Opening NOMEDIA files

Did your computer fail to open a NOMEDIA file? We explain what NOMEDIA files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your NOMEDIA files.

What is a NOMEDIA file?

NOMEDIA files can speed up the load time of certain Android multimedia apps, such as music and video players, photo viewers and image editing programs among others. This file format is used to create blank files that can disable media scanning within Android directories where they're placed. This means a .nomedia file in an Android directory will instruct Android apps to ignore any media file stored in that directory, and this can significantly reduce the Android app's load time and also speed up its media scanning tasks.

NOMEDIA files can be created by renaming any file and its extension as .nomedia. For example, if you don't want your music player app to scan certain directories in your Android device, then you can rename any unimportant image or music file in those directories as a .nomedia file. You can also place blank text documents in those directories and rename them as NOMEDIA files.

A .nomedia file can be opened by using any supported Android text editing app. These NOMEDIA files can also be opened with text editing programs in your PC or Mac. However, there won't be any use in opening these .nomedia files, so it's best to leave them where they are. You can just delete them in case you want certain apps in your Android device to scan the media files in those directories.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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