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I recently bought one new Samsung Galaxy S 2. (Ice Cream Sandwich)

I am getting "media scanner running" message each time I try to open the camera.

How can I get rid of this issue? Do I need to replace the phone?

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Does the message interrupt opening the camera or is it just a notification in the status bar? – onik Sep 25 '12 at 10:12
Yes when i open the camera it shows message and camera shuts down itself – alam235 Sep 25 '12 at 10:21
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The message means that your internal and/or external SD card are being scanned for media files. If you have recently added a lot of files, this can take some time.

If this is not the case, the indexing might be broken. I'd suggest backing up your data from the phone's internal storage and your SD card, formatting both and trying again. If the problem persists, do a full factory reset. Otherwise, try adding the data from the backups to the phone and see if the camera still works.

If i remember correctly, you can find the setting to format the internal memory in Settings -> Storage -> Internal memory -> Format and the full factory reset in Settings -> Security -> Factory reset, but these depend on your Android version and might be relocated somewhere else.

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Go to the Settings app, select the "All" tab, find Media Storage or Media and force stop it. Then reboot and the problem should be fixed.

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Worked even without restart. Thank you. – rmagnum2002 Jul 31 '13 at 12:00

I've had same problem. I wrote about it and it's solution in this document which I shared here.

All you need to reset is that media scanner: Settings > Applications > Manage applications > All > Media Storage: Force stop & Clear data. Then, reboot.

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Hmmm... Does this apply to ICS as per the OP's question? – t0mm13b May 5 '13 at 23:56

Go to Settings > Applications, Manage application, All, Media storage > Clear data. Most of the times, it helps solve the problem.

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Initially i cannot even open camera application on my LG G2 . it keep saying "try again after scanning media files"

Use Media Library Repair Scanner

You do not need to root phone just click on refresh button and let media scanner start scanning and finished.

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Was having same problem and read somewhere that problem was solved by deleting corrupt picture file. I deleted a few recent pics and still had problem. Remembered that I recently backed up phone for 1st time and had that file stored on external SD card. Deleted file, no more constant media scanning. Apologies if similar posted.

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I had the same problem and none of these fixes worked. It turns it that my Spotify was the problem. It had crashed and could not find the media files i had downloaded. I uninstalled Spotify and that solved the problem.

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