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Force Media Scan

Force Media Scan

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This app forces the Android Media Scanner to run.

I do this whenever I see duplicates in the music list, or when I manually add and media to the device over USB.

It works with the newer phones including 4.0 ICS/Ice Cream Sandwich and 4.1 JB/Jelly bean, and now 4.2.

To test the media scanner or to clean out the media cache:
Go to settings.
Click All Applications tab.
Click Media Storage.
Click Clear Data.
Click OK.

Now run Force Media Scanner and click the Scan button.

It will take a long time the first time you do this, as it has to read and process each video, and music file on the device.

Afterwards, runs will be much faster, and it's just updating the media store.

It's new, so if you have any issues, please email me.

Tags: nexus 4 force media scan, scan media storage 4.1, ics disable media scanner, media scanner, jelly bean media scan script, script run media scan, media scan, nexus 4 rescan media, force manual music scan.

Recently changed in this version

V3> Looks like media scanning on 4.2 doesn't work now that the insertion event is ignored. Updates to support external SDCards on 4.2. Yay! Works now for me!
V4. Minor changes to suppot 4.4 KitKat.

Comments and ratings for Force Media Scan
  • (53 stars)

    by Nedko Ivanov on 11/06/2014

  • (53 stars)

    by Lance Emil on 02/06/2014

    Crashes on launch .

  • (53 stars)

    by Ching Liang Lee on 02/06/2014


  • (53 stars)

    by Dwayne R on 03/05/2014

    This app worked great for a while. Now, all it does it crash every time I click scan media. Maybe an update caused the issue not sure but it's unusable at this point :-(

  • (53 stars)

    by John Roque on 19/04/2014

    Worked without a hitch. Scanned all my files nicely

  • (53 stars)

    by Michal Stráník on 15/04/2014

    Not working.

  • (53 stars)

    by eL Dee on 03/04/2014

    Doesn't Work on Kit Kat 4.4.2