Excluding folders on media apps in the Samsung Galaxy Tab or other Android Device

The Music app in landscape mode on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Music app in landscape mode on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a great media device. It supports many formats that others of its kind do not such as MKV video and FLAC audio. But, as it is powered by Google Android, it shares a quirk common to its other Android brethren: the tendency of the media scanner to include files that you do not want the device’s media apps to detect. Such files may come in folders used by other apps such as voice recording applications or media files used by games. Regardless of where they came from, hearing drifting noises or your voice recordings while listening to music can be both annoying and even embarrassing in some cases.

The Galaxy Tab, or the Android OS for that matter, does not seem to include any easy way to exclude folders from media scans. Worry not though as there is a fix that works for the Galaxy Tab. The fix may also work on other Android 2.2 (Froyo) devices but before we jump to the method heed my warning first!

Warning! 警告!
Data loss and deletion of media files is possible when adding a .nomedia file to a directory that has already been scanned. Although I have not encountered the problem with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, I won’t be responsible if you lose data for following the instructions below. Backup the data in the folder before performing my instructions. You have been warned.

Proceed to the next page if you’re up for the risks.

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3 thoughts on “Excluding folders on media apps in the Samsung Galaxy Tab or other Android Device

  1. Pingback: Playing MKV files with subtitles on the Galaxy Tab « BinarySauce

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