Secret videos - How to hide and unhide videos on your BlackBerry smartphone

By Joseph Holder on 26 Apr 2011 03:18 pm EDT

Last week, we told you how to hide and unhide pictures on your BlackBerry. In the comments, both sergeh and moheysaleh asked about hiding videos as well. CrackBerry is nothing if not accommodating. You ask, we answer.

When hiding a picture, you can view the picture, select properties and check the Hidden box. Videos, on the other hand, cannot be hidden this way. You'll need to use the file explorer to first find your video, and you'll need to know exactly where it is on you BlackBerry.  The search feature in the explorer only searches the current folder, not all folders as with Universal Search.

From the Media folder or the media tab (where you can select Pictures, Videos, ringtones, etc.), open the menu and select Explore. Browse the folders on your BlackBerry or memory card to find your video. Videos taken with the BlackBerry's camera can be found in the folder Media Card\BlackBerry\videos.

Highlight your video, open the menu, and select Properties. Inside the File Explorer, the Properties window gains an extra option, the Hidden checkbox. Checking this box will immediately hide your video. To find it again inside the Explorer, open the menu and select Show All. Your hidden video will appear greyed out with grey text.

To unhide your video, simply repeat the process. In the File Explorer, highlight your video; open the menu; and select properties. Uncheck the Hidden box to make your video accessible again.

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Reader comments

Secret videos - How to hide and unhide videos on your BlackBerry smartphone


I found that the video will show up in the main video application even if it is hidden, once you have played it by exploring to it and using "Show Hidden".. Even if you go back after watching it and remove the "Show Hidden" it will still show up in the list of videos once you have watched it.

In order to get it off the list of videos in the video app, you have to reboot the phone. Is there a better way?

I've found it easier on my sanity to create a folder and then change the properties of that folder to "hide". That way all your unmentionables are in one place and everything placed in that folder is hidden. I do believe it's easier to create the folder and move items into it when your hooked up to the pc. Thanks.

I put my hidden stuff in a folder as well, but once I play them they always show up in the video list and no matter what I do they stay in that list until i reboot. What am i missing here?

i found a pretty simple way to do it using a file explorer "air" for example. all you have to do to hide the video is to change the extension. for example the video you want to hide is called summervaction2011.mp4 all you have to do is change the .mp4 section to something else or just delete the 4 and the video is now unsupported therefore invisible in the player. Then change it back to the right extention when you want to see it, its probably best if you leave part of the original extention so you can remember which is which. Glad i could help someone.