Since the release of MIUI 7.1, Xiaomi has added Hidden Folders feature in the new File Explorer app. Here’s how to use it and take advantage of it to store your private photos, videos or even any private files hidden from everyone accessing your phone.
For your information, MIUI 7.1 comes to several supported Xiaomi devices including Xiaomi Mi 2, Xiaomi Mi 2S, Xiaomi Mi 3, Xiaomi Mi 4, Xiaomi Mi 4i, Xiaomi Redmi 1s (3G), Xiaomi Redmi Note (3G), Xiaomi Redmi Note (4G), Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime (4G Dual SIM), Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, Xiaomi Redmi 2 / Prime (4G), Xiaomi Mi Pad, and Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. It means if you have one of those supported devices, let’s say Redmi Note 2 for example, then simply update your phone via OTA mechanism or download the MIUI 7.1 Global Stable ROM then follow this guide to install it on your phone to get several new features including the new File Explorer app.
Well, I know there are already many apps available in Play Store offering file or folder protection even app locking, but instead of installing and using third-party app, using built-in app allows you to preserve your phone’s memory and storage so it won’t get slower in term of performance.
Are you ready? Is your phone ready? Follow steps below to make use of Hidden Folders in MIUI’s File Explorer app :
Step 1 – Get your Xiaomi phone, unlock its screen if you haven’t do that yet.
Step 2 – From your app drawer, look for File Explorer app then tap on it to launch it.
Step 3 – Now the File Explorer app will open. To activate Hidden Folders in it, you have to -simply- tap, hold and drag down the screen.
Step 4 – The app needs additional security to be enabled which in this case you need to setup security Pattern lock.
Step 5 – Voila! You are now entering Hidden Folder. Now let’s try to add your first private file and hide that file inside that secured hidden folder.
Step 6 – To do that you have to tap on three dots […] at top right corner of the screen then you’ll see several available options like: Add files, Sort by, Create new folder, Refresh. In this case simply tap Add files option.
Step 7 – Next, you’ll have to browse where’s the file located at: whether at your phone’s Internal Storage or at your SD Card.
Step 8 – Again, navigate to the location of where the file is located at. In which folder it is. Once you have found the file you want to be hidden, simply tap on that file. Upon tapping on it, the file will be hidden inside File Explorer’s hidden folder, secured and kept from anyone else to see but you.
How to unhide hidden file from File Explorer
Let’s say you have many files stored inside hidden folder and you want few of it or one of it to be removed from hidden folder and put it back to any location accessible by anyone. How to do that? Simple!
First, launch File Explorer app and enter hidden folder. Do not forget to provide correct security answer (Pattern or PIN lock).
Next, browse through hidden files and folder and find the file you want it to unhide.
Long press (tap and hold for about two and half seconds) on it then tap remove. You can select for several files before clicking the Remove option to remove batch files.
Upon tapping Remove, you’ll be asked to choose to which location your file(s) will be restored at. Is it your phone’s storage or SD Card, you decide. That’s it, the file(s) is now removed from hidden folder and restored back to the location you want.
Credits, via, and thanks to: Xiaomi Advices.