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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
    Commented Apr 21, 2011 at 15:28
  • Meridian Media Player has an option to rescan media in its toolkit section.
    – Sparx
    Commented Apr 21, 2011 at 16:20
  • I wish there was a native way to do this, but thanks for the info everyone!
    – jakebasile
    Commented Apr 21, 2011 at 18:32
  • Both of these apps crash when I try to run them. java.lang.SecurityException ... not allowed to send broadcast ... MEDIA_MOUNTED
    – endolith
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 4:19
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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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