I checked my phone after a while (after 3 hours), and I found that all of my photos and songs were not there anymore. I checked my ES file explorer, because by default, I have Google files (which is not a good way to manage files). I saw everything was fine in ES explorer.

I rebooted the phone a couple of times and even pulled out and reinserted my SD card but it didn't work.

How can the problem be fixed?

  • Run some media scanner to update Media Storage database. Make sure no .nomedia file exits in any of your media directories or in their parent directories. Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 20:04

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Since you can access your music and pictures just fine from your file explorer, that usually means that it is being ignored by a .nomedia file.

Try to delete the .nomedia files from /sdcard, /sdcard/Music, /sdcard/Pictures, and /sdcard/DCIM.

If you have access to a terminal app on your phone, try the following commands:

cd /sdcard/ #Or  cd /mnt/sdcard or  cd /storage/sdcard0 if that doesn't work
rm -r ".nomedia"

(Note that the above commands will delete ALL .nomedia files from your phone, so other files (from app caches) will also appear.) Alternatively, you could put your SD card in your computer, use the file manager to search for .nomedia, and delete all the .nomedia files it finds.

After deleting the .nomedia files, your Gallery and Music apps should see your pictures and music.

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