Questions tagged [media-scanner]

For questions relating to Android's media scanner process, which maintains a list of media files (music, videos, pictures, etc) on an Android device.

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Android music album art stopped working, all artwork are 0 byte files

On my Sony Xperia Android Pie device, I can no longer get album art to load from the embedded tags in FLAC files. (It used to work, but stopped at some point.) Has anyone encountered this before? I ...
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Technical explanation for crazy Android Mediaserver battery drain bug?

On many forum posts, ranging mainly from 2014 to 2017 (it took Google that long to fix this critical bug?!), people reported experiencing a rapid battery drain by Android's media server process. I ...
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Are there any way to Capture video stream using Android camera as scanner?

I know , we can write android code to scan bar-code and QR code using normal android phone camera . I interest to know. can I write to scan video stream using Android camera? (I want to know , extract ...
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Why does MTP show wrong directory location? [duplicate]

MTP (Miserable Transfer Protocol) failed once again. After moving a directory to a different path, it is still on the same path as before according to MTP. I already tried re-plugging the USB port ...
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Can .nomedia be a folder?

If a file called .nomedia gets put into a directory, the Media Scanner skips that directory, e.g. sprite images. Does that also work if .nomedia is a folder?
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Streaming audio files from SMB (or AFP, or NFS) share to DLNA receiver without resampling

Is it possible to scan specific folders for music files and import them to some android media player app, which could then stream the music to a DLNA device? Another challenge is that the music files ...
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Manually trigger MediaScanner to scan files on Internal Storage on Nougat/Oreo

I often manage my files in Termux with scripts that use the mv command to move or rename them. I want to manually trigger MediaProvider to scan my internal stroage (/storage/emulated/0) or a given ...
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How to delete a file once it is created by an app?

This question applies to any file created by an app, but this is the description of my problem. I have an app installed in my phone that creates a .nomedia file in the root of my storage every time a ...
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Need a media subdirectory inside a nomedia folder

As the title says, I have been searching for a way to show pictures from a nomedia folder subdirectory...the files have to be in that directory and can't be moved. My messaging app stores it's ...
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still a mystery . thumbdata3 file space & performance hog

I just don't know how to fix this issue. I have tried almost everything and give up. I have read other threads on what to do if there is .thumbdata3 file that occupies a lot of space. my file ...
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Is it possible to have a media folder inside a .nomedia folder?

I have a folder with various folders and subfolders where I don't want my content to be scanned. Inside that folder I have put a .nomedia file to prevent media scanning. Now, I have a single folder (...
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Why is the audio category of my files incomplete?

I have recorded some .wav files with my Samsung S7. They are located in a folder of the recoding app. Unfortunately the audio category of the my files (Samsung) file manager only lists some of them. ...
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Force specific folder to be added to Photos?

How can I force media-scanner to index a particular folder? I use an app that takes photos and stores them in a sub-folder of it's own data folder. The data folder has a .nomedia file, so the photos ...
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What are the best 3D scanning mobile apps? [closed]

What are the best 3D scanning mobile apps?
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What is the purpose and function of the “Media Storage” application and the media scanner?

I want to know what the purpose of the system app "Media Storage" and the media scanner is for and why for any reason a user would choose to not scan media on boot.
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Prevent Google Music (but not other players!) from scanning local files

I'm wondering if there exist other options rather than adding the '.nomedia' file - this way I'm hiding the mp3s for all the players I have. But I want just Google Music not to see them, not other ...
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Remounting a part of external SD card

Context: I've now spent more than 6 hours reading all articles / possible solutions I can find about the ".nomedia" file bug of Android 4+. See bug report here or also here or possible solution here. ...
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Making mediaserver immediately scan a file created through ADB

The mediaserver in my stock and rooted Android 6.0.1 (running in Nexus 6) doesn't detect new files created or moved to into /sdcard using adb. It doesn't detect until I do a soft/full reboot which I ...
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Hide media on external sd card, lollipop and above [closed]

I want an app that can hide/encrypt selected pictures and video on the external memory card without moving them to internal storage where space is at a premium. This is the problem with Keepsafe and ...
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.nomedia file not hiding newly created images. Solution?

Note 5 running 5.1.1 Here is my issue... A .nomedia file placed in a folder that automatically downloads album art will only hide the images from Gallery if they were in that folder before the ....
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Music stored on the External SD Card is removed from playlists at reboot

So I'm getting a really frustrating issue happening with my phone wherein any .mp3 files stored on my external SD card are removed from their playlists whenever I restart my phone. Any music stored on ...
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Is there any way to fix MediaStorage's file creation dates without root?

I am using PlayerPro to play audio on my phone. I want my MP3s to be sorted by creation date and that is the problem. PlayerPro seems to be using MediaStorage's data about media files and it gets the ...
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Music player without files

My music player suddenly stopped and it says there are no songs. But in fact, there are songs in my SD-Card. I had a similar problem that is the gallery didn't display images and also I have ...
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My gallery shows nothing

I've searched high and low and cannot find a solution to this problem. The other day I wiped my phone for various reasons. Ever since I did the wipe the gallery does not display any of the images that ...
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/system/bin/mediaserver and /system/bin/drmserver dont want these but Android disagrees

I used this link Use Adb to disable Media Server hoping to permanenenly disable the battery hogging media server process . It did not work Mediaserver still runs on my Android 4.4 Jiayu S3 phone as /...
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How to permanently disable mediaserver service?

