I would like to know whether it is possible to open an arbitrary image file with the stock Gallery app (as distributed with the Samsung Galaxy SIII) by navigating the filesystem and drilling down the path to the image and clicking on the image to be opened. It seems to me that the only place it allows its users to select files from are the folders found under /storage/emulated/0/DCIM (normal pictures), the folders found under /storage/emulated/0/Pictures (screenshots), /storage/emulated/0/PhotoEditor for pictures created with the Samsung Photo Editor which can be installed from the Gallery application by clicking on the edit picture icon on the top-right-hand-side when viewing a picture, /storage/emulated/0/Download for images downloaded from the web via a web browser, and other albums taken from Google Picasa Web.

Right now I'm guessing that when the stock Gallery application is opened, it just traverses the entire filesystem and for each directory which it finds which contains an image it displays the directory name along with the last image in such directory (and switches to a grid view for the images in that directory if clicked).

In any case, I would like to know if there's an alternative way to open an image directly form the stock Gallery app, e.g. Gallery could launch a file explorer application upon request once a picture is selected? Thanks.

  • I've got the same phone with image files (jpg) in /storage/emulated/0/download and using the Gallery, I have no problem viewing them.
    – rrirower
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 20:19
  • Please see my updated post. Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 21:37

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You're not limited to using the Gallery app to view your images. I've loaded a file explorer app called ES File Explorer File Manager that allows me to traverse not only the local content of my phone, but, also, any network drives I may have access to. When selecting an image file, you are presented with a list of programs that are registered to open the image. The program can use the Gallery app, or, its own built in image viewer, or, any other registered image viewer.

  • Thank you for your reply. As a matter of fact I also have a third-party app File Manager (Explorer) which also lets me navigate the whole filesystem, and not only image files, but I was asking about the stock Gallery app. Thanks. Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 18:32
  • @JohnHigginstyne In any case, I would like to know if there's an alternative way to open an image, e.g. via a file explorer application. You've got me confused.
    – rrirower
    Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 18:35
  • OK, sorry for the confusion; if you could kindly answer the rest of the question I'll be very happy to accept your answer. In particular I would like to know if the JPG is found by the Gallery application if the image is placed immediately under the / (root) directory. Thanks. Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 18:51

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