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Now that I've ORDed, let me teach you a way around it.
Create folders somewhere on your phone called "Camera" and "Whatsapp Photos", or whatever folder name your camera app uses.
Put around 20-30 "safe" real pictures into each of them.
Hide the real folders (every single one) except the two you've created, within Piktures. There's an option in the sidebar.
Go through phone checks with ease as they only have that much to scroll. Remember to open the app for them.
If you want, add a few more pictures into each folder every few weeks.
Maybe try Piktures & Focus. There's another one but I don't remember it's name
Seeing as this is turning into a list of recommended alternatives, I'd like to mention Piktures. It's fast, stable, highly configurable and good looking. And as far as I know, the company doesn't engage in the kind of shenanigans discussed in OP's link.
Try Pikture or alternativly, you can install the last version of QuickPic from the original dev. This is the unsigned version, so you won't have to worry about it updating automatcailly. Download it from here
Ive been using Piktures for years, and its 64bit. Can create albums, tag pics, sort by location tag, locked albums
Unless others have warnings against it, I've really liked Piktures. Has albums, folder exclusion, date search/grouping, filtered galleries (gallery of all videos, gallery of gifs, etc) and private/lockable gallery.
Piktures first but it had a few issues that weren't getting resolved so I headed over to FStop. It's okay.
I'm new here, so I don't know any of the conventions, but what's the opinion of /r/Android for Piktures? I'm using it right now and I'm quite happy with it. I'm not trusting the google play comments since these types of things are quite YMMV.
I keep it turned off. The only time I would want to use is it for looking at pictures or videos.
After the Quickpic takeover, I moved over to using Piktures.
Piktures has auto-rotate switched on by default, regardless of the system setting. Which is genius in my book.
If it isn't switched on, try Piktures - Settings - and select Screen Orientation.
Quickpic also has a setting to auto-rotate if you really want.
I like Piktures, which I've been using since CM bought QuickPic.
I use Piktures to organize my photos by folders on my device. It is a nice lightweight app and allows you to hide folders you don't want to display, has good sorting options, and the basically functionality you'd want from a gallery. It also integrates well with other apps for sharing out to them or browsing pictures on your device to select them in other apps. I do keep Google photos installed as the default for opening images and video though because it is a bit more flexible as a general purpose app for opening multiple types of media.
For pictures though, Piktures ����
But I did use QuickPic for years before the CM debacle. It really was the best gallery app. I did run the safe apk for some time, but ended up switching to alternatives. The closest I could find is Piktures, but honestly it's just not as good.
I switched to Google Photos, but that's because all my pictures are in the cloud. I don't think it's a good app for offline picture management. For that, I recommend Piktures
Nothing is collected per se in geotagging. All it does is add location info to the metatag on the pic, which can be kinda nice when you want to remember a place where a pic was taken, or if I want to view all the pics I have taken in a particular area. Some apps will show a map view where pics were taken or a calendar view of when the pic was taken. There's no form of data mining that can happen with geotagging pics.
If you cant bypass that permission use an app that doesn't require location. The above app will run without location permissions.
I would suggest Piktures. I use it myself and its a hassle free gallery app, very similar to quickpic. Also has cloud support.
I recently installed Piktures after searching reddit for a suggestion to replace QuickPic, and love it. I strongly recommend it.
Piktures is a great photo gallery app with a great feature to resize photos when sharing then to an app. So you can take your photo in glorious full megapixel quality and just seamlessly reduce the size when needed. Work flow is take a photo, go to that photo in Piktures, share photo email app of choice and chose the resize option needed. It even tells you how big the file will be for each option.
Give it a spin, it's free and might be just what you need.
Use Quickpic v 4.5.2 or earlier (Version number is very important) and never update it. Or try Piktures.
Here's a partial solution I use. Download the app Piktures from Google Play.
Screen Cap of the share menu. http://imgur.com/VGSG1Oy
After a ( not so quick ) search Piktures does it, the app works and I get no ads even though it should have ads. There is no theme switch ( sigh ) and the UI is not very consistent between dark and light version. The photo editor feels kinda glitchy on my phone but the gallery works, even though it feels ( to me ) kinda bloated. The premium version is €5 and there are customisation options. As of now I haven't found any free app that does this ( most on the play store are forks of Simple Gallery which doesn't have the mosaic option ) and I'm also interested in a good gallery app so I'll watch later this thread.
