An app to force Android to scan a storage medium for media and other files. Uses a method compatible with 4.4 KitKat and 5.0 Lollipop, 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

SD Scanner can be used with Tasker by using the "Send Intent" action listed under "System."
Use the following settings, leaving the ones I don't list at the default:
Action: android.intent.action.RUN
Target: Activity

If anyone wants to write a proper Tasker plugin, I'll happily take a Pull Request on Github.

Additional contributions from the following:
- Czech translation: Jaroslav Lichtblau
- Chinese translation: Laurence Chiu
- Russian translation: Github user "relan"
- UI tweaks: relan

App Information SD Scanner

  • App Name
    SD Scanner
  • Package Name
  • Updated
  • File Size
  • Requires Android
    Android 4.0 and up
  • Version
  • Developer
  • Installs
    100,000 - 500,000
  • Price
  • Category
  • Developer
  • Google Play Link

SD Scanner Version History

Select SD Scanner Version :
  • 1.11 (12)
  • SD Scanner 1.11 (12) APK File

    Publish Date: 2015-02-14
    Requires Android: Android 4.0 and up
    File Size: 34 KB (APK file)
    File APK Md5: 7ed3966deee1bb2bbcdb9180bf63a177
    File APK Sha1: ccb153433b4a92e77a16042a153db6a3923899c1
    APK Signature: 8c6b3b64e9a626ec2bea9a4dbe7903c733bc0559
    What's new :
    1.11: - Tweak wording on "ignore updated/changed" option. - Added translations for the new option. - Skips empty directories, as on some devices these forever show up as files in MTP if scanned. - Doesn't follow symlinks outside of scan directory. Should only affect rooted devices, but following these can cause problems. 1.10: - Option to ignore updated and changed files outside scan directory. - Fix a rare crash.

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