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Sometimes I download songs from various sources, and they aren't put in the requisite media folder on external storage. The media scanner can still find them, but the only way I have found to do this is by moving the file around with a file manager, or mounting and unmounting as USB storage. This forces the phone to rescan for media files.

Does anyone know of a way to give Android a hint that it needs to rescan for media from within Android itself?

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Most custom ROMs include this functionality as part of the Power Widget. For stock firmware you have to resort to 3rd-party apps such as ScanMedia or SDRescan, for example.

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Another app I used to solve the same problem: MediaScanner. –  micah Apr 21 '11 at 15:28
Meridian Media Player has an option to rescan media in its toolkit section. –  Sparx Apr 21 '11 at 16:20
I wish there was a native way to do this, but thanks for the info everyone! –  Jake Basile Apr 21 '11 at 18:32

This is a very good question and I see it is already answered. I wrote a small application to solve this problem specifically for Kit Kit(Android 4.4+). My application works on all phones.



This works on the Nexus 5!

Please let me know if this helps you!


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It would seem that essentially all of your answers on this site exist to promote your applications. Even with disclosure, this strikes me as pretty excessive, and borders on attempting to use the site as free advertising. There is actually a portion of the help center which specifically describes (and discourages) such behavior: "If a large percentage of your posts include a mention of your product or website, you're probably here for the wrong reasons." I would, in all seriousness, recommend participating in some additional capacity to avoid having your posts flagged/removed as spam. –  eldarerathis Jan 19 at 6:51
@eldarerathis This is Android based answer forum. I write applications that solve Android based problems. There was a new problem with Kit Kat and the Nexus 5 not scanning the media. I solved that problem. –  Jared Burrows Jan 19 at 16:49
Did you actually read my previous comment at all? I see that you write apps, but coming here for the sole purpose of promoting your apps is not organic participation. It is spamming, and that's what you look to be doing at this point. Copy/pasting the same boilerplate advertisement across a bunch of different questions doesn't help with that perception either. –  eldarerathis Jan 19 at 17:07
People post other applications. The reason I posted was to help for the specific reason that the original poster asked. –  Jared Burrows Jan 19 at 17:09
You still don't seem to be grasping what I'm telling you at all, and I don't know any other way to explain it. People suggest other apps naturally in the course of their participation on the site, and that is fine. You write apps, then come here when you're finished and try to plaster the link on to as many seemingly relevant questions as possible, in an attempt to promote it, then never return to the site (until you have another app to promote). Those behaviors are not even remotely the same. –  eldarerathis Jan 19 at 17:14

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