Switch to a different gallery app. Piktures does exactly what you've asked for - it'll simply rotate an existing image, no questions asked, no copies created. Just open the image - menu (three vertical dots) - rotate left/tight. Done.
Check out the Piktures app - I use this to browse locally and find it better than the Google Photos app (for local browsing)
Piktures gallery app offers multiple options to resize when you share a picture.
Works great for me on my G3 to solve the same problem- I don't want to reduce the resolution of the pictures I take in case I want to do something else with them later, but they are too large to email to my Blogger blog. With pickures I simply take the picture, open Piktures to view it and click share. It asks me how I want to share it and then shows me the original size along with multiple options to reduce the file size. I just choose one and it resizes it and opens Gmail with the resized picture as an attachment. Perfect.
Can you find the folder when you use a file browser app on your phone? Pictures\Screenshots ?
Do you use Google Photos app? Under "Device Folders" are the Screenshots still under the label "Screenshots"??
If you're still at a loss:
One idea I can think of is to install Piktures
Check out Piktures. Default is to open to All photos or you can just swipe to Album view (or make Album view the default). Has basic editing features that you want.
looks meh right now. Seems early in it's development life.
Give piktures a try. It's got a lot of really cool stuff going for it.
I just started using Piktures in place of the default gallery viewer. The default one was getting really laggy and unresponsive. I'm really digging Piktures so far.
It's likely that some of your images have become corrupted. I'd recommend connecting it to a PC, downloading all the images, and then deleting them. Once deleted, reboot your phone.
Alternatively, you could try a different gallery app such as Piktures or Focus.
Take a look at Piktures.
It has been a great experience so far, allowing me to sort in albums, but still have a 'view all' category. It also includes screenshots, and other downloaded images in various locations. Probably as close as you're going to get.
It's totally free, but there is an in-app donation which I highly recommend (a $5 donation will amount to $8.30 including all Google fees).
> But I would no longer recommend QuickPic, as they have been bought by Cheetah Mobile.
I wasn't aware of this, thanks for the heads up. Here's a link to Piktures for those curious.
tl;dr go get Piktures and put a fork in QuickPic.
The sad thing about SuperSU going Chinese is the fact there's no real competitor alternative to jump to.
Hi, I was looking for very long time for an app like this and I have tried dozens of apps until I found app called Piktures. It has very well managed integration with cloud services including OD and I have replaced the GPhotos with it. I'm now using the Premium version to make benefit of all features. You can also create home screen shortcuts to specific locations on local device or on OD for a quick access.
The only disadvantage is that it cannot share images as OD links, but only as files, but I guess that no 3rd party app can do that so that's what it is until MS creates something on their own.
I really recommend trying it out.
I have 4 other gallery apps all because they have unique features but I use this the most because i like it's UI. It also does the other stuff you want, autoplau gifs and pin albums.
I can't help with your Samsung Gallery issue sorry (not familiar with it), but try using a different gallery app, such as Piktures. If your photos are still present on your device, Piktures (or any other gallery app) should be able to display them.
However, if they're deleted from your device, you won't be able to recover them (in high quality), unless you've already backed them up somewhere. Do you have the Google Photos app installed? If so, there's a chance your photos might be backed up to your Google Drive.
I always uninstall stock apps in miui. And i tested all major gallery apps that can replace mi gallery. The one feature that is missing all the time is some editing capabilities until i try this One, piktures.
Very weird. Try using a different picture manager app, I guess. I used to use Piktures after the previous one I had was bought by Cheetah mobile.
You won't be regret. I switched from iPhone 6 to OP 5T almost two years ago (was using iPhones since 3GS) and I don't regret it nor I miss iOS. I few things that helped my upon switching:
- Ditched Apple music in favor of Spotify one my 1 year subscription to Apple Music expired. The app on Android was just terrible while Spotify was (and still is) awesome
- Hardest thing for my was my photo library and backup. Being used to iPhoto on both iMac, iPad and iPhone I needed something that could be used both across Apple, Windows and Android devices. Google photos was perfect for that, however the app itself such as a photo gallery. This is was I also use the gallery app Piktures it is the perfect combo for me
- I used iBooks and the Notes apps a lot and I found that Google's own Books and Keep apps are perfect for me since they allow syncing and are platform agnostic
To exclude a folder from being scanned you have to go to Settings - Main - Excluded folders, to exclude folders that are already scanned you hold the folder and then select the folder icon with an X that is located in the upper-right corner.
