The Gallery app for Android phones and tablets does a pretty awesome job of grabbing movies and images stored on your device and displaying them in an attractive browser. But unfortunately Google doesn’t provide you an option to exclude directories, which means that your gallery may fill up not just with photos from your camera or Picasa web albums, but also album art from your music collection, cover art from eBooks, and other miscellanea.

Xda-developers member knox420 has put together an app which makes it easy to hide folders from the Gallery app. It’s called Gallery Excluder, and you can download the free app by scanning the QR code below with your phone, or you can hit up the xda-developers web site for more information.

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To use Gallery Excluder, just fire up the app and you’ll see a list of folders on your SD card or in your phone’s storage. Just check the box next to any folders you want the Gallery app to ignore. You can also long-press on any folder to view subfolders.

Unfortunately if you have a lot of subfolders, you may have to do a lot of digging to get all the directories you’re hoping to exclude from the Gallery, but when you’re done the Gallery should load more quickly and you’ll have an easier time browsing for photos and videos.

Brad Linder

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2 replies on “Gallery Exclude helps keep album art, book covers out of your Android Gallery”

  1. This app ALSO inadvertently removes your Music from your music player… so is next to useless, as it causes one problem when it solves another.

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