When I look at an image on my phone in the gallery app, it tells me (under details) the path is /phone/Pictures/Messages/imagename.jpg. My native file browser can find this image in that path. A third party file browsing app tells me it's in /storage/emulated/0/Pictures/Messages/imagename.jpg. My computer can find neither of those directories on my phone or SD card, and a search of both for the image name reveals nothing. I'd like to move the images to my phone. How do I find the real file path of this file?

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The second one is the technically correct path. The first one, /phone/..., is just the Gallery app simplifying the display and telling you that the folder is in phone storage (instead of external storage).

When connected to the PC using MTP, the root folder is /storage/emulated/0/ (you only see the contents under it), so you should be looking for the part of the path after it, which is Pictures/Messages/imagename.jpg.

  • Where is /storage? I just see ZTE/phone and ZTE/sdcard and neither have a storage folder inside
    – cat40
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 0:22
  • Did I not make it clear? /phone stands for /storage/emulated/0, and when you click inside ZTE/phone, you see the contents under it, so you cut this part of the path from what you got previously, leaving only Pictures/Messages/imagename.jpg, which is what you should go for.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 0:26
  • There's no Pictures folder. It might just be hidden from my computer; that's happened to be before even though my computer shows all hidden and system files.
    – cat40
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 0:28
  • You possibly need to reboot the phone for it to show folders and files generated during this boot cycle. That's a downside of MTP.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 0:29
  • No, it's still not there.
    – cat40
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 0:34

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