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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.

Here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=burrows.apps.sdcard

This works on the Nexus 5!

Please let me know if this helps you!

Regards,

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