Sanitize Your Phone’s Gallery

If you’ve ever felt that bit of panic when you open up your phone’s gallery in public and there’s NSFW all over the screen… or when you hand your phone to someone to show them a picture…. I feel you, I really do. So I searched around and found a trick to rearrange my albums and put them exactly where I want them.

This may not work for everyone (I’m using Android and the stock Gallery, myself) plus I am aware that there are apps that can hide albums, password protect, etc, but those just aren’t for me.

Your albums are displayed alphabetical – so what can you do? Since the dawn of computers, the quick solution was to use “z”, “zz”, “zzz”, etc as prefixes in file and folder names, to force them to the end. But we can do much better 😊

As you may know, symbols are listed first: !, @, (, etc, then 0-9, then A-Z. Then……… the Greek alphabet! The hero of our story 😁

Alphabetical

The initial forum post I found this solution in listed the letters in this order (alphabetical by Greek letter, I believe). This order doesn’t work on my phone, but I’m providing it as is just in case this order matters to anyone else.

α
Γ
δ
ε
Θ
π
Σ
σ
τ
Φ
φ
Ω

Android

This is the order that works on my phone 🙂

Γ
Θ
Σ
Φ
Ω
α
δ
ε
π
σ
τ
φ

(Almost) Full Greek Alphabet

I’ve amended the above list to include more letters. I didn’t do the ones that were basically just capital letters (A, Z, M, etc). Again, this is what works on my phone, and it may be different on other phones so you may need to play around with it to get it right 🙂

Γ
Δ
Θ
Ξ
Π
Σ or ς
Φ
Ω
α
β
γ
δ
ε
ζ
η
θ
ι
κ
λ
μ
ν
ξ
ο
π
ρ
σ
τ
υ
φ
χ
ψ
ω

Extra Tip: Buffer Albums

My Greek letter trick works wonderfully with another trick I’ve used for a while. I keep my gallery pretty tidy, and don’t have very many SFW albums. So, even if I use Greek letters, you’d still see NSFW stuff right there on the screen if you load my Gallery.

So, within my Gallery folder, I’ve made a folder called “Buffers”. Then within “Buffers”, I have 15 folders called “Γ 01”, “Γ 02”, “Γ 03”, and so on. Note that I used Γ, so they are listed before any other NSFW album beginning with other Greek Letters. In each of those folders I have a 1×1 black image. Before my Buffers, my SFW albums are listed; Camera, Screenshots, Wallpapers, etc. Then there’s a few rows of buffers hiding my NSFW albums – this way, they’re “below the fold”, meaning you have to scroll down to see them. It just feels a lot better this way, haha.

I really hope this can be useful! I also hope this all made sense.