instructions.
Hiding Files in Android Devices
Sharing smartphones and tablets is customary among friends and family members. Nonetheless, such a generous act can likewise expose any significant data you’ve stored on the device including confidential photos, videos, and other sensitive information.
Thankfully, the Android operating system also has some features that allows users to create hidden directories where confidential information can be stored separately. This can be accomplished without having to root your device or download a third-party software.
In case you’re looking forward to using this feature on your Samsung Tab S6, I’ve created a step-by-step guide as free reference.
Steps to Create a Hidden Folder on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Time Needed : 10 minutes
This method can also be applied to other Android smartphones and tablets running on the same Android version as the Galaxy Tab S6 but there may be some slight variations on the actual screens and menu items depending on the device model and carrier.
- When ready, swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to access the Apps viewer.
On the Apps viewer, you will see different app icons or shortcut controls.
- Locate and then tap the Settings icon to continue.
The main settings menu of your tablet opens next.
Here, you will see a list of all features you can turn on or off.
- Tap Device Care to continue.
Relevant features including battery, storage, memory and security will load up on the next screen.
- To access the file manager, tap Storage.
A new screen opens with a list of system directories or folders including documents, images, videos, audio, and apps.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the list and then tap Advanced.
Doing so will let you access the Advanced storage features.
- To continue viewing your tablet's files, tap Files.
The file manager opens with all the saved files and folders.
- Go ahead and then tap the quick menu icon represented by a triple-dot figure on the upper-rightmost corner of the screen.
Doing so will open a pop-up menu with a list of additional options.
- Select the option to Create folder.
The on-screen keyboard will show up beneath the display.
- On the Create folder pop-up, type the dot followed by the name of the new folder that you'd like to create.
The dot before the folder name will make it hidden.
- After naming the folder, tap Create.
The new folder will then be created and it's hidden.
- To view it, simply tap the triple-dot figure on the top-rightmost corner then tap Settings.
Doing so will open the My files settings menu.
- Scroll down to the File management section, then tap to turn on the switch next to Show hidden system files.
This should trigger the device to un-hide all hidden files and folders on your device.
- To see if it works, tap the Back key to return to the My files screen.
At this point, you should see the hidden folders added in the internal storage pane. And that includes the new folder that you recently created.
- You then can start moving any of your important files to this folder.
Once you're done moving your files, go back to the My Files settings then turn off the switch next to Show hidden system files.
This is imperative to hide the folders and files again.
- Android 10
- Galaxy Tab S6
If you want to create a new hidden folder, just repeat the same steps until you get to the naming process.
Want to Hide an Existing Folder on your Tab S6?
You can also hide an existing folder on your tablet. All you have to do is open the file manager then navigate to the folder that you want to hide. Once you locate the folder, open it and then select the option to Create a new file. When asked for the file name, type ‘.nomedia’
A nomedia file is among the files on Android that could be in the internal or external storage that does not have data media. Files with a .nomedia extension will be excluded from scanning or reading on the Android file explorer. In other words, they’re hidden.
After creating the file, close or exit the file manager and then reboot your tablet. The folder will be hidden by then.
Hope this helps!
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