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I have some pictures in a directory on my phone. How can I make them appear inside the picture Gallery?

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It should automatically pick them up. Is it not? –  Al E. Jan 22 '11 at 7:14
    
@Al: no it isn't. should I expect it to happen immediately? –  Nathan Fellman Jan 22 '11 at 9:51
    
@Nathan Have you rebooted? Android normally scans for new media on startup. –  Matthew Read Jan 22 '11 at 12:46
    
Indeed it should be automatic. Which phone do you have? –  Dr G Jan 22 '11 at 17:03
    
@Dr: Samsung Galaxy S –  Nathan Fellman Jan 22 '11 at 18:29

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You can 'encourage' the phone to rescan the SD card by unmounting and remounting it (Settings > SD & Phone Storage), or by using a little app from the Market called 'SDrescan' (which essentially does the same thing).

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Did you put these files in the directory, or did one of your apps?

If an app did it, it might have dropped a ".nomedia" file in there too. The presence of this file keeps android from adding the pictures the gallery.

Use a file explorer like Astro to double check for the .nomedia file. You can safely manually delete it.

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Dropbox put them in. I changed the settings of the file explorer to show me hidden files, and there was no .nomedia file there. –  Nathan Fellman Jan 23 '11 at 8:28

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