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What are NOMEDIA files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a NOMEDIA file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your NOMEDIA files.

What is a NOMEDIA file?

A .NOMEDIA file is an Android No Media 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.

This file format creates 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. This can significantly reduce the Android app's load time and speed up its media scanning tasks.

NOMEDIA files can be created by renaming any file and its extension as .nomedia. For example, suppose you don't want your music player app to scan specific directories in your Android device. In that case, 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 NOMEDIA.

A .nomedia file can be opened using any supported Android text editing app. These NOMEDIA files can also be opened with text editing programs on 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 delete them if 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 six different NOMEDIA openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: December 22, 2023

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.

GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
Windows Media PlayerWindows Media PlayerUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerDiscontinued
Windows Photo GalleryWindows Photo GalleryDiscontinued

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