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Archiving pictures in Gallery app

(Topic created on: 06-01-2024 04:28 PM)
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salepetrovic
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I checked with Samsung and got the answer that archiving pictures like is other similar apps is not an option (but taken as a suggestion - obviously no hopes at all, as it just a business slang for "don't bother us" or "f**k off"). 
Sometimes you have pictures of some important documents and bills that you want to keep as pictures, but don't want to see the listed there in mix with pictures from a picnic, party or some weddings, birthdays and similar - so an option to archive them, but not delete them and have them still available to find via app if needed (which is actually a pretty basic option these days in many other app, namely the Google Photos as the most popular alternative) would be quite useful. 

Does anyone have any workaround suggestions that doesn't involve just ditching the Samsung Galaxy Gallery app and use a different one? 

P.S. If you think the option would be useful, perhaps you can also submit it as a suggestion - in general I have no hope in any results coming from suggestions, but Samsung Galaxy Android devices are always rich in features (one of the main reasons for their popularity), so perhaps a suggestion (if coming from some number of users) would be so wasted... 
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GoanGeek
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I didn't get quiet get your archive thing.

You can create your own album or secure folder if you so wish.

You can tag people and stuff.


Also I use Google One for backup and I strongly suggest you use it alongside the Samsung gallery as you will get best of both worlds.
Obsydian
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Just create folder and add to that, I have a Keep, Household, Letters folder, if it is confidential stuff like @GoanGeek says use secure folder or Cloud storage, I use OneDrive which has its own vault.

Then you can now hide non essential albums in the Gallery view.
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salepetrovic
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I use both Google One and Microsoft One Drive. My understanding is that the secure folder is for locking items away.
The archive wouldn't delete the picture or move it to a different folder, it would just hide that picture from the main view window in the gallery app, but you'll still find it in the actual folder where it was.

When you open the gallery app, you just see a list of all the pictures from all the albums, pictures from parties, birthdays, screenshot, photos of some documents or receipts you perhaps took, all chronologically. In many apps, like Google Photos, you can archive some pictures and not see them in the main view, but without deleting them. It's archive, same as what you would do with some emails perhaps.

It's a bit annoying to show someone pictures of your trip for example, and having a picture of a bill there that you simply don't want to delete, you want it to stay in that folder, but not to be shown in the gallery app, at least not in the main view - this is not an official option in the app, so I'm trying to look for some workarounds without having to ditch the galaxy gallery app and relying on a different app imstead.
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salepetrovic
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The thing is, for any folder I create and put pictures in, the gallery still shows the pictures of those folders in the main view... Can't see an option like "don't show this album" or something that would prevent this, without actually locking the folder under some password locked app (which would make it difficult to go to such picture if actually needed)... You know, like an ugly picture of a restaurant bill between the pictures of friends and family...
Obsydian
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As mentioned you now have 'essential' albums, you can select the gallery menu and hide albums you don't want to appear, but then top right you can select show all.

You can also select the album and set a cover image.
For these options you need to be in album not photos view.1704563214720.jpg
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GoanGeek
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So here goes

Select the picture you want and then go to the three dots at the bottom right.
Click move to album
Top right click on create
Give your album a name
You are done.

It will move the picture from your camera.roll to that album.

I hope this helps.
salepetrovic
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Ok, just an update - after looking half a day for correct settings, I managed to actually find the best workaround solution.
For this, the first thing would be to turn on the gallery labs settings (go to about section and keep tapping on version number to appear).
From gallery labs, the option called "Album entry-lock" has to be turned on. I had to repeat this a few times as it didn't work at first.
The option will allow to lock a particular album, and any pictures in that album won't appear in the main "pictures" view, but go to album view, choose the particular album and you'll still see the pictures in there.
It's not exactly the same as archiving as the pictures still have to be moved into the locked album and it is experimental (as the option to lock album can be only turned on from gallery labs), but it is the closest to what I wanted.

Ok, ignore my original post now as it is resolved 😅
Sharing my solution just in case anyone else finds it useful 🙂