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Hidden IPod Commands

When you hide photos and videos, they move to the Hidden album, so they don't appear in your Library, in other albums, or in the Photos widget on your Home Screen. In iOS 14 and later, you can turn off the Hidden album, so the photos are completely hidden. And in iOS 16, iPadOS 16.1, and macOS Ventura and later, your Hidden album is locked by default.

Hidden iPod Commands


There are lots of Instructables out there on how to get music off of an iPod using the "view options" trick in Windows explorer. like this one!How to get your music back off your Ipod FREE!Unfortunately for those of us using Macs, Finder isn't so keen on letting you see those pesky hidden files. We have two roads diverging here... either we: 1. Search for 20 minutes on the internets for a shady program that sucks everything off your iPod, download it, install it and then wait .... SNORE!!!or2. Use our to-be haxor skillz with Terminal to get a peek at those "hidden" files, pronto!

Don't be frightened!It won't bite!Go to: Applications/Utilities/Terminaland fire it up!!!If you are familiar with simple Unix commands then, by all means, skip this step.Terminal is a program that lets you communicate with the operating system in a different way than clicking on cute little icons on your desktop. In Terminal, we type commands to the computer and "tell" instead of "show" it what to do. Crude, maybe. Useful, hell yess. The command line makes most easy things (like organizing file directories) really difficult to do but some hard things (like copying every file from your iPod into iTunes) really easy and quick.Lets get started...In this instructable we will only use three commands.They are:cd - "change directory"ls - "show me what's in this directory"open - "open this file using its default program"more can be found here if you are curious about the ooodles of other useful commandsUseful Unix Commandstry typing "ls" into the command line and see what pops up!try typing "cd directoryname" of one of those folders to move to that directory.try typing "cd .. " (that's a double period) in order to open the parent directory. This is like hitting the back tab in a web browser.Consider yourself a true hacker now!With these two commands you can roam around any computer and look at files... and directories... and... more... files...SNORE!!!!lets get on to the good stuff

So now lets get that music.(Picture 1)Open Terminal again and type "cd " this command just changes the current directory to your home directory.(Picture 2)now we'll go a little deeper into the hard drive using the "cd .." command a couple times while listing the files using the "ls" command each time to keep looking for that iPod.(Picture 3)All external and internal hard disks are in the "Volumes" directory so lets get in there by typing "cd Volumes" and then listing the contents of the directory again. Your iPod's name should show up as one of the directories. Mine is called JACK'S IPOD. In order to get in all we have to do is... you guessed it type "cd "ipodname"" and we're in!!!NOTE:If your iPod's name has spaces or apostrophes like mine, it may be easier just to type the first couple letters and then hit tab. In Terminal, tab is an "auto-complete" button and guesses the correct answer. Very useful when you don't know Unix syntax.

I hate to rain on this parade, but this is not a fantastic way to do this. So heres my constructive criticism :)In Finder you can show hidden files.In Terminal type:defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE(if you want to hide the files again, just use FALSE instead of TRUE)Then browse your ipod thru finder.Unfortunately due to the way the iPod file stucture is your music is all scrambled and renamed funny. Its much easier and cleaner to use Senuti to do this on OSX.

3) I hear that if your iPod supports disk mode - i.e. can be mounted on your Mac/PC as a USB attached drive, then it may be possible to unlock your iPod without doing a restore. This involves deleting a normally hidden file on the iPod - this file is located on the iPod in:

on the Mac, you need to run a couple commands in Terminal to [enable the Finder to display hidden files] in order to find this file on your iPod. On Windows, you can set an option in Explorer in Tools-Folder Options-View-Hidden files and folders-show hidden files and folders.

A third-party file manager can provide a slightly more convenient way to view your hidden files alongside all your other data since it would all be visible on one interface. Some examples of file managers include:

From iTunes' main window, go the Edit menu, and choose Preferences; now click on the Advanced tab. Locate the last two checkboxes of this tab; if needed, check the "Show iTunes icon in system tray" to enable the checkbox below it; finally, check the "Minimize iTunes window to system tray" checkbox and click OK to apply your new settings. From now on, iTunes will be hidden from the Windows taskbar when you minimize it.

To restore your iTunes window, simply double-click on the iTunes icon (this is why the "Show iTunes icon in system tray" setting has to be enabled to make iTunes hidden when minimized).Alternatively, you can right-click on the iTunes icon and choose "Show iTunes" from the context menu that appears, revealing also additional functionality you might often need to access, without having to restore the iTunes window: change the current loop / repeat mode, shuffle the order in which iTunes plays your music (using your current shuffle settings).From the iTunes icon context menu, you can also of course Play or Pause your music, switch to the Previous or Next track in the current playlist, or Mute iTunes: this setting temporarily affects iTunes' playback volume, not Windows' current sound volume level.Finally, you can Exit iTunes from the last item in its icon's context menu.

Media files on an Apple device are stored in a set of hidden folders with short randomised file names. If you lose access to your iTunes or Music library and have no backup to restore then you can extract these files into a new library.

Next make sure you can see hidden files in Windows Explorer (details) or Finder (details) so that you have access to files that you want to recover. Put your iPod into Disk Mode and connect it to your computer. For the iPod shuffle this mode is enabled with iTunes rather than a combination of buttons. The files will be distributed randomly between a number of folders named F00 upwards that are found inside Device > iPod_Control > Music. For iOS devices whose file systems cannot be explored directly with Windows Explorer or Finder try This should give access to the same set of folders in the device which you can copy out.

Do not copy hidden content into the Automatically Add to iTunes/Music folder while iTunes or Music is running as it may be deleted without warning. Deleted content may not go to the recycle bin or trash, leaving no option for restoring it.

Next you need to unhide the hidden folders or iTunes will discard them and their contents rather than importing to the library. For Windows select all of the folders you have pasted in, right-click and select Properties, untick the Hidden checkbox and click OK, then confirm that you want to make the changes. On a Mac you may need to go into each F## folder in turn and manually move the files up one level as the command to unhide folders doesn't appear to work.

Finally you can launch iTunes or Music and it will import the files in the Automatically Add to iTunes folder, moving them into the media folder and organizing them according to their metadata. Any media files it doesn't like will be moved into a Not Added folder and hidden files or folders will be deleted.

On an iPhone, certain settings are tucked away under the AA icon next to the address bar, while an iPad hides those settings behind the ellipsis icon. Tap the icon to open a menu that offers commands to change the zoom level, show the current page in Reader View, request the desktop or mobile version of the site, view the Privacy Report, and access even more settings.

All Mac systems contain hidden files and folders. These are often preceded by a full stop or a slash, and are kept out of sight of the user either to prevent them from being deleted because they perform some essential function, or because they're irrelevant to everyday tasks.

Once you've typed the command and pressed Enter, hold down the Option key, then right-click on the Finder icon in the Dock and click Relaunch for the changes to take effect. To switch the files back to hidden, simply change "YES" to "NO" in the Terminal command.

We discussed the best way to hide the data they recorded. As a disk engineer, I suggested they make another partition on the disk to store their data. That way, even if someone plugged the modified iPod into a Mac or PC, iTunes would treat it as a normal iPod, and it would look like a normal iPod in the Mac Finder or Windows Explorer. They liked that, and a hidden partition it was.

"Hi everyone, my main problem here is that Windows can't show hidden folders and files. Every time I try to check the option "show hidden files and folders", it unchecks itself. I am currently using Windows 10. Why does my Windows 10 fail to show hidden folders? How can I fix this error? Help, please! Thanks!"


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