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  1. tphillips84

    tphillips84 Active Member

    sorry if I'm duplicating threads.. I've transfered music onto my sd card and none of the players will locate it. the music is on the card I can go into my files and play it individually. I'm using a San disk 32gb card in a non rooted phone


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  2. jevin_jensen

    jevin_jensen New Member

    I have S4 and same SD card as above. Exact same issue. Can not get Samsung music player to see it or import library. I can use MyFiles and select a file and play it even, just not through Samsung app. I even set the default path to my SD card and music folder. It does not see it. I have reboot the phone and used Rescan SD app too. I have mounted and unmounted. No problems, just won't be picked up by Samsung music.

    If I copy the files from the SD card to the Music folder on built-in device storage, they pop up just fine.

  3. crabman

    crabman Well-Known Member

    Is the music in a format that can be read by the stock music app?
  4. elfy23

    elfy23 Well-Known Member

    Thats strange. I have a 16gb sandisk ultra class amd my music pops up. All of my music is in a folder named My_Music so try that and make sure there is no .nomedia file
  5. RichSz

    RichSz Not Entitled VIP Member

    It might have something to do with the Samsung player. I'm using PowerAmp with my tunes on an external SD card and am having no problems. I'd suggest trying free versions of different players.
  6. lotus49

    lotus49 Well-Known Member

    I use iSyncr to get my music onto my external SD card but both the stock player and Player Pro can find my music.

    Have you somehow inadvertently excluded the SD card or the relevant directory from the media scan?
  7. crabman

    crabman Well-Known Member

    The .nomedia file makes it so the pictures are not indexed and added to the gallery, it does not affect the scan of the mp3s themselves. They should be being added to the index of available music which is what the players look at to find music.

    First restart your phone to force an index and see what shows up if you have not already done it. I know it sounds obvious but make sure the music is in a format that the player can read. It does all the usual stuff like aac, mp3 and so on but if you've gone into one of the more unusual lossless formats or whatever you have to get a player that can play that format. Related, make sure that you have not imported your music to your phone in a play list format that the player cannot play. Both of these get people all the time.

    If you have already restarted and the files can be played by the player and are not in an unrecognizeable play list then the next step is to go into your settings/applications/ find the player and delete its cache and data. Force stop it and then restart your phone. Startup will take slightly longer than usual but thats normal. This will not delete your music. If that doesn't work let us know.
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  8. notrick1990

    notrick1990 New Member

    I have tried everything you said but still the same problem, the players cant detect my songs which stored in sd card
  9. Ageless Stranger

    Ageless Stranger Well-Known Member

    Very odd indeed, I have a 32Gb Sandisk card and I've never had a problem playing music from it. Can you see the files using the android file browser?
  10. Szadzik

    Szadzik Well-Known Member

    I use the built-in player and it finds music on my SD card just fine. I just created a "Music" folder and opened music player.
  11. PickPatrick

    PickPatrick Active Member

    My stock "play music app" goes right to the SD
  12. jdCaptivate

    jdCaptivate Well-Known Member

    I had problems with one of the best free players, 3 (cubed). Even when I selected the card storage, it would revert to internal.

    back over to PowerAmp, which I've owned for a couple years and it let me pick and choose with ease, right off my micro sd and the directories I wanted.

    My first real gripe about the phone.
  13. gadzooks64

    gadzooks64 Well-Known Member

    Google Play Music app finds music on my SD card.

    What carrier are you on? Maybe this is specific to a carrier.

    I'm on Verizon.

    Edit: Just saw that you are on 3. Is it a global unlocked device?
  14. WKA_Doc

    WKA_Doc Member

    With the stock player it wont find music on my SD unless I put it in a folder called Music on the root of the SD. then it finds it fine.
  15. Netcat

    Netcat Well-Known Member

    This is the answer. Create a folder on the root of your SD card called "Music" and put all your music in there. Also create folders for "Movies", "Pictures", and "Ringtones" if they are not there already. Make sure folders are spelled exactly as I wrote. Then your phone will also recognize your movies, pics, and ringtones that you store on your SD card.
  16. lotus49

    lotus49 Well-Known Member

    This may be an answer but it's not the answer.

    I have my music in a folder called syncr (put there by iSyncr) on my external SD card but all my music players find my music no problem.
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  17. metropical

    metropical Member

    mine is in mSD/Music on my HTC Sensation.
    Restarted once and most music apps find the folder.
  18. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    I'm having the exact same experience. No problems at all finding my music.
  19. strikewun

    strikewun New Member

    Best Answer
    Don't know if this issue has been resolved or not but I was having the same problem and solved it

    I found this thread by way of Google, so hopefully I can help someone that was having the same problem as me

    Since I'm new, I can't post any screenshots or links, so I'll try to be descriptive, but its kinda the same method from crabman post

    Samsung Galaxy s3 T-Mobile

    So, this is how I came about the problem. I downloaded a playlist backup app that also make a .nomedia file along with a playlist backup in whatever folder its in. I wanted my playlist backed up on the root of my external SD card, but I didn't know nothing of the .nomedia file at the time.

    The app put a .nomedia file on the root of my extSD card :(

    Don't bother trying to find the file with the stock file browser because its hidden. You'll need something like Root Explorer to find it.

    These are the steps I took

    >Using Root Explorer, find the .nomedia file on the root of your extSDCard and delete it

    >Go to your settings and open up the application manager.
    >>>Force Stop and Clear Data from two apps, Music Hub and Music Player

    >Unmount and Mount your extSdCard

    >Restart your phone

    Oh, I also pulled the SDCard, but I don't think it was necessary. I hope this helps someone out that was having the same problem as me.
  20. Dowtchaboy

    Dowtchaboy New Member

    I have a Sony Experia Tipo and the standard Music player that came with it just suddenly lost sight of the music I had installed on the ext_SD card using Sony PC Companion.

    Turning the phone off and on again restored it.

    PS : don't mix Sony PC Companion with ITunes. It seems to modify itunes library files and I had to rescan folders and rebuild itunes and back-import ratings from ipad after one use of this.
  21. st1sking

    st1sking New Member

    So my Sprint Galaxy s3 will not recognize new music on the sd card until I:

    > "unmount" and "mount" sd card
    > go to settings/apps/music player and clear the cache/force stop
    > re-open app

    After that, everything shows up in the default player.
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  22. cddfxo20

    cddfxo20 New Member


    This exact thing happened to me too.

    Apparently if ur not using a USB connection and just using the SD card directly, u have to format it and add everything back in a separate folder "i named it as MicroSD2013" and then using My Files once the sd card is mounted, to move ur files back up to the externalsd folder; in which enables the scanner to read the files quickly. My pictures were returned back to the gallery after i had done this.
  23. cddfxo20

    cddfxo20 New Member

    Oh and btw... Make sure all files have a read symbol on it when u are in MyFiles. It forces the phone to read it. I waited for all of my thumbnail pictures to show and they appeared in my gallery.
  24. marina84

    marina84 New Member

    Made an account just to thank you for posting this. It fixed the problem perfectly on my s3. Thanks again!
  25. owura143

    owura143 New Member

    Silly question: How do I mount and unmount my external SD? I followed all the steps but was unsure of how this is done so i removed and re-inserted my external SD before turning off the phone and I am still having the problem. Also, Music Hub is not on my phone so I just cleared cache/data /force stop for music player. Any help will be appreciated.

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