How to Hide Audio Files from Android Music Players
Do the recorded sounds or downloaded audio files appear in your Android Music Player? Learn how to hide audio files from Android music players.
Imagine how annoying it would be to suddenly hear random voice recordings when you are listening to music. The problem is that your music player cannot discern between a real music file and other audio files i.e. voice recordings because both are audio file types. So manual intervention is necessary to hide audio files from Android music players.
I use the default Play Music on my Android phone. The device does not have a pre-installed voice recorder, so I installed one from the Play Store to record sounds. The resultant recordings then began to show up in the music player. Since there are a lot of them, it is a bit bothersome to skip these audio files every time they start playing.
Deleting these voice recordings is certainly not a solution. I could temporarily “remove” the recordings from the list of songs. But they would again show up when the phone restarts or the music player scans the file directory to index new music files.
You might encounter the same issue if you have downloaded audiobooks, speech, ringtones, or recorded sounds using a third-party app.
But have you noticed that the music player does not play your default ringtones although they, too, are audio files? So why does a music player ignore ringtones?
It is because the ringtone folder also contains a file: .nomedia. If any folder contains this file, the music player would ignore the folder. This is the solution that we are going to apply to hide audio files (other than music files) from the pretty much every Android music player.
You will see that the audio files have disappeared from your Android Music Player. If there are multiple folders in which the audio files are stored, place a .nomedia file in every one of them.