How to Fix Gallery Not showing SD Card Pictures in Android

The Gallery is very useful for phone users to display the pictures. When we want to check the photos on the phone, we mostly open the gallery. But when we want to open the photos, the photos cannot be showing in the Gallery. How to fix this problem?

Solutions for Gallery Not showing SD Card Pictures

Solution 1: Restart your Android phone.

If you’re having trouble viewing your photos in your phone’s gallery, you can try restarting your Android device first. Next, you can check if the disappeared photos on the Android SD card is displayed in the Gallery.

Solution 2: Reinsert the SD Card into Android

Please go to the Storage, and then click Unmount SD Card to remove the SD card from Android device safely. If you directly remove the SD card from Android, it is harmful to SD card.Next, turn off the Android phone.

Now you can remove the SD card from your Android phone. A few minutes later, reinsert the SD card into your phone. You can check if the picture can be viewed in the Gallery.

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Solution 3: Clear cache

Please follow the steps:

  1. Go to and click File Manager – Android – Data;
  2. Find this folder com.android.gallery3d, and delete it;
  3. Go to Settings – Apps / Application manage, and search for Gallery;
  4. Open Gallery, click Clear Data.
  5. Turn off the Android phone for a few minutes, and turn on. All the images you want will be showing under Gallery.

Solution 4: Check directory on SD card

Please check there is the file called “.nomedia” in the directory on SD card. The “.nomedia” file is a blank file placed in a folder. When the media scanner detects a “.nomedia” file, the media scanner does not scan the folder, so the images in that folder are not displayed in Gallery. If you find the “.nomedia” file, you need to delete it. And then turn off the Android device for a few minutes and turn on to check the photos in the Gallery.

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Solution 5: Format the SD card

When you try this solution to format the SD card, first, you need to make a backup for the files on the SD card.

Step 1: connect the SD card to the computer via the card reader, and format it;

Step 2: copy the files that you back up to the SD card;

Step 3: insert the SD card to your Android phone, and turn on the phone to check the photos in the Gallery.

If you didn’t back up the files on the SD card, after the formatting, the files on the SD card are lost at all. Therefore, you can try using the data recovery software to scan the SD card and recover the lost data. There is a free tool for you to recover the photos and videos from SD card,  called MiniTool power data recovery .

Install MiniTool Power Data Recovery (here take the Win version for example) to your computer by following the installation guide, and then launch this program. On the main interface of MiniTool Power Data Recovery, you may choose “Removable Disk Drive” module to take your chance as it can recover pictures from SD card. Here select the SD card partition and click “Scan”.The setting function is for you to select the file types that you want to get.

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When the scan completes, it will list all the recoverable files for your preview. You may then select the pictures you need and click “Save” to store all photos you to a safe location. The selected location is expected to be another safe location instead of the SD card itself to avoid data overwriting.

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When you have this problem-your photos cannot show in the Gallery, please try these five solutions to fix it. For the last solution, formatting the SD card will cause the data loss; therefore, users need to make a backup firstly. If you already lost the data, you can try the MiniTool power data recovery to retrieve the lost photos.

By Skylly

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