picture/video gallery, and hiding pictures/videos

JStrider

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So Just got my bionic yesterday and have been messing around with it and have a couple questions about how it handles pictures.

When I click on the Gallery button it takes me to a screen with "pile" of pictures, and some options for doing some things online with them, and the camera roll and gallery. I dont really see where this screen becomes useful, it just seems to be an extra step to get to where I can look at my pictures. maybe someone can enlighten me on this screens uses. Also is there a way to have the gallery icon take me to the camera roll or library?

Also I'd like to be able to hide some pictures/videos from being viewed so easily.
I found this thread, http://forums.androidcentral.com/mo...er-hiding-pictures-like-black-berry-does.html

the .folder trick seems to work for the Camera Roll, but the pictures still show up in the "pile" and in my library, so I'm guessing this trick doesnt work anymore, or some settings need to be changed.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks! this phone has a bit of a learning curve!
 

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Also it seems that even after being deleted pictures stay in the "pile"... how does it work, does it have its own stash of thumbnail files somewhere? How do I take pictures out of it?
 

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Vaulty free app.
Its a separate folder that is password protected for any unwanted lookers seeing your pics.

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being able to password protect files and folders should be come with ANY device/OS on the market. Considering the portability of most electronics in this day and age it is only a matter of time before you (or anyone) has a device lost or stolen, and then any sensitive data, work related information, personal info, banking info, or even things like nude pictures of someone (girlfriend, one night stands, or whatever) are now up for grabs to anyone who has your gadget.

Having to download an additional app is ridiculous, companies need to make this a default feature. I know with lots of devices you can encrypt data, but many people don't want something that in depth (while I don't think it's very in depth... I'm sure my mother would disagree), all they need is a simple option that says "Password protection" and you select it, set your PW, and then your good to go. And I know lots of items DO include things like this, but it shouldn't be "lots" it should be "all."

seems rather simple to me...

Sorry if I jacked your thread :D
 

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six foot: No worries! I agree completely.

steve: thanks for the recommendation, I'll have to look at the app options some if I cant figure out a solution.

I dont really need an app, the .folder solution would work fine for me if it worked... I just dont want the pics showing up in the gallery, dont need passwords and fake stock apps and all that.


Also it seems there is just a delay in the pictures being removed from the pile once deleted.
 

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Vaulty doesn't seem to be working on the bionic.
Would just crash when I tried to hide pictures from my gallery. If I tried to hide them from within vaulty, it seemed like it would work, but the pictures would never become hidden, and didnt show up in the hidden pictures area.
 

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Vaulty doesn't seem to be working on the bionic.
Would just crash when I tried to hide pictures from my gallery. If I tried to hide them from within vaulty, it seemed like it would work, but the pictures would never become hidden, and didnt show up in the hidden pictures area.

Vaulty takes them out of gallery and adds to Moyse own folder, ill let you know what I find out in a few hours when o get my bionic

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kii safe, another app doesnt appear to work either, It puts the pics in the hidden spot, but they still show up in the pile, camera roll, and library.
 

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I use Photo Vault on my Droid X. There was something I had to do to specifically hide the thumbnails, be completely hidden. Cant remember right now tho..sorry.

Let me check and see if I put it in the review at Amazon. Will be back to edit later.

EDIT: Ok, for Photo Vault, I had to hide each picture individually for it to be completely hidden. Just trying to hide folders wasnt working. Try that if using an app like Photo Vault..
 
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Same thing happened to me after I encrypted my SD card. What I did was rename the folder by removing the . in front of it and changing the name then rename it again and put the . back. I rebooted my phone (so it would force the Gallery to rescan) and everything that should be hidden is again, have not had a problem since.
 

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I'm a brand new Android user. I just traded in my Blackberry of 5 years for the Motorola BIONIC from Verizon. I transferred my memory card from my old phone to the new Bionic and made separate folders for photos and videos that can be shared and photos and videos I feel are a bit too private for sharing (as well as a few adult images I do not wish my little ones to come across when playing with my phone).

I found the same problem mentioned in this thread. Every single image I transferred, regardless of the new folder I created, was somehow pulled together and tossed into the Gallery pile and could be accessed by anyone playing with the phone. It drove me crazy all day, because the kids are always playing games on my phone and would eventually find pictures that I did not want them too see.

My other fear is that if I synced up with Facebook, or another social media site, all of my pictures would somehow become available in my profile. I am new to this and do not know how these things work or how files share from your Android to Facebook.

I checked a few posts on line and found that if I created a new folder name on my memory card and simply put a dot in front of the name, the contents of the folder and sub folders would no longer appear in the gallery.

This seems to be the simplest solution to the problem, with no need to utilize any 3rd party apps...however I wanted to see if anyone knows if this is a foolproof method to keep private pictures private on the Bionic? I don't want my Android to suddenly pull a "2001 Space Odyssey" routine and start out-thinking me...take over my phone and my life!

Any feedback would be appreciated for reassurance.:-\
 

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kii safe, another app doesnt appear to work either, It puts the pics in the hidden spot, but they still show up in the pile, camera roll, and library.

I can confirm that on my phone at least, Kii safe works just as it's supposed to. The pictures are viewable in the Kii safe app behind a password, but they don't show up anywhere else. They don't show up in the "pile" splash page either.

Not sure why your's aren't working.

ETA: As of like, right not, Kii Safe is now known as Keep Safe.
 

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Click on the Folders widget. You can stor pictures or video on your external SD card and see them there, but they don't show up in the Gallery.
 

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