How to exclude Album Art from Gallery app?

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    Whenever I view my photos with the Gallery application, I notice that it includes Album Art imagery stored among my music collection (in "Folders" view and "All Photos" view). Is there a simple way to filter or exclude these directories from being indexed by the Gallery app? It's very hard to traverse or browse my "real" photos when every other folder is an Album Art cover.
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    Anybody? *bump*
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    create a blankfile in the folder with the album art named ".nomedia"

    ive also uploaded the file for you. just unzip it. youll have .nomedia in there

    (file removed)
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    Thanks for the tip. I just added the file to the music folders with album art. I have 2 questions though:


    1. Do I need to wait some time for the phone to re-index my directories (and skip/remove the ones with album art)? I immediately went to my gallery after adding the .nomedia files but the album art still showed up. Is there a way to force or refresh the index?
    2. Does the .nomedia only affect gallery indexing? Or will my album art in these folders no longer appear in the default Android music player now that I've marked it to skip? (Basically, is the scope of the .nomedia global or limited to gallery indexing only?)
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    1. a reboot should take care of it

    2. its limited to the gallery app
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    Tried you file Pandroid, now the gallery will not open....
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    really!? have you tried a reboot? ive never heard of that happening. did you maybe put it in the root of DCIM? does removing it fix gallery?
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    Same for me. :( The gallery immediately closes. Yes I rebooted several times. The weird thing is, when I go to the same directories to remove the .nomedia files, the album art graphics files and .nomedia files are missing (is that what is supposed to happen?). So how do I get it back to the way it was? (No, I did not put .nomedia in the root or even anywhere in the DCIM folder, I only used it in some custom music folders on my SD card, but perhaps it got copied or propagated elsewhere on my phone during indexing?)

    *Update* even worse, it's started deleting some of my music files too (which were in the same directory as the album art). Seems like others have had the same problem (see http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=3692).

    Anyone know how I can get my gallery working again? I can't find instances of .nomedia anymore, so I don't know how to revert back to my old setup.

    Also, my phone is super sluggish now.
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    Yes Really...
    Reboot = Nothing
    Not in root of DCIM, not even a sub folder of dcim
    Removing it did nothing....

    Factory Reset Fixed it tho...:icon_evil:
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    i bet clearing the data/cache of gallery would have fixed it:)

    unless you tried it and didnt work. in that case... very odd indeed. sorry you had to do that
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    How do I do that? I haven't resorted to factory reset yet, but I'm considering it.
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    dont tell me you have the same issue as backnblack

    menu/settings/applications/manage applications/all
    select 'gallery'
    select 'clear data'
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    Yeah, I'm having the exact same problem, but I'm trying to recover from it without resorting to the factory reset (I'm not keen on reloading and reconfiguring everything).

    "Clear data" didn't seem to help or do anything. I rebooted after clearing data, and the Gallery still closes immediately after attempting to open.

    I tried to use an app called ".Nomedia Manager" (StudioKUMA?) and it listed where I had manually copied the .nomedia files. I manually deleted those entire directories, and then tried to open the Gallery. It now shows a "Loading Media Files" screen but after 2 hours nothing has yet to appear. I don't know if that means it's re-indexing any graphics files on my phone or stuck in some endless loop. Whatever it's doing, it killing my battery so I've plugged it in to keep it charged while it's doing it's thing.

    Any other suggestions?
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    hrm... im really sorry. in no way did i maliciously post that file. ill be sure to remove it and take a look at it. it works perfectly on my phone, infact it IS the file off my phone

    this is what i would do if i was experiencing your problem:
    search through my entire sdcard for .nomedia

    remove .thumbnails and maybe even .video_thumbnails from /sdcard/DCIM as well as 100ANDRO (if you have it)

    dont open gallery

    clear gallery data again from setting

    reboot

    and open up gallery giving a few minutes for it to reindex your images

    hope this fixes it for you. this is really odd

    edit: i checked the file i uploaded and it seems fine. even works on my phone. i removed it anyways. im stumped as to what the issue is.
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    Apology accepted, I know you were just trying to help!

    I have found other instances of .nomedia, but they are in app-related directories (like "/sdcard/data/beautifulwidgets/wskins" or "/sdcard/launcherpro_backup"). I don't think I want to touch those, right?

    How do I do this? I don't see/know a way to search for these filetypes. Do I need an app to view these (like I had to install to find the .nomedia instances)? I'm not that adept at Android yet, and hitting the search button in file manager didn't let me search by filetype.

    Is there a way I can just repair or reinstall the Gallery (from apk or something)? Again, I'm trying to avoid a factory reset.
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    those are actually folders. the easiest way to get rid of them is to mount your phone on your computer and just delete like that

    touching the other .nomedia files will not break anything. itll just make the files exposed in the gallery. but maybe deleting them if the previous steps didnt work might fix it

    and yes. you are able to uninstall/reinstall gallery. but you will either need adb or some kind of root explorer app as well as a copy of the rom on you device
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    Gallery still refuses to open. :(
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    try booting into recovery and clearing CACHE only
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    When you say "clearing CACHE only" do you mean use the "Wipe cache partition" selection available from the recovery menu? Or something else?

    Will there be any ill side effect (perhaps to other apps) by doing this? I really don't want to brick my phone.

    EDIT: I just noticed an error message at the bottom of my recovery menu:
    "E: Can't open /cache/recovery/command"

    What does this mean, and is it my problem?
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    I just ran "Wipe cache partition" and no improvement. What next? I found the 2.2 gallery APK here, can I just reinstall it? Will this overwrite (repair) the current corrupted instance of Gallery? Or will it just create a 2nd instance?
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