To protect your photos you select the ones you want to protect/hide then touch the 3 dots in the lower-right corner and select "Protect Media", it will ask you for a password. To be clear, if you protect your photos you wouldn't be able to view them in any other app, to do that you will have to unprotect them first although that's just because the app changed it's extension otherwise it can be viewed but it will need a lot of effort to find the protected files.
If you really want to encrypt your files I would recommend Piktures instead, although I don't quite like its interface it's smooth. That app really encrypts your file, at least the last time I use it, it did.
Here it is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures
I remember having laggy issues with the default gallery back on my Note 3. I've been using the Piktures app ever since, and it's flawless.
Here is another https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures
You could go to MyFiles, then go to Images under categories. Up at the top in the images there should look like a grid option. That will make it look like a typical Gallery
For everyone looking for a good gallery app, I cannot recommend Piktures enough. It looks and feels superb, offers enough customization to make me a happy and also has this amazing functionality to make a secret drive which is encrypted and requires a PIN/Touch ID to get into. Very useful for personal fotos you don't want people to stumble over when they inevitably begin to swipe even though you only wanted them to show one photo...
It also offers cloud functionality, although only with Dropbox right now.
I understand better now. perhaps this? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures&hl=en I use it and it's quite nice, pictures are closer together, there's an 'ALL' tab and you can add cloud drives to it like dropbox
perhaps that will fit the bill
The list in Google Photos is by default sorted from newest (top) to oldest (bottom), and it can't be changed.
If you're having trouble with photos appearing under the wrong date, you can edit the timestamp in the photo details :)
Unfortunately the "Main Feed" is just photos, albums are left exclusively to the rightmost tab, the albums.
If you'd like to try a different photo viewer with a few extra features, neat customization and nice visuals, try Piktures.
Create separate protected folder for anything you don't want showing up in your main feed. It's a great app I used for years.
Play store link - was not sure if 2.2 is beta or part of regular release since I haven't seen it in my updates
you can swipe twice from left edge and tap on I as information to access donation dialogue for this great free app without ads
Piktures. UI is quite similar to Nextbit's gallery app actually, but it's got a lot more features - particularly, the ability to crop, rotate and resize.
I don't take too many photos on my phone either, but I do take and share a lot of screenshots, so the ability to crop and resize is pretty essential to me.
The Photos app is actually the only way I have found to actually remove photos from EVERYWHERE easily. They do go into a "trash" but this shouldn't be seen by other gallery apps. Try using a file explorer app to see if the file is actually still there. QuickPic could be the problem. Like others have mentioned, you really shouldn't be using it anymore. When I use an external gallery, I use Piktures.
In case you don't want your photos uploaded to the cloud, check out Piktures.
Plus combined with FolderSync, you can still automatically sync with your favorite 'cloud services', or back up to a local file server (my preference).
Be sure that you're actually 'saving' the image and not trying to 'share' it instead, as those would fire different events within Android.
Try installing another Gallery app (such as Piktures) and try to save a picture again in Whatsapp.
When you save an image, it fires what's called an 'intent' and it sounds like OneNote is the only app on your phone that has 'signed up' to handle that specific intent. By installing another app (which should be able to handle most/all image-saving intents), Whatsapp should ask you which app you would like to save it with now that there are 2 apps that can handle the intent.
If that doesn't work, then I would be very curious to know what would happen if you saved an image without OneNote installed...
have you try piktures
to silent and normal ring maybe try this https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adriaoneves.silentmodetoggle
Option 1) - Quickpic's signed apk before it was sold to cheetah. It works really well.
Option 2) - Piktures, has secret drive functionality.
Option 3) - Leafpic Gallery is an open source gallery and ad-free gallery, you can hide your pictures and whole folders too.
I redid this list with links for convenience
Gallery-Piktures LeafPic F-Stop
SMS-Textra YAATA AWSMS QKSMS Google Messenger Signal Silence
Launcher-Nova Action Smart Apex
File Manager-Mixplorer Solid Amaze
Ad Blocking-Adaway Minmin (xposed) DNS66
Browser-Chrome TugaBrowser Yu Firefox
System Cleaning-SD Maid Ccleaner
Automation-Tasker Llama Macrodroid
Email-Nine Aquamail ???
