What is a NOMEDIA file and how to open it?

What is NOMEDIA file

A NOMEDIA file is a type of file stored in an Android
mobile device, or in an external storage card that should be connected to an
Android device. It marks its enclosing folder for having no multimedia data so
that the folder will not be scanned and indexed by multimedia players. NOMEDIA
files have no filename prefix and are simply named as .nomedia. They are
only seen on Android mobile phones and tablets, or on devices that have the
connection to an Android device.

                          
These particular files never have a file name i.e., they are always seen
as .nomedia  and are used to direct
other apps to avoid the scanning of media files in the same folder where the
NOMEDIA file also exists. For example, if there is a folder called data files
and in it, there is a.NOMEDIA file, then most of the apps looking for media
files in that folder will come to know that they should not read any data from
it. In other words, the folder will seem to be invisible.

Uses
of NOMEDIA File

As  NOMEDIA files
hide a folder from other apps, the most genuine benefit is to putting a NOMEDIA
file in a folder on your phone is to hide private images or to hide unwanted or
surplus ringtones, images, videos, etc.

                     
For example, you can put your private images and videos into
a Secret Content album in your Gallery app and then add a NOMEDIA
file to it so that a casual observer looking through your images will only
watch out what you want them to see.

How
to create NOMEDIA file

There are few methods for creating the NOMEDIA file

i.
By using ES File Explorer

  1. On your Android device, launch and install the ES File
    Explorer app.
  2. Use the ES
    File Explorer
     for browsing the folder that you would like
    to have the .nomedia file.
  3. Next, click on the menu button and then click New.
  4. Choose the File and
    then enter the filename with the file extension as .nomedia
  5. Press Ok and
    it’s done.

 

ii.
By using Windows PC

  1. On your PC, launch the Notepad software.
  2. Now, click on File > Save.
  3. Enter .nomedia for
    the filename and select the
    complete Files
     for Save
    as type
    .
  4. Connect your Android device with the PC by using the USB data
    cable.
  5. Using the Windows Explorer, copy the .nomedia file
    from your PC to the folder that you want to stop the media scanning.

How
to open NOMEDIA file

If
you are unable to open the NOMEDIA file on your computer – there may be several
causes of it. The first and most important reason is the lack of appropriate
software that supports NOMEDIA among all these that are installed on your
device.

A very easy way to solve this issue is to
find and download the appropriate application. Now just download and
launch the appropriate application.

Problems in
opening a NOMEDIA file
.

  • 1 Corruption of a NOMEDIA file which is being
    opened
  • 2 Incorrect links to the NOMEDIA file in
    registry entries.
  • 3 Accidental deletion of the description of
    the NOMEDIA from the Windows registry
  • 4 Incomplete installation of an application
    that supports the NOMEDIA format
  • 5 The NOMEDIA file which is being opened is
    infected with an undesirable malware.
  • 6 The computer does not have enough hardware
    resources to cope with the opening of the NOMEDIA file.
  •  

How
to Delete NOMEDIA Files

A NOMEDIA file is required to be located in the folder
that should be marked as the “no media” folder. You can also create a new NOMEDIA
file that you want to hide from the folder’s contents, or delete the NOMEDIA
file to unhide music, videos, ringtones, etc.

                      
You can generate and delete NOMEDIA files directly from your phone or
tablet using an app like g(x) labs’ Nomedia, or Droida’s app with a
similar name.  With the second,
click-and-hold a folder to create a new NOMEDIA file; the folder will turn into
red to indicate that there’s a NOMEDIA file in it.

                     
 Another way to generate or delete
NOMEDIA files is from your computer. Install ES File Explorer File Manager on
your Android and then open Network > Remote Manager from
the menu. Enable the remote network feature and then from a computer, access
the FTP address given in the app.

                    
   This technique also works to
delete or rename a NOMEDIA file to undo the hidden effect. Unlike most of the
other files, there’s no reason to try to open a NOMEDIA file. Most of them are
completely blank, so seeing one of them in a text editor won’t show anything
anyway.

                       The only exclusion is if you’ve renamed a
picture or video to be .nomedia to hide the folder. If that’s the case,
renaming it back to a PNG, JPG, MP4, etc., will allow you to use the
file normally again.

Is a
.nomedia file a virus?

On an Android phone, a “.nomedia” file explains the OS to
exclude that directory/folder and any directories/folders under it whenever an
application scans for media files, such as.MP3′s or.JPG’s, for example. This
protects things like sound or image files in cache or data directories (folders)
used by the particular applications from displaying up in your music player or
photo gallery.

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