File extension NOMEDIA

File type Google Android OS System Format
Developer N/A

What is NOMEDIA file?

The .NOMEDIA file extension refers to the android OS No media file. Basically, the NOMEDIA file is nothing but an empty text file.The origin of this file type lies in Google's privacy compliance and it was made initially to not allow third party viewers and Gallery apps to see any other apps internal media files.

The working of the .NOMEDIA file is interesting, whenever an media scanner or a gallery app searches through the android device's storage, it checks all the directories. Upon discovering a .NOMEDIA file in any directory, the media scanner does not show any of the media files in that directory in the gallery app.

Program(s) that can open the .NOMEDIA file


If you cannot open the NOMEDIA file on your computer - there may be several reasons. The first and most important reason (the most common) is the lack of a suitable application that supports NOMEDIA among those that are installed on your computer.

A very simple way to solve this problem is to find and download the appropriate application. The first part of the task has already been done – the software supporting the NOMEDIA file can be found below. Now just download and install the appropriate application.

This site also defines other possible causes causing the problems with NOMEDIA files.

Possible problems with the files that are in the NOMEDIA format

The inability to open and operate the NOMEDIA file does not necessarily mean that you do not have an appropriate software installed on your computer. There may be other problems that also block our ability to operate the Google Android OS System Format file. Below is a list of possible problems.

  • Corruption of a NOMEDIA file which is being opened
  • Incorrect links to the NOMEDIA file in registry entries.
  • Accidental deletion of the description of the NOMEDIA from the Windows registry
  • Incomplete installation of an application that supports the NOMEDIA format
  • The NOMEDIA file which is being opened is infected with an undesirable malware.
  • The computer does not have enough hardware resources to cope with the opening of the NOMEDIA file.
  • Drivers of equipment used by the computer to open a NOMEDIA file are out of date.

If you are sure that all of these reasons do not exist in your case (or have already been eliminated), the NOMEDIA file should operate with your programs without any problem. If the problem with the NOMEDIA file has not been solved, it may be due to the fact that in this case there is also another rare problem with the NOMEDIA file. In this case, the only you can do is to ask for assistance of a professional staff.

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How to link the file with an installed software?

If you want to associate a file with a new program (e.g. my-file.NOMEDIA) you have two ways to do it. The first and the easiest one is to right-click on the selected NOMEDIA file. From the drop-down menu select "Choose default program", then click "Browse" and find the desired program. The whole operation must be confirmed by clicking OK.

Is there a universal way to open unknown files?

Many files contain data in the form of text or numbers. It is possible that while opening unknown files (e.g. NOMEDIA) a popular Windows simple text editor, which is Notebook will allow us to see some of the data encoded in the file. This method allows you to preview the contents of many files, but probably not in such a structure as a program dedicated to support them.