Maps-Here Google Maps.Me Osmand
Music Player-Rocket Player Poweramp Phonograph Blackplayer Cloudplayer Vanilla Music Player
2FA-Lastpass Authy Authenticator Plus FreeOTP
Camera-Open Camera A Better camera Camera Fv5 Footej ???
Calendar-Business Calendar ??? Digical
IM-Whatsapp Signal Telegram Skype Messenger Lite Viber Line Lite Hangouts
Reddit Client-Boost Sync Slide Relay Reddit is Fun Dash
Highly recommend Piktures.
edit: added link
I re-formatted it to be a table. Not sure if it helped or not but here you go!
Piktures. That is all.
Piktures is a great gallery app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures
After Cheetah Mobile ruined QuickPic I switched to Piktures (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures).
It still has some occasional bugs but it's the best I could find.
Piktures looks great after playing with it for a few minutes, but I guess only time will tell if I make it my default.
I've recently moved from Quickpic to Piktures and loving it
Piktures, Focus, Simple Gallery
I'm using Piktures
I like Piktures
I use Google Photos. But I know Piktures is generally well liked as an alternative.
Piktures is very good https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures
You can choose either of Piktures or Memoria.
Piktures is good.
What's wrong with Google Photos though?
Here you go
I use Piktures, really like it.
Here is my list
Piktures - Gallery App with great UI
Keep - Notes and Todo, Sync across devices
Serial Reader - classic books in bite-sized bits delivered every day, I completed War and Peace with this app.
Greenify - Fuck all speed boosters/ cleaners etc, This is the app you need
Productivity Challenge Timer - Hands Down the BEST.
Computer File Explorer- I just feel more comfortable with a window themed file explorer
Pocket - Save articles to read them later
Others - Saavn, Swiftkey, VLC, Google Translate, RIF, PhonePe, Inshorts, CCleaner, Nova Launcher, CamScanner, Google Fit, QualityTime.
I've migrated to Piktures. Great gallery app.
I use https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures&hl=en
for the exact reason
You can try Piktures. You can hide albums.
Usually I would suggest QuickPic as an alternative gallery app, but recently the owner sold it to Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese company notorious for making scammy and useless apps. A lot of people are recommending Piktures, F-Stop, and Focus
You can download an alternative launcher such as Nova which will have the setting to remove the persistent Google Search bar. You can also check out other launchers like Apex and Action launcher
People have had better performance experiences with Color OS's camera, but that's not available from the Play Store. But the difference in quality shouldn't be negligible.
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Ive been using Piktures for awhile now. Looking it so far. Even has the feature of having a secret drive
I went with Piktures after the QuickPic "disaster". Tried many, but I love the navigation and UI in this one.
I went Piktures and never looked back
Well, I'm still on lollipop waiting for the OTA but I should stick with Piktures after that.
Probé una infinidad a lo largo de estos años y me quedé con Piktures. Es ordenada, elegante y rápida.
Piktures is what I've been using for years since cheetah first took over Quickpic.
Pretty sure it had all the options you require.
I really enjoy Piktures
Try Piktures it uses the pic geotag and you can select to view pics taken in a particular area.
I use Piktures but then my requirements are fairly simple.
Linkme: Action Launcher, Bluetooth Phonebook, Flipboard, HERE WeGo, Instapaper, Kindle, Medium, MX Player Pro, Nine Mail, Pinterest, Piktures, SofaScore, Solid Explorer, SystemPanel 2, Waze, Weather Timeline, Attenborough's Story of Life, Tasker
Edit Oops, didn't realise the links bot has a limit of ten apps. Here are the rest linked:
Piktures has been my favorite since QuickPic went Cheetah Mobile.
Agreed. It likes to force close and I got tired of it. Moved on to Piktures
Wow, this app seems great. Thanks for sharing!
I've found "piktures" to be a great quickpic replacement since the cheetah acquisition
The closest I can think of is piktures
Link sharing is in the top right menu button (3 vertical dots).
Here's the link (I think):
I used too until it was brought by cheetah. Now I use Piktures
It would be really nice and helpful, if you guys could get the external storage support to work.
Any other app like Spotify, Netflix, and Pictures are able to access the external storage.
But not Boost, I already tried apps like App2SD with the SDFix option, also tried the Magics Module ExSDCard Access Enabler, still Boost don't gives a fuck.
For example if you want to Edit or Access the photos on your SD Card with the app Pictures it will ask you to grant access on the SD Card with a File manager to select the SD Card. So why does Boost not this?
