How to stop Android from making thumbnails?

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Can anyone tell me how to make thumbnails in my Android phone. Daily I delete it and it's create again and take too much space.

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On Android 4 ICS (and possibly others), a giant thumbnail file may be created in your DCIM folder. This file can be several Gigabytes in size, depending on how many pictures you have. It is generated by the Android Gallery app.

  1. Quick and temporary solution- just delete any files/folders in your DCIM folder that start with .thumbnail
  2. Create a file named .nomedia in certain folders to prevent the gallery from scanning those folders. More info
  3. Delete the .thumbnail and replace is with an empty folder or empty file. More info
  4. A thumbnail deleter app developed by ppero196
The answer provided is definitely true and working but there seems to be a slight problem in the execution of it though. As for some android devices, that i have seen , most don’t seem to show the  ” .thumbnail ” file when one wants to delete it. So one has to plug in to pc or laptop via a usb cable to delete it . Not only that the problem ends here, you got to remove the ” .thumbnail ” file here this way and eject your device and go on to phone storage in file manager and create a ” .thumbnail ” file as soon as possible atleast without opening the gallery . If you delay or open the gallery by any means , the ” .thumbnail ” file gets created again in the folder which once again i say , is invisible in some android devices without connecting to pc/laptop . 

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Probably you are asking for dcim folder where .thumbnails is created ! Try this one: navigate dcim > .thumbnails folder & copy the actual name of the thumbnail file. Now select an unknown file and rename it with the actual thumbnail filename. Next replace the original thumbnail file with the small file that we renamed.
    Hope this will help to overcome your issue.
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  • kapilbhardwajj
    Thanks edwinjhoffer for good answer.... I try it and tell you shortly which one is work for me :)

    Also Thanks All...
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  • edwinjhoffer
    Sure, you are welcome, feel free to ask any question :)
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  • kapilbhardwajj
    Hey Can you send me the .thumbnails file... That i replace with my phone file 
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  • edwinjhoffer
    You don't need to replace the file/folder with anyone. You only have to remove the .thumbnails folder from you device.

    Thanks
    Edwin
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  • kapilbhardwajj
    Ok i do that.

    And Thanks Again :)
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  • edwinjhoffer
    Again you are welcome, feel free to ask any other question :)
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  • 143dssingh
    If I delete thumbnails, then my album art of songs disappear.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    @143desingh why you people want to play with system files / temporary files which help to run several system services. In picture folder (like DCIM) if you delete thumbnails photos will be also deleted. When you downloading any file through your mobile, there is a temp folder created called downloadtmp if you delete this folder file will be deleted at the time of downloading. So, leave as the files and just work with your main files.
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  • missiekirkland2005
    How can you tell if the file is original main file or not would it have exten name.etc.
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  • randomlightfan
    I did the exact like you said but now apps like whatsapp and hike aren't scanning my images from gallery! Anything possible now!?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    @randomlightfan, why are you running a scan. Is there any abnormalities on your phone. Android is Linux based OS, and anti virus installation is not necessary. Android has such a built-in protection that can prevent from any malware/virus.
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  • Maszek
    @Subhendu Sen Personally I don't want to play with system files--unless they're doing something counter-productive. Most thumbnails cached in the .thumbnails folder are plain copies of the original image, instead of condensed preview icons. In my case Android creates thumbnails of up to 11 MB/piece, resulting in a 5.6 GB .thumbnail-folder. I just deleted the entire content, only to find that it recreates all thumbnails again.
    I see the benefit of having thumbnails on my smartphone storage, but wouldn't it be nice if there were a setting where you can limit the size of a thumbnail to 30 kb (or any size desired)? That should suffice!
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  • Subhendu Sen
    @Maszek, it is not possible that you can save files day to day while the sd card/ phone memory has limited space for their mechanism. It is better to copy all the picture/ video files in a safe place like laptop/desktop/CD/DVD or even in a flash drive. Then you can delete them to make more space.
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  • Ugohandsome2
    thanks a lot.
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  • sandeepreddy786
    Thanks a lot.
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  • Maszek
    @Subhendu Sen, thank you for your reaction. I agree with your suggestion to back up image files to other devices--even though I have 128 Gb storage aboard my Android smartphone.
    However, you are missing my point. I was not referring about the size of photos I made, I was referring to the thumbnails cached automatically by Android OS. This is an aspect that I had no control over.
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  • Mohamad5763
    Is there any special part of gallery responsible for creating thumbnails that you can remove it by root access?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    @Mohamad5763, Probably you asked for DCIM folder, where the photos/videos/clippings are store by default. This is system mechanism. You can not change this mechanism, and as well as the thumbnail files. Also this is not recommended to gain root access.
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  • jamesmehraa
    1. If you create a file named .nomedia in a directory, Android will ignore the contents when creating thumbnails. 
    2. It can/should be empty.  It is a standard practice to use empty files beginning with a dot as a way to give metadata about a directory.
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  • 357974322679
    Maszek has the right idea. Thumbnail database creation needs to compress the hell out of thumbnails better from the start.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Take backup of photos almost regularly and then you can delete thumbnails, however this is not required. You can delete photos which are too old or no longer required.
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