How to exclude podcasts from an Android music player app

Written by on June 29, 2011 in guides - 8 Comments

If you regularly listen to podcasts, you probably use a podcast manager like Beyondpod, DoggCatcher or PodTrapper. You use the podcast manager to download podcasts and then listen to them. This means that you don’t need to play podcasts in your music player. Unfortunately, all Android music players automatically list all of the downloaded podcasts. If you put your music player in shuffle mode so random songs of yours play, you will occasionally get a podcast which will force you to get your mobile out and press the skip button. There is no setting in your podcast manager to stop music players from doing this! There is a solution though. It does involve a few minutes tinkering with a file manager, but it only needs to be done once.

1. Download ES File Explorer (You can use another file manager but it needs to be able to create a blank file)
2. Open up the file manager and navigate to the music folder in your podcast managers directory (My podcast manager is called DoggCatcher so I opened up the folder called “DoggCatcher”. I then opened up a folder called PodCastEnclosures, this is because this was the folder that stored the podcasts.)
3. Create a blank file called .no media (In ES File Explorer, press your phone’s menu button, press New, Press File, type in the words .nomedia, press ok)
4. Restart your phone
5. Open up your music player. All podcasts should now have disappeared from the player but still be present in your podcast manager.

That’s it! Now you can still enjoy your podcasts but avoid getting them mixed up with your music. If you need help then feel free to ask for help, I’ll be in the comments.


About the Author

Caleb is an 18 year old student from England. He bought an Android mobile over a year ago and has been a self confessed Android fan ever since. Caleb is passionate about helping people to make the most of their Android.

8 Comments on "How to exclude podcasts from an Android music player app"

  1. Paul July 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm · Reply

    Thanks a lot. Works perfectly!

    • calebk July 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm · Reply

      No problem

  2. Jean-Louis Bourdon July 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm · Reply

    doesn’t seem to work on HoneyComb 3.1

    • calebk July 4, 2011 at 11:14 am · Reply

      Hi Jean-Louis, thanks for letting us know.
      What podcast manager are you using?

  3. Steve August 12, 2011 at 1:59 am · Reply

    MATE. you’re a genius this has been driving me absolutely crazy and you got it sorted in 25 seconds. where do you guys LEARN this stuff?? HTC Desire & Winamp

    • calebk August 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm · Reply

      Thanks Steve. It drove me mad aswell so I created a guide from many sources of info. Glad it helped!

  4. Jilly C July 29, 2012 at 7:58 am · Reply

    Man you are a GENUIUS! I have been searching for weeks for a solution to this, downloading new players and not liking them etc. I knew there had to be a simple answer! This worked perfectly on my S3. Thank you so much,

  5. Huxley August 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm · Reply

    Awesome, thanks! I had IO file manger installed instead which had a menu option to “exclude media scan”. Just created the .nomedia file for me.

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