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Where does Android store the snapshots used on the recent apps?

If what are you asking for is the location of the thumbnails displayed by Android when switching apps, then (on my LineageOS 13) they are stored inside /data/system/recent_images as PNG files called ...
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Deleted thumbnail file but no space was freed

The .thumbnails folder has a file of the format .thumbdata4* whose size is shown to be really big usually. But in reality, it's not a big file and it's size is shown as such is because it's not a ...
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Where does Android store the snapshots used on the recent apps?

As a follow-up to Death Mask Salesman's answer, Irfan Latif's comment, and also based on a self-experiment on Nexus 5 running Lineage OS 14.1 (Android 7.1) and self-research, The directory is <...
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How can I regenerate .thumbnails folder in DCIM

Looking for something else & came across this... The pathway to an apps cache has changed slightly since original posting back in 2012. In Marshmallow (at least): Settings→Apps→Gallery→Storage→...
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Where does WhatsApp store thumbnails of media in Android phone?

WhatsApp stores the thumbnail as BLOB in the database in message_thumbnails table under thumbnail column.
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Pixel 3's mp4 videos don't have thumbnails in Windows 10

That videos don't show a thumbnail in Windows Explorer is because you look at the files via USB and Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). If you would copy the video to a local hard disk Windows Explorer is ...
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How can WhatsApp show me an image/video if I didn't download it to phone?

Thumbnails are stored in WhatsApp's database as BLOB in the message_thumbnails table, under thumbnail column.
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Recover photos from Google Photos cache

You're best option is to try recovery software such as Recuva or EaseUS Data Recovery on one on the SD cards which once contained the deleted photos. The chances of recovering your data this way are ...
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Thumbnail image different to actual image

I had the same problem with my OP5T running android 8.1. While you don't seem to be able to obtain the original images, the thumbnails can be found as low-res jpgs at: storage/interrnal storage/...
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