SD Scanner

SD Scanner


An app to force Android to scan a storage medium for media and other files. Uses a method compatible with 4.4 KitKat, tested on my Nexus 5.

In Android 4.4 KitKat, the method used by most older programs to rescan a storage medium no longer works. Instead, an interface must be used that only allows one file to be specified at a time. This app works by determining what files/folders might need to be scanned again, and then by calling the correct API on each file/folder.

This app is licensed under the GNU GPL v2 or later, with source code available at http://github.com/jerickson314/sdscanner

Recent changes:
1.7:
- Try to fix crash on I/O errors during file listing.

1.6:
- Remember chosen path when app is restarted.

1.5:
- Try to fix infinite recursion crash caused by symlinks on (most likely) rooted phones.
- Update UI to reflect the fact that it does detect deleted files.

1.4:
- Try to fix rare observed crashes.
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Free
83
4.2
User ratings
492
Installs
10,000+
Concerns
0
File size
26 kb
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About SD Scanner
An app to force Android to scan a storage medium for media and other files. Uses a method compatible with 4.4 KitKat, tested on my Nexus 5.

In Android 4.4 KitKat, the method used by most older programs to rescan a storage medium no longer works. Instead, an interface must be used that only allows one file to be specified at a time. This app works by determining what files/folders might need to be scanned again, and then by calling the correct API on each file/folder.

This app is licensed under the GNU GPL v2 or later, with source code available at http://github.com/jerickson314/sdscanner

Recent changes:
1.7:
- Try to fix crash on I/O errors during file listing.

1.6:
- Remember chosen path when app is restarted.

1.5:
- Try to fix infinite recursion crash caused by symlinks on (most likely) rooted phones.
- Update UI to reflect the fact that it does detect deleted files.

1.4:
- Try to fix rare observed crashes.

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A Google User
Jul 24, 2014
Nice Only one that works for Kit Kat
A Google User
Jul 22, 2014
only media rescanner to work on kitkat I tried maybe 7 other media rescanners and they would all crash. This one actually works because it's made with KitKat's new restrictions in mind. One internet user wrote this "Because lots of apps abused the MEDIA_MOUNTED broadcast intent to cause a rescan of the whole filesystem (draining battery) after they only changed one file, KitKat has a new restriction that only system apps can broadcast this intent. Apps that try will get a SecurityException, which by default causes the "... has stopped" dialog."
A Google User
Jul 21, 2014
Works. Also, it's ad- and clutter-free.
A Google User
Jul 19, 2014
Solves Android problems
A Google User
Jul 19, 2014
Best media scanner app I moved my folders to external SD with Folder Mount app, but the gallery couldn't see the files, and wouldn't refresh on boot. This app, the only one that worked without FC, took a few minutes and worked exactly as required. Only thing I would suggest is the ability to visually navigate to your external folder, as I couldn't remember the exact path, which Folder Mount does exceptionally well.