NOMEDIA File Extension

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Android No Media Format
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What is NOMEDIA file?

Files with the .NOMEDIA extension usually do not contain any data, and they do not have any filename prefix. It is a hidden file which informs an app, that the directory in which it is located, does not hold any multimedia files that could be displayed (graphic, video or music). Deletion of a NOMEDIA file willl result in repeating the process of searching through a given directory.

NOMEDIA files are used to hide content of directories, so that it is not visible for an app – for instance – a system gallery. They can be opened within Android with some dedicated applications, or simply on a PC, and then sent to a specified directory using proper connection and software.


The full name of any file can be changed into .NOMEDIA, and thus enabling it to serve the same purpose. In order to retrieve access to content of the file with changed name, its original extension should be restored.

If you want to create such file manually, you must remember, that its filename prefix is supposed to be left empty. The file should include in its filename only the extension – it should be named: .nomedia

The file will not serve its purpose if it will be named like file.nomedia, etc..

Programs that support NOMEDIA file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the NOMEDIA file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the NOMEDIA file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the NOMEDIA file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the NOMEDIA file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the NOMEDIA file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the NOMEDIA file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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