Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hiding Pictures (and unhiding them)

Have you ever taken a picture with your BlackBerry that you really didn't want to show up when you (or your friends) browse your phone?  Did you ever take a "private" picture that you sent to a special person, but want it hidden from plain sight?  Whatever reason you may have (I'm not judging ;-) for wanting a picture, video or file hidden, here is how!  The method is the same for a picture, video or file just the location of the file will change. 

Go in to your media folder, select pictures and locate the picture you wish to hide.  Highlight the name of the file and press the menu key (BB button).  Select "properties".  From here you will see all the file info, including name, size date created, and at the very bottom a small checkbox that says "hidden".  To hide the file simply check this box.  When you exit out of the folder the file will be hidden.



Ok, now that we've hid it, lets go find it!




Open the media folder, push the menu button and select "explore".  This opens a file browser similar to the  last image attached.  hit the menu button once more and select "show hidden".  Now navigate through the folders and find your file.  If it was a picture you hid it will be in either BlackBerry/pictures folder, or BlackBerry/camera folder on OS6 devices.  A video will appear in the BlackBerry/video folder.  

Once you've done this a couple of times it actually becomes quite easy to do.  Please drop a comment if this article helped you.  Check us out on Twitter @allaboutmybb



 

13 comments:

  1. Hi, I tried doing this with a pictures' folder and it worked reasonably well. However, when I view 'Media/Pictures/All pictures', the contents of this particular 'hidden' folder tend to show up there. Any idea how to prevent them from appearing in 'All pictures'?

    Cheers

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  2. Try moving the folder you've hidden out of the pictures folder altogether.

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  3. When I go into the Media area and click on explore, all that comes up is the area to click on Media Card and Device. I must be doing something wrong?

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  4. No that's correct. You then have to navigate to media card/pictures or media/camera and look for your hidden picture.

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  5. i have not got the hidden option

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  6. I have a hidden pictures folder on my media card/blackberry/pictures. I want to add pics from my media card to it but can not for the life of me figure out how.
    PLEASE HELP!!

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  7. Best/easiest way is to hook your BlackBerry up to the computer. Drag and drop them into the hidden folder.

    The only other option is to copy/paste em using the BlackBerry file browser. But that's complicated :-D

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    1. I figured it out. I had to unhide the hidden folder first. Thanks!!

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    2. How do I highlight the name of the file? Because when I select "properties" of a certain picture, there is no "hidden" checbox at the bottom. I'm using bold 9900

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  9. You have to tell it computer to show hidden files.

    But you'll have to google that one :-D

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  10. How do I highlight the name of the file? When I choose the picture and select properties there is no hidden checkbox at the bottom. I'm using bold 9900

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  11. For 9900 and new os7, u need to type "files" on homescreen, explore the file u want to hide and then take properties. Hidden will be there :)
    Cheers.

    Also, I would recommanded people to download an app called *AppLock* works really well. It will be on google, maybe a site called gadzonemobile

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