I'm using MIUI 10 ROM, before upgrading from 9 to 10 it worked with the app Add2SD with the function "SDFix" now it does not work anymore, I think it has something to do with the new Android 9.
I hope someone can help me with this.
Piktures is good.
Piktures is great for that
I think that's built into the Gallery app. I use Piktures and it you can turn that off.
If you have photos or videos to hide Piktures has secret gallery feature. It can be unlocked with PIN or fingerprint.
You can get QuickPic from before Cheetah bought it:
But of course no updates so there is:
I'll second Piktures.
Piktures does exactly this. It's a decent gallery app; not as fast as the old QuickPic.
Piktures will do it for all, or per album/folder.
Piktures can do this. You can allow it to rotate even if auto-rotate is off. It's also just a great gallery app.
Try Piktures : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures
So the 6P camera has been driving me crazy. The launch speed is fantastic, but the quality is just not that much better than my G2, at least not in properly lit scenes (no doubt the 6P is better when dealing with dark environments).
I took a bunch of photos at a local store, just so show how close the quality is:
However, it doesn't happen often that I delete a pic on my LG G2 because it's too blurry/useless. On my 6P, I've deleted many already. So I guess the conclusion is that it's just not as easy to take a good pic on the 6P, probably due to lack of OIS and software processing (Google's Camera app really is a massive disappointment).
I like to take pictures of price tags/boxes so I can do product research later (so I deal with a lot of small text), and this is something that hasn't been as easy on the 6P.
I also started playing with video recording, and while it looks 'crisp', the wobble ruins it for me. Hopefully this is fixable in a future software update, as I won't be doing much video recording until this has been resolved.
Removal of the Gallery software is another major disappointment in M, but thanks to a tip from a reddit user, I've discovered Piktures, which seems to make up for it.
The camera speed does make up for some of these issues (depending on the detail I'm looking for), as in many cases, having a laggy/slow camera means you miss the moment, while I haven't missed a moment with the 6P yet.
Last but not least, the front camera is more useable than the unit on the LG G2, so that's another plus.
The 810 has really impressed me. Looking at Task Manager, it shows 80+ apps/cards, and back in the Lollipop days, I would have to clear this app list after just 3-4 apps, especially when using apps which interface GPS, Bluetooth, etc. (it was the only way to make LP work for me).
It just works, and I have not experienced any heat issues.
I'm definitely enjoying the AMOLED benefits, and have gotten used to the different tint mentioned in my original post. The screen seems to be bright enough even in very bright situations, and I haven't seen any ghosting/burn-in yet.
ARGH. I just can't get used to the over-sensitive buttons. I've screwed up my volume so many times, it's frustrating. At this point, I'm looking at (re)setting the volume on a recurring basis using Tasker/Automate.
The body of the phone seems to hold up well, and the only fingerprint smudges I've noticed are on the plastic cover on the rear bottom. There are a few minor scratches on the aluminum body since I still haven't decided if I'm putting a case on it, but otherwise, I have no issues to report.
I still use my LG G2 once in a while, and that phone feels so small now. In most cases, I don't have a problem with my new phablet, although one-handed use can be a little cumbersome sometimes. I also started noticing some finger discomfort issues after using the phone for a while, something I never experienced with my LG G2. I still haven't used Android Pay yet, as the only opportunities require me to hand over my phone to the cashier, something I'm not comfortable with due to the dimensions of the phone.
tl;dr: camera quality disappointments, fantastic camera speed, buttons suck, amazing CPU performance, GPS just works.
Piktures still dominates for me
Piktures has this. You can swipe from the left hit the pencil icon and then hide/unhide folders.
Try Piktures https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures
I use Piktures allows you to hide folders. Beautiful UI.
I'm partial to Piktures.
This gallery app might be up your alley: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures
I use piktures https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures
For gallery and really liked it so far
Mix plorer form xda labs for file manager
You have already mentioned it. But they got good updates recently.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures has it
Try This Piktures
For my personal tarde there's no other better. Have fun
There's hundreds of these post. Use a third-party app as the inbult one is terrible.
Use a third-party app. The built in one is unstable.
Use a third-party pictures and video app. The built-in one is broken.
I use a third party pictures and video app. The Huawei one is unstable.
The gallery index of Piktures gallery is what's staying me with it forever.
