Disable media scanner app

Whenever the android cell phone or any other android oriented device is switched on, it automatically runs a media scan during the booting process that thoroughly scans each and every file in both internal as well as external memory slots of that particular device. This entire function enhances the start-up time for the android device with a reasonably low count of RAM and even consumes a lot more power than it would have otherwise have consumed without the media scanner being activated. As soon as the particular handset is switched on, a media scanner gets activated all of a sudden as a result of which the handset consumes far more power than what is consumed in the normal process and hence, the cell phone needs to be charged frequently.

Actually, whenever any specific mobile phone is connected to the charger after it is totally out of charge and then switched on, it immediately gets turned off in the middle of the turning on process due to the activation of the media scanner when the cell was attempted to be switched on. This happens mainly because the media scanner needs more power than the charger supplies and hence, more time is required for the media scanner to get adequate power supply. As a result, the total time needed by the same handset to turn on gets extended.

This whole event is particularly inconvenient in case the cell gets out of battery and is automatically switched off in the middle of an urgent call. Here, the user of the cell will have to wait for an additional span of time before the cell is switched on. As the situation suggests, this problem needs to be resolved immediately before it adds to the grievances and inconveniences of the android users. But before making efforts to overcome this hindrance coming in the path of smooth communication, one needs to have a clear idea about media scanner.

Media Scanner

Media scanner is actually installed in a cell phone to scan the newly downloaded or stored media files on the storage unit whenever the operating system, i.e., the android itself starts booting.

  • This system is basically responsible for configuration of thumbnails, galleries and many more. But to solve the problem of extra switching time, it is mandatory to disable the media scanner completely.
  • It can also be partially turned off to ensure normal power consumption by any android device. Once, a clean concept about the media scanner has been developed, one can now proceed to disable this particular scanning software either partly or fully, depending on one’s requirement.

Disable media scanner in Android devices on Reboot

Now, in order to disable the android media scanner during the startup process and to upgrade the boot timing, the following suggestions can be followed:-
Generally, a rooted device is required to disable the media scanner in an android cell phone or any other android based gadget. But if the following procedure is followed, then this rooted device is no longer a compulsion:-

#1 – Inserting .Nomedia File

1. The media scanner must scan each and every folder and directory in the storage unit even if it does not possess any media file.
2. The aforesaid scanning function can be deactivated in every possible directory or folder where this scan is not necessary at all.
3. A file explorer like the ES File Manager, Astro File Manager should be used in order to browse through to a specific folder or directory where the media scanner is required to be disabled.
4. A text file with no content is to be created with the name, ‘Nomedia’. But this is to be kept in mind that the file name should not bear any typos. The whole step is to be repeated in any desired folder or directory where the user needs to deactivate the media scanner.

nomedia file insertion - media scanner
In case, the rooted device is compulsorily required to deactivate the media scanner, only the best rooted device should be made use of for this purpose to avoid any technical problem.

#2 Using StudioKUMA .nomedia Manager – Automatically creates .Nomedia File.

The StudioKUMA .nomedia Manager should be downloaded from the available database. It will definitely let the user deactivate the media scanner that eats away a lot of time in scanning each and every directory and folder where it is not needed to do the same and in the process, requires more power supply than usual.

Download StudioKUMA .nomedia Manager by scanning the QR code.

How to Use StudioKUMA .nomedia Manager to Automatically Create .Nomedia file

Usage of this tool is very simple:-

  • To enter a directory, click on it.
  • To exit a directory, press Back button.
  • To toggle .nomedia state, tap and hold the item
  • More options are available by pressing Menu key.
Instructions :- Select the folder in which you want to make .Nomedia file > then select the folder and mark the sub files > then select it to add .Nomedia file.

A 0 Byte .Nomedia file is created in the folder, see the image below :-

nomedia file media scanner app usage

#3 – Changing the folder name as <Dot>.<Folder Name>

This method works very fine in all android firmware. We have provided the tutorial done by Astro File Manager.

  • Choose the directory which you want to make hidden.
  • Than tap and hold the holder for a second, from the menu select “Rename” option.
  • Add Dot “.”Prefix to name of folder to hide it from media scan.
Changing the folder name as <Dot>.<Folder Name>
Adding the “.” before the folder name will hide that directory, so media scan in disabled.
The Step no#2 & 3 worked fine on mine Sony Xperia SL running Android 4.0.4 ICS.

Most specifically, the media scanner examines the big SD cards like mine from boot whenever any new picture is taken with the device or any new video is recorded. There is good news for those who wish to use implement the deactivation process without a rooted device. There is a version of the re-scan media for the users who prefer to deactivate the media scanner with making the application of a rooted device. This will make the work all the more simple and convenient.
Thus, we find that the entire process of disabling the media scanner is not as simple as it may sound. For this, a purely technical and scientific procedure is to be followed so that the whole media scanner can be deactivated during reboot and the android device is prevented from excess consumption of power.

Please share your views if you find any other method to disable media scanner. All suggestions are welcome…

4 thoughts on “Disable media scanner in Android phones on Reboot – Inserting .Nomedia file

  • September 4, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Sorry, but none of this stops the media scanner in Android 6. Google seems to be very determined to scan all of our files, whyever.

  • January 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I find this very interesting. Being new to android my real question is how much time does it actually save? I guess it would depend on the amount of media or folder on the device. If I understand this correctly it scan even folders that would never have media in them. Such as you example of cut the rope. That would have no media located in that file yet android will still scan that folder at boot. If that is the case what a huge waste of resources. You should be able to set the media files in the menu and not allow android to dictate what media you have. thank you for this and trick to add to my bag.

  • January 4, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I am using a GingerBread Mobile Anurag. But my most of the photos are not getting Synched, does this Problem is because of .nomedia file?

  • December 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    nice tutorial… this will help lot of people…


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