If you don’t want a browser and other media applications to scan certain files then you can use the Nomedia file. Nomedia files are helpful in many ways. It may be hiding the files or other documents. In this post, We are going to cover How to create, open and delete nomedia Files on Android.
Table of Contents
- What is nomedia file?
- Why shouldn’t you have more nomedia file
- Advantages of nomedia files
- How to create Nomedia Files on Android
- How to a Find No-media files
- How to Delete a nomedia file
What is nomedia file?
A Nomedia file is basically a blank page that prevents applications from scanning or display contents. These files don’t have the name, they just have a .nomedia extension. There are multiple uses of nomedia files. These files can also increase security, In addition to increasing the performance of the application. These are only available on android devices.
Why shouldn’t you have more nomedia file
You should be careful while placing nomedia files. If you place it main parent folder, All the contents will be hidden from the application. sometimes you could have noticed that some files won’t show up in the app. This is because of nomedia files. While placing nomedia file, Ensure that it is not the main folder.
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Advantages of nomedia files
- It increases the performance of apps by excluding unwanted files thereby reducing the unwanted load on the app,
- It provides privacy by hiding the selected folder
- You can hide private files and photos without a need of external app
- It can prevent apps and browsers from scanning a specific folder
- Reduce duplicate files and images. Using a nomedia file you can craete folder where the duplicates can be stored and prevented from appearing in other apps
How to create Nomedia Files on Android
Create Nomedia files using existing files
You can use the existing files to create a nomedia file. This method covers how to create nomedia files by renaming the existing files.
Step 1: Create a blank text file in any text editor. Every device has a built-in text editor.
Step 2: Open the file manager on your android smartphone and head on to the file you were created earlier.
Step 3: Now copy or move the file to where you want to place a nomedia file.
Step 4: Select the File and click on the 3 dots in the top right corner. On some devices, you should go to the file info or edit menu.
Step 5: Click on rename and remove the existing file name. Type .nomedia and save the file
Create a nomedia file by copying file from other folders
Did you know android has many no media files present on the devices? You can find more than 5 nomedia files in just in WhatsApp folder itself. To create a nomedia file you just have to copy the existing nomedia file and Paste it where you require. This is the easiest and fastest way to create nomedia files.
Step 1: Go to file manager or file explorer on your android smartphone.
Step 2: Go to the WhatsApp folder. You can find the WhatsApp folder using the search option or by navigating to android, then media, and finally to WhatsApp
Step 3: Once you go to the WhatsApp folder there will be many subfolders. Select Shared or trash folder
Step 4: You will see a .nomedia file at the start.
Step 5: Copy it
Step 6: Now go to the folder where you want to copy the nomedia file and Paste it there. Now the contents of that folder won’t appear on other apps. By this, You have successfully created nomedia files.
Create Nomedia Files using third party apps
Playstore has a free app to create a no-media file. In this method, we are covering How to create a nomedia file using an app. No media app is easier to use. You can create a nomedia file just by turning on the button.
Step 1: Download and install the nomedia app from the play store.
Step 2: Open the app and give access to storage.
Step 3: You will be listed with all the available folders on your smartphone.
Step 4: Turn on the toggle on the right side of the folder to create a nomedia file in that folder
The nomedia file will be created and stored in the selected folder.
Create Nomedia Files using PC on Android
Using PC you can create any file. We will be using the same method that we used to create a file on android. This method could not be convenient for everyone, Since most people don’t have access to a PC. In this case, you can directly download the nomedia file from the next method.
Step 1: Open notepad on your Pc and Create a Blank File.
Step 2: Click on the Save as an option in the File menu
Step 3: Go to save as type and set it to all files. Enter .nomedia in place of the file name and save the application.
Step 4: Connect your android device and copy or move the file to the required folder
Download no media file
The above methods work fine. There are no error occurrences in the above method. But, If you are still unable to create a nomedia file, then the best way is to download an existing no media file. Many sites provide the option to download the nomedia. We also have uploaded a nomedia file to help you you can download it from below.
How to a Find No-media files
To delete or to know the location of nomedia files you need to find them. The nomedia files are not hidden, so you can easily find the nomedia files. Follow the below method to find nomedia files.
If you use the search option you cannot find those files, Since they prevent the app from scanning the folder. hence search fails. You have to manually find them
Step 1: Go to File manager and click on the shown hidden files.
Step 2: Now go to the folder and manually check one by one. You will find it. It could be a lengthy process.
How to Delete a nomedia file
If you don’t want to hide the contents of the folder, Then you have to delete the nomedia file. The method for deleting nomedia files is the same as deleting any other files in android.