I've been using Pictures for some time, it does an ok job
I'm not sure, but check it out with Piktures:
Hello, I'm using Piktures
Maybe try piktures.
The gallery shortcut in your camera app will always open the original gallery. Try Piktures as an alternative gallery app
I am using the built-in Samsung gallery m'self although I know what you mean about the mess. Very annoying. I have tried Piktures (and from what I remember, I did like it) but also think Google Photos isn't too bad.
Have you tried Samsung Video Library? It helps in that it shows you videos only.
Oh, how could I forget... Doh! You should use Foto Gallery. It's pretty darn nice and let's you filter out videos (and then use the Samsung Video Library above to see videos). Perfect solution!
I really like Picktures and Camera Roll - Gallery
Piktures is a really nice looking gallery and it let's you see the photos uploaded in Google Drive.
I use the excellent free gallery app called Piktures which has a built feature called secret drive for your special pics.
Look at Piktures... It's what I use and I believe that it has that feature.
That's a photo app feature. You can have private albums in Piktures.
Here's a few:
Piktures - Personally not a big fan of it, but a lot of people seem to say it's a good QuickPic successor.
Google Photos - Google's own app, pretty self explanatory, and it has some great search functionality.
LeafPic - It's in beta, but it's pretty solid at the moment.
Camera Roll - still in beta too, but has a neat design.
They're all slightly different, but I'd say in general they're pretty well designed. Hope that helps!
Most phones don't come with a gallery app nowadays. Photos is the only option. You should try Piktures or any other gallery app from the play store.
File manager : Unfortunately, some phones lack that as well. Try Solid Explorer (Not free) or FX or any other file explorer that suits your needs.
Launcher: Most stock launchers can't hide apps. Try Nova Launcher or any other launcher.
Caller Name ID: No idea what to do about this one, sorry.
Found piktures, looks great and works good so far: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures
Check out Piktures. Best QuickPic replacement I've found so far.
Piktures does not allow folders within folders, but it does have a pin locked folder, not visible in file explorers.
Piktures is a good replacement.
I like Piktures and F-Stop (F-Stop Pro).
Piktures all the way!
Piktures does this perfectly. Pics are hidden from view in file explorer.
<strong>Piktures Gallery Photo &amp; Video</strong> - Free with IAP - Rating: 88/100 - Search for 'piktures' on the <strong>Play Store</strong>
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Not sure what you mean with album art, but I use Piktures for all my gallery needs.
Normally I use QuickPic but have been testing out Piktures and really loving it so far.
I like Piktures. Great interface and features.
Piktures have a nice calendar view, maybe it can help you.
Piktures Well you may like this... !
I use Piktures. Looks nice, works smoothly and has a few advanced features like a PIN-locked vault for private photos.
I'd recommend Picktures for day to day gallery use. It's light weight and has great options. Gallery/Google photos for other tasks. There is an 'all' album but also sub albums that you can hide. You can also move pictures around from folders.
Took a while for me to digest the bullet points, I thought that was in line with the raw image features that you want. If not, then I can give you my setup.
I'd recommend a third-party gallery app such as Piktures. It's possible that the gallery app you're using doesn't support that particular image format.
PS: If this answers your query, please reply with "Solved". Thanks!
How or where should it be stored else? It's a picture (GIF) file you create, so it will be stored in your DCIM folder in the subfolder "Animated GIF" ��
Since everything from that folder gets into your stock Samsung gallery, the live messages will be there, too. Most gallery/photo/picture apps will list all pics inside DCIM, so you have to search for an app which let's you precisely chose subfolders if you want that. Google Photos will also show it.
EDIT: I installed and tested some apps for you, you can use Piktures, which is a very good gallery app with a lot of options. It also has the option to select folders and subfolders which shouldn't be shown, (as you can see here). I removed "Animated GIF", so you won't see animated stuff anymore in your gallery. This won't solve your problem if you just don't want to see live messages, but maybe this helps you ��
EDIT 2: Wow, downvotes because I explained something and tried to help ��
Google photos really is not that great of an app to be honest... especially for browsing albums and device folders. I use Piktures and think that everything about it is so much more logically done.
The only minor inconvenience with it is that deleting photos in that app doesn't remove them from my google photos storage. A couple of times though, that has been a good thing when I accidentally deleted local photos but was able to go back to my cloud photos and get it back.
Samsung's gallery app on the Galaxy 7's is also really well done.