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You must have heard that there are some hidden Android files like in the case of a PC where your Kernel files are kept hidden so that users can’t tamper with them. Some of these files can be tweaked for your own personal use and can also be used for lots of important stuff. Like the way, the “Developer Options” settings are hidden on all Android phones but it contains a lot of important stuff you can easily use like;
- Enabling USB Debugging
- Showing Screen Pointer options
- Limiting Background Processes – This is very good in conserving Android user’s batteries, especially those with very low battery capacity or those with high power usage
- Enabling Screen Overlay
- Enabling Bluetooth HCI packets
- Checking your Android device stats and a lot more important options.
To enable Developer Options on your Android device, follow the steps below;
- Click the Settings icon on your Android device
- Scroll down to the About Phone option and click on it
- Click on the Build Number option Seven (7) or more times
A popup message telling you that "You Are Now A Developer" should appear on your Android screen for about three (3) seconds.
You can check your settings now. You’ll see that the “Developer Options” setting has just been added to the Settings menu.
Now, let’s get on with the main topic “How to Show Hidden Files On Android” shall we?
How to Show Hidden Files on Android (Method 1)
- Click on the File Manager icon on your Android device
- Click on the three dots on the top right-hand corner of the screen (For more recent Android versions)
- Click on the Advanced settings or ordinary Settings option depending on your device
- Toggle the Show hidden files option ON.
By now, You should be able to easily access any files that you’d previously set as hidden on your device.
How to Show Hidden Files on Android (Method 2)
The first method listed above might not work for some older Android versions like the Android 4 and below. So, to show hidden files and folders on much older versions of Android you can use this other method.
This method revolves around downloading some specific Android applications from the Google Playstore or elsewhere to get the job done. These applications will allow you to easily be able to show hidden files and folders on your Android device with ease.
- Download the Android File Manager application from the Google Playstore here;
- Install the Android File Manager application on your Android device
- Open the Android File Manager Application on your Android device
- Click on Main storage or SD Card
- Click on the View option. You can see that by clicking on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner of your screen while in the app
- Now you can enable the Show hidden files option
- You can explore all your normal Android files and folders via the application by default but to see your hidden Android files then, head over to the root folder and see the hidden files there.
That’s all… Piece of cake right???
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