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This is a Nexus 7 Android tablet. Google makes the "Android File Utility" app for OSX and it's about as bare-bones as you can get. Doesn't have any options for hidden files - or any options at all for that matter! It's been several years since I last tinkered with this tablet, as I recall there's something about the OSX driver for talking to Android devices that makes it less featureful than on Windows (such as requiring a special app to see the filesystem).

I was going to just SSH to the tablet and use the console commands to un-hide the directory but the rooting stuff says (basically) that an update requires I manually reinstall it. I tried figuring out how to do that again (can't remember a thing from the first time I did it!) then noticed I wasn't on the latest available version of Android (mine is 5.1, the Nexus 7 can go to 6.0) so tried to get the update - and got mired in so much vague information that I gave up! Just not that interested in OSes anymore...!

Anyway... Will mess with it more over the weekend and figure something out.
Oh [smack], I get the OSX reference, now. I just noticed today, that my new-ish phone with 6.0 has an "explore" utility under Settings/Storage, that shows the .torque folder. Not sure if it will move files as needed. With previous versions of Android, I do not recall any kind of "explore" functionality at all, short of picking a file manager from the Play store.

EDIT: Just found the same Settings/Storage "explore" functionality on the Amazon tablet, which has an older version of Android.

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I can see .torque in the "misc" section under Storage but selecting it only gives an option to delete it. Still doesn't show up in the utility on the imac.

I will probably try accessing the tablet from a Windows or Linux machine and see if they can see the directory. I've already plugged in the PIDs manually so not a big deal right now. I used to enjoy spending lots of time tinkering with OSes, knew the innards of Linux by heart and even custom-compiled my own kernels - now I just want the OS to get out of my way so I can use the apps on top!

I put the custom PIDs on the display screen and tried it out this morning, they work fine. Now I just need to figure out how to more fully use the program. First is to get Torque to actually shut down when i'm not in the car! Just about killed the battery on the tablet overnight, and so far when I open the tablet the notification screen says Torque is "idle, waiting for OBD adapter" even when I thought I'd gone in and shut down the app. (It isn't permanently connected to power in the van, my searches this morning have just turned up people configuring it to start/stop when external power is applied then goes away.)

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Search on the app store for a file explorer app that is more robust than what came standard.

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