MoviePlayerApp : No Videos Found

Troubleshooting No Videos Found when you start MoviePlayerApp.

Unlike most video player apps, MoviePlayerApp scans a device for videos when you start the app. It will look in all accessible folders for videos, and if it finds any, it will make them accessible inside the app interface by means of cover images. To make the browsing of videos files easier, it will also allow you to select a folder where videos are located, and it will only show the videos inside that folder (and its sub folders) by tapping the folder icon and selecting the folder you want.

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This article describes different solutions for when you encounter a No Videos Found in MoviePlayerApp.

 

There are no videos (or compatible videos) stored on your device.

Captain Obvious here, if there are no videos on your device, MoviePlayerApp will not find any either. However, if your device has an internet connection, it will actually display a collection of sample videos. If it finds any video content on your device, it will not display these sample videos.

For your convenience, below a sample zip file with a video file that works on just about all the devices that MoviePlayerApp runs on. The zip file includes images that can be used by MoviePlayerApp (cover image, background image) as well, but those are not required.

download and extract

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and copy the sample video to your device

and then either restart MoviePlayerApp, or tap the rescan/refresh button.

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(note: the sample video file will not work on the FireTV, because, well, the FireTV doesn’t play local video files).

After MoviePlayerApp scanned your device, it should display the video thumbnail or cover image.

 

If the sample video file doesn’t show.

It is possible that an incorrect folder (maybe one you used before, and since then no longer contains videos) is selected. MoviePlayerApp remembers the last thing of everything (even the last play positions for every video you watch), so it might be set to an empty (or no longer existing) folder. It should automatically switch to the “root” of your device (the master folder under which everything is located) but maybe it did not.

Tap on the folder icon

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and see if there are any folders listed with a video count

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Tap on it, and it should show videos.

 

Still nothing.

In MoviePlayerApp, click on the settings button (the gear-looking one), and scroll down to advanced.

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Make sure that “Scan Files On Startup” is enabled.

If it already is enabled, try enabling the “Use different scan method” setting.

Go out of the settings and do a refresh/rescan again.

 

At this point, you should be able to see/play at least the sample video.

 

If your own videos still do not show.

On Android-based devices, there are certain “rules” for hiding stuff from apps. For videos, if a “.nomedia” file (no extension, just that) is located in a folder, it will tell apps (including MoviePlayerApp) to ignore the contents of that folder.

MoviePlayerApp extends the build-in video playback capabilities of your device. As of such, it can only play videos that are compatible with your device. There are apps (some even build-in, such as a Samsung Video App) that provide support for additional video formats, but MoviePlayerApp can only play videos that are compatible with your device hardware. As of such, video file types such DIVX and MKV might not be compatible, and will not play, and as of such are ignored by MoviePlayerApp. When found, MoviePlayerApp will try and access the files, but if the hardware doesn’t support it, it will ignore it.

In addition, drm-protected videos, such as ones downloaded from the Amazon / Google Play stores, or Netflix downloads, are also not playable by MoviePlayerApp.