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What are NOMEDIA files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a NOMEDIA file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your 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.

How to open NOMEDIA files

Important: Different programs may use files with the NOMEDIA file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your NOMEDIA file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 6 different NOMEDIA openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: January 18, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension NOMEDIA

While we know of one file format using the .NOMEDIA file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .NOMEDIA file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of NOMEDIA files. Remember, different programs may use NOMEDIA files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with NOMEDIA-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with NOMEDIA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!