What is a NOMEDIA file and how to open it?

What is NOMEDIA file?

open nomedia fileA 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.

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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.


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.

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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.


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

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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