Cleared Data in Media Storage app and things got all screwed up...

Enigmaxtreme316

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At last glance this issue seems to spread between Facebook, Instagram, Discord, Twitter

So I notice several major apps on my Samsung Galaxy S8 that there "Media Pickers", the popups when people want to post image don't sort images properly. Take for example, moving an image folder from one subfolder to another these apps will regard these images, regardless of when they were actually created as most recent and so these images will appear at the top of image selections.

Recently I copied some images wirelessly from my computer into a folder on my phone, these images were created 3-4 years ago and despite my Gallery app (Simple Gallery Pro) recognizing the correct order, the apps I mentioned previously didn't.

Frustrated I figured what was needed was my image gallery to be rescanned, and I will agree that on impulse cleared the data of the Media Storage app and restarted my phone. Opening up the apps I mentioned earlier, the images I copied weren't on the top anymore but instead the order of the images looked completely jumbled up.

Looking through Facebook's Image Picker in particular, I scrolled down and noticed that every image had today's date despite them having no Metadata whatsoever for today's date, the same issue also applied to Twitter, Instagram and Discord.

Funny enough two apps still sort my images properly, that's Reddit and even more bizarre, Facebook Messenger.

I probably shouldn't have cleared the data on Media Storage but its just frustrating that my images just weren't sorting properly
 

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Going into Samsung's Gallery app while the images are all sorted correctly, clicking on recent brings up the image order that the problematic apps are showing it in. So that tells me that these apps are sorting images in a bizarre way or something.

I ask, How can I get apps like Facebook and Instagram to sort my images properly but it looks like that just isn't possible.
 

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The problem with those apps is that they sort by the file creation date, not the date the photo was taken. Copying a file causes a new file creation date, so copying a whole bunch of photos on the same day can lead to a fairly random sorting order (since the files may not have been copied in order).

You can try looking for a gallery app that sorts by the date the photo was taken, and then seeing if that can be made the default file picker when trying to post photos. The Facebook app might have its own file picker that you can't change, though -- in that case, try using the Facebook website on your browser.
 

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