Droid: Create Photo Album Folders In Gallery From the Handheld

If there is a way to create photo album folders in the Gallery app on the Motorola Droid handheld, I cannot find it. It is useful to have different picture folders separated for different occasions. Of course you can do this by attaching the device to your computer and create folders that way, but I’d like to be able to do it from the Droid itself. Luckily I found a way.

1. Download and install Astro File Manager (free) from the Market.

2. Open Astro File Manager and navigate to /sdcard/DCIM/Camera.

3. All of your photos and movies will be displayed. Here you can create new folders to organize them in by pressing Menu > New.

New folder option in Astro File Manager

4. Select Directory.

Select Directory option

5. Give the folder a name. Tap Create when you’re done.

New Directory screen where you can provide a name.

6. The folder is now created, but for it to show up in Gallery, the folder must have photos in it. To move folders into the folder you’ve created, follow these steps in Astro File Manager:

  • Tap and hold the photo you wish to move until a menu appears. If you wish to move multiple photos, tap Multi on the toolbar on the top of the screen, select the photos you wish to move, then long tap on one of the photos.
  • Tap Edit.
  • Tap Move.
  • Tap and hold the folder you wish to move it to (the folder you created. Holiday in this example).
  • Tap Edit.
  • Tap Paste, and the photo will be moved to the new folder.

7. Now in Gallery, your photos will be organized the way you want them to be with different photo albums.

Gallery photo album folders


  1. katie says

    Downloaded the app and got to the pictures and made the folder but whenever I try to put them in the folder it wont work.. I hold it down And click edit and then move And then it just does nothing…. help?!

  2. claireee says

    i looked into foozer…people talk about losing pictures…is that something i should be worried about.

  3. claireee says

    i can not figure this out. i get to selecting my multiple pictures and never get an edit button so i hit move and absolutely nothing happens at all. i am going nuts and have tried both ways you say but still cant figure it out:(

  4. Esteban says

    Hi Guys! Have you tried with an app called Foozer!? I recommend to try it and forget to use an file manager to creat new albums, thats hard work ;)

  5. Esteban says

    Hi!! An easy way to create new albums or to move photos, I suggest you try an app called Foozer Free, is available on Market!! You can do all that Gallery can, plus creation of albums, hide, share, move photos!

    Bye bye

  6. Milos says

    why when I open astro and go into the DCIM there but I do not have the sdcard and i have : mnt / sdcard / DCIM and I have further on. 100MEDIA thumbnails and do not know why, please help

  7. Dani says

    I followed the directions as written. I have a Merge Android Phone and not to savvy with it yet but am learning. I had already downloaded the “Astro” . So had that and followed the directions you gave everything worked well except when I then opened the Gallery to the albums the only albums showing were the original ones – “Camera Shots”, “All Photos”, “All Videos”, & “All Downloads”. The new folders did not show up. So what do I do now?

  8. Marjan says

    when I try to create a folder he says ERROR Directory could not be created.
    I was navigated to the part Camera.
    I have restarted my phone.
    Please help.

  9. Mitch says

    I don’t know why it wouldn’t work for you. Have you tried restarting the device? Is the device still mounted when you check? All you have to do is have photos in a folder and they will show up.

  10. Mar says

    I followed your very clear directions with no folders showing up in the Gallery window. I spent considerable time on the phone with Verizon and they say you can not create folders in the Gallery. I have a Droid x. Any thoughts?

  11. mike24 says

    i followed step by step and it works perfect, i was able to move photos to a seprate folder, but is there a way to make that folder visible to my eyes only? like put a lock on it or put it some where only i know where its at? the folder is in my gallery and i dont want people to see that folder when they snoop around, can it be done??

  12. Mitch says

    Sometimes they take a while to show up. You may even need to unmount and remount the SD card or restart the phone to get it to see them. That’s all I can think of unless you’re looking in the wrong place or the folders have a period in them that hides them from viewing in Astro.

  13. Jim Blythe says

    I created files and moved pictures from sd card folder to my newly created folder but i have two folders named document and document 2 which have pictures these i cannot find in Astro so i can move those pictures. Thanks for the help.

  14. carpenterguy says

    I followed the advice here multiple times and still can’t get folders to appear in gallery. What am I missing?

  15. Liz says

    The app Pandora (not the online radio) is great for this. You can password protect a folder for private pictures and a folder for private video.

  16. beth says

    This might be a dumb question, but since I have found your site, I am sure you’ll see many more from me:). I moved all my folders in the camera section to the new folders (holdiays, sports, pets, etc) Just like the directions above. BUT in the thumbnail section I have found more pictures, some are and some are not in the section that I just organized (camera). Do I move those into the camera section of saved named folders (holidays, sports, pets, etc), or do I need to leave the copies of those there? I was pleased to see the ones that i have already moved (using astro)were still able to use the same functions as droids original folders with ease. And can you please explain, why I have pictures in the camera and thumbnail sections? Am i downloading them that way without knowing? Thanks again!

  17. Stacy says

    I have created my new folders and named each one. When I go to “edit” then “move”, the new folders don’t show up so my pics aren’t going anywhere. How do I get where I can actually move the pics to the newly created folders?

  18. shultzie021 says

    I downloaded Astro and went to my dcim folder, but subset folder is “thumbnails.” I created a new folder inside of my thumbnails folder but all my photos still show up under All Photos in my gallery. Do I need to create a dcim/camera folder?

  19. Mike says

    Awesome, this worked perfectly for me. Just make sure you actually close the Gallery application and then reopen it after moving stuff around. After about 30 seconds of saying ‘Loading…’ the new folders showed up in the gallery exactly as promised!

    Phone: Droid, running Android 2.1

  20. Chad says

    I feel pretty stupid. So I created a new directory in the camera folder and moved a picture to it but I still dont see that folder in the gallery. Please help me if u can as I really need to figure this out. Thanks so much

  21. Chad says

    I feel pretty stupid. So I created a new directory in the camera folder and moved a picture to it but I still dont see that folder in the gallery. Please help me if u can as I really need to figure this out. Thanks

  22. Ryan says

    Nevermind, I figured it out. I had to go back through ASTRO and “rename” the folder(s) that I had just created. Even though they showed up with the name(s) I had assigned to them, all I did was hit rename and then ok with the same name again, and this seemed to register for the Gallery. Awesome step-by-step walk through, man. Thanks a lot!!

  23. Ryan says

    So I followed all of these steps, and got nothing in my Gallery. I later found out that the folder(s) need to be directly saved in the Camera folder and not the “thumbnails” folder…which was my mistake. The only issue that I’m having now is that the folder name doesn’t come up in the Gallery, just the number of files that are in the specific folder. Any ideas on how to fix this? Thanks.

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