I am trying to permanently disable the notorious power hogging mediascanserver or mediaserver (whatever it's better known) service on a rooted Jiayu S3. Here are my ADB commands: su pm disable com....
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Help I accidentally removed the Media Scanner

A couple of hours ago I was cleaning out unnecessary apps on my phone (LG G3) using 3C Toolbox when I must have accidentally removed the app responsible for scanning my media. The Gallery & Music ...
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Android scanning app media files

My M8 is scanning all the app media files so music and images and icons from apps are showing up in gallery and music apps, I'm not sure which directories these are coming from so I can't add the ....
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Hide folder only from stock gallery without using Samsung's private mode

I know this might seem like a very common question, but when I have searched for a solution it seems almost no one has this same problem, all that is discussed is how to hide pictures that no one ...
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Mp3 not showing in library

I spent an hour trying to get this to work so I could get some sleep in my noisy hospital bed last night. I wanted to listen to some noise on loop. I downloaded some waves lapping type music. It's ...
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Is it safe to rename, delete or disable system/bin/mediaserver?

mediaserver is constantly running in the background eating up CPU. I don't care at this point if I don't get to use the gallery app and I'm fed up with having to reboot every time I hop out of my car....
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how can I stop media scanning?

I have a LG L7 mobile. From 2 days ago I have a serious problem with scanning media files. I turn on my mobile and scanning media files started scanning. after that scanning media files completed it ...
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Mediascanner is not working

currently am using a samsung galaxy note-2 with custom rom (slimkat 4.4.2.built 4 official) from last few days some time my media scanner is not working properly. sometimes after restarting it work ...
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Images are not being scanned in Kitkat

I have nexus4 with Kitkat 4.4.2. I added .nomedia file in DCIM/Camera folder. After restarting the phone, Gallery didn't show any of the pics from that folder. I removed the .nomedia file from the ...
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“Mediaserver” under Power management / Battery usage (xperia ZL)

I have a Sony Xperia ZL running Android 4.2.2 . There's a background process named "Mediaserver" which uses most of my battery, while the phone is on standby. If I charge it to 100% and leave it alone,...
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Why can't Android Media Storage detect my new Ringtone file?

I have had this problem on both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 (of all phones). I have a file, it is the same ringtone file I use on all my phones, it is an edited mp3 of a song I like. I put this file in ...
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Media scanner will not recognize NEW music

So I have a bunch of music already, all in /sdcard/music that scans just fine. When I add new music to the folder, the scanner does not recognize it even though I can see them in the folder in My ...
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Play Music (KitKat): update library not working

I use BitTorrent Sync to transfer audio files to my Nexus 5. All files are transfered to the 'music' directory. When new files are added to this directory, the only way to update Play Music's library ...
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How do I refresh/rescan the SD memory in Android 4.4 KitKat

I received the official OTA KitKat update for my Nexus 4 last week and since then I have been unable to rescan the SD card. I have tried a number of different apps for this task but all of them crash ...
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Correctly adding movies to a Nexus 7

I recently got a Nexus 7 (this year's model), and I can't seem to be able to add movies to it properly. I dragged a bunch of directories, each containing a video file and a subs file to the Movies ...
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How do I fix my camera?

I have a Samsung Admire (running Android 2.3) & my camera won't work: it keeps saying cannot connect to camera & it always says multimedia scanning. I'm not sure but I think some pics have ...
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How can I auto-end the media process on Android?

Media is consistently topping the list for battery usage at 80%+. I can go and force stop it, but it restarts by itself, when I use things such as camera or download things etc. Task manager does ...
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Media scanner ignores .nomedia on external sd card

I have my music on the external SD card on my phone, and use FolderSync to automatically sync podcast files to the same SD card from my computer. There are .nomedia files in the podcast folders (they ...
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Can I trigger a media scan via the command line?

Is it possible to trigger the media scanner to update its DB via the command line? I have an SSH server installed on my Android device and I copy files to/from over the same link. It would be great ...
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Android Music Player is not detecting Music files

I copied music files from my computer to my Galaxy Nexus phone, using the command adb push Music /sdcard/Music/, and the stock Android music player is not detecting these files (while others do). I'm ...
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Mediaserver is eating my phone's battery?

I'm using dual boot on my SGS2 with CM10.1 and JellyBam and both running fine but with some issue of mediaserver draining my phone's battery like a crazy nut. I have checked on Google and got many ...
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Gallery images appearing in mixed up order

I have an HTC One X with stock Android 4.1.1. As you know, Android 4.1 introduced a "nice" feature to the gallery which allows grouping images by events. Unfortunately, after this update I started to ...
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Is it possible to add arbitrary folders to the media scanner?

I have a Samsung Captivate Glide and it's got 4 gigs of storage that isn't main storage and isn't SD card memory. It shows up as a separate section under settings->storage and it's mounted on /...
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Mac's Android File Explorer and SSH are not in sync

I transfered some photos using the Android File Explorer application for Macs. However, I accidentally put them in the Music/ folder and Android File Explorer doesn't allow me to move files. So I ...
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No Music Showing in Any Music Player

My Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 is rooted + 3rd party Jellybean 4.1.2 XXLS6 MIUI rom Music apps tested: DoubleTwist | Songbird | Google Music In all of these apps, the music list shows empty. I have ...