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What to Do If I Cannot View Pictures in Android Gallery?

Q: Unable to view photos from Gallery

I was able to view photos from Gallery in my Android phone while it was connected to PC through USB. But I am not able to see them in my phone. How can I view the pictures on my phone directly?

Sometimes users would meet such a problem that they cannot view pictures in Android Gallery after taking or downloading photos with their devices. If you are also one of these users, you must want to know the reasons for this issue and the solutions to solve this problem, right? Just take it easy and read on. This article will give you all the answers.

Why Can't I View Pictures in Android Gallery?

Why the issue that pictures disappear from Gallery happens? The reasons are various but there two main causes actually:

1. The caches cause the malfunction

Once you open and manage the images in Gallery, there must be some caches created. And certainly, the caches that the Gallery App generates one time are very small. But if you don't clear them regularly, these caches will become a huge trash which would take up a lot of space of the device. What's worse, the caches will cause some issues also. For example, you will be unable to open and use the Gallery application smoothly and fail to view the pictures that you have saved in it.

2. The images are saved as in Nomedia file

A .nomedia file is basically a blank file placed inside a folder with ".nomedia" as extension. When the device detects such kind of file, it would not scan the folder so the files like photos in that folder won't appear in the Gallery App. Thus, you need to make sure whether you have put the wanted pictures in the Nomedia file when you cannot see them in Gallery.

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What to Do If I Cannot See the Photos on Gallery?

Normally, to make the pictures visible in this case, you have two choices:

Option 1. Clear the caches of Gallery

The most common situation is that the pictures in Gallery are corrupted due to the App caches so you are unable to open and view them successfully. In order to solve this problem, you need to delete the caches and useless data of the Gallery App. This would be easy:

Step 1. Go to the Home screen of your device and click on the Settings icon on it to open the application.

Step 2. In the Settings section, you need to find out the option Apps or Application Management and tap on it to display all the installed Apps on your device.

Step 3. Now you need to find the Gallery option from the listed applications and click on it to enter its App info page. On this page, you can see several options. Just tap on Clear cache and Clear data to remove the useless data from your device.

delete gallery cache

Option 2. Rename the Nomedia folder

It is possible that you have saved the photos in a .nomedia folder unwittingly or designedly to hide the image. So now, if you want to see them in the Gallery as usual, you need to delete them from the Nomedia folder or rename the folder to make them visible in Gallery. Then how to achieve this goal? You need to turn to an application- ES File Explorer. The whole process could be:

Step 1. Download and install the ES File Explorer on your Android phone.

Step 2. Next, you need to launch the file manager and find out the location of the images you want to display.

Step 3. Now just navigate to the folder and remove or rename the ".nomedia" file to make them visable.

rename nomedia folder

Step 4. After that, you can restart your Android phone and go to the Gallery to see the pictures as usual.

If you want to hide some images or other files on your phone, you can also add a folder and name it ".nomedia" file again and move the files you wish to hide into the folder so that others cannot find the data on your phone.

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