That's a system folder that the phone software uses to temporarily store image data.
Nokia C3. "imgcache" : When I try to open these files, I get the message "file format not supported" my questions are.... what generates these files and what purpose do they serve??
15-02-2011 9:56 - edited 15-02-2011 9:57
There is a FAQ for this imgcache.
Imgcache folder keeps appearing on my memory card of my Nokia device, Why (S40)?
This folder is a part of the photo gallery feature and automatically created by the phone. It is used to provide fast access to images. The files in this folder are previews of the images stored on the phone. If the folder grows too big it can easily be deleted by the user by following these steps:
Select menu -> Gallery -> Memory Card -> mark imgcache folder -> Options -> delete folder.
If one deletes this folder and uses the camera or gallery the folder will be created again.
Well, it grew too large for me so I tried deleting it. It hung up the phone (which usually hangs up anyway, even with the firmware upgraded to 7 something). When it came back up, I found that some of my photos in the memory card were missing! Nice one, Nokia!
So what I did was this temporary solution:
I transferred all my photos to my PC, reformatted my memory card thru the phone (coz I found that I can't delete some of the .TEC files in the imgcache folder). I transferred my photos back to my memory card and view my photos using Apps->Gallery and not thru the Photos tab in the main menu (which creates the imgcache folder). This finally solved my hang problem also, which is a bonus as this phone hangs up pretty often. My phone's been to the service center twice but they can't solve that problem even with the firmware upgrade and all. Duh!
So main advice here is: Don't use a memory card with this phone and if you do, don't view pics thru the Photos tab....and if you do make that mistake, always back track thru Apps->Gallery to see if the imgcache folder was created. If yes, immediately delete it. Mind you, this is my "temporary" solution to this problem. I hope Nokia comes up with a more permanent one or at least a clear explanation as to why this is happening.
And yes, I've tried using several other memory cards both from Nokia and from Kingston with exactly the same results...so it's not the memory cards, Nokia...it's really the phone.
Please do forward this as I'm really interested in knowing why this happened. Please provide us with feedback as soon as possible.
Thanks and cheers,
I am really disaapointed with imgcache folder. It annoys me because everytime I take pictures then view gallery there it is again. Now I can not enjoy my C3. My phone won't operate unless I remove the memory card then I have to keep restarting it once I open the files in my memory card. It is really annoying to keep restarting your phone when it just freezes when I view pictures. I am not happy
I wonder if hide the folder from windows explorer,will it work,or it will be still visible in the phone browser?
Yes, you can hide it.
If you change the properties of a folder to Hidden via Windows Explorer, or any Java Application on your phone, the folder won't show up in the gallery.
But, it will be always there and will store the image cache.
Sorry I do not know English very well, but I need help. My child has accidentally deleted some photos from my Nokia c3. I saw that these images would appear (by name and occupied space) in "imgcache" folder.
What chance have them back?? please help me, it is important to recover them.
... I think I'm the only person who hopes to be saved in this file somehow. Unfortunately no backup had done, so I hope to have a chance.
Thanks a lot.