What are Thumbnails Files and what happens if I Delete or Delete the Android Phone Folder?


mobile devices with Android system have a large number of tools, implements, services and options due to its customizable and modifiable structure. This allows users to have the ability and possibility to change different aspects and factors of the respective terminal as they want or need.

This is without a doubt one of the strong points offered by Android to its customers, otherwise than other operating systems for mobile devices, such as iOS. Within the freedoms that Android presents we can denote some quite interesting options and tools that are undoubtedly totally unique to this system.

If you have a terminal that has this secure system, you will have noticed that both in the settings option and in the default file manager there are a large number of quite useful tools that allow the user a much more complete and free experience of limitations or barriers that hinder your navigation within your device.

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And it is here where we observe another very interesting point very typical of this operating system which is the freedom of being able to view all the internal, external and root folders and files of the terminal. This detail is fully available since the first versions of the Android system and remains to this day.

Clearly, this detail cannot be seen with the naked eye once we turn on our phone, but we will have to go to a specific point. All this based on an extremely important application that will help us achieve our mission. This is about nothing more and nothing less than the file manager.

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File explorers are usually found as the default app on most mobile devices with Android systems, but in case we don’t have it we will have to download one from the Play Store or from an alternative or third-party store, some of the most popular are Uptodown and APKpure.

Among the best file managers there is a great variety of alternatives, on the other hand, we recommend Es File Explorer and File Manager by Xiaomi. Both are considered the best explorers today.

Having already downloaded one to be able to view the internal folders of the terminal we will only have to press the app and start.

From there we can find different folders with varied destinations such as application or game data, documents, files or images that are in the memory of our device. Inside the latter there is a somewhat unusual but very common folder, which we can see if we access the gallery folder. It is known as Thumbnails.

What are Thumbnails files?

It is a folder in which there is an exact copy of all those photos or images downloaded that are on our mobile device. This meets one exception, all these files are thumbnails of the original photos, otherwise each image that we have in our terminal would weigh twice as much.

These copy files housed in the photo folders of our phone are created automatically by our terminal, the moment we take a photo or download an image. It is very likely that we do not know of the existence of this folder until we enter the file manager of our mobile.

This is because these images, as we said before, are only thumbnails and should not appear in our gallery.

So the only way to make sure if this folder full of copied files is being generated on your respective mobile device is by entering the photos folder, also known in Android as «DCIM».

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What happens if I delete or delete the Thumbnails folder from my Android device?

The answer is nothing. These files are just a very low quality copy of our original photos, at a certain point, they are just taking up space in the internal storage of our mobile device or on the SD card. Therefore, if you want to open space temporarily, delete this.

To delete these annoying files You only need to go to the «DCIM» folder, from there you will look for the folder called Thumbnails to finally be able to delete it.

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