Many Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S users have updated their Android from Ginger bread to Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony has released this update, but most of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S users who updated their android has experienced the problem with media refreshing.
After doing the simple software update (from Ginger bread to Ice Cream Sandwich) Xperia Arc S performance seem to drop. Most of the Arc S users reported phone slowing down, auto restarting, problems with wireless connections, and one of the most annoying problem is media not refreshing. When they connected their Xperia Arc S to the computer via USB, and uploded songs, or pictures to their phone, Xperia Music Player simly doesn't "see" the uploaded songs, nor the Xperia Gallery "saw" the uploaded photos.
There are many applications on the google play that offer the service of media refreshing, but none of them solved this problem. The new uploaded media is just undiscoverable by the Xperia applications.
One of the solutions that occured was clearing data from the Media Storage application, then restarting the phone. This worked, but it is not practical to do this whenever a new media file is uploaded to your Xperia Arc S that is running on ICS. After you apply this solution, your media base is not usable for a certain amount of time (it takes time to update the data from the whole SD card again). The other thing is that, when you clear data from Media Storage, Xperia Arc S "forgets" all user settings related to media files, like altered ringtones, notification sounds, alarm sounds, etc.
Now we offer you the whole new, tested and fully working SOLUTION to Xperia Arc S ICS Media Refresh Problem.
Xperia Arc S ICS Media Refresh Problem SOLUTION:
The real solution to this problem is doing the FULL factory reset, with SD card formatting. Note, this is for users who have updated their android from Ginger bread to ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Here is how to do that:
1. Make sure your battery is charged to more than 50%.
2. Backup your data - Don't forget to do the full backup. Backup your contacts, media files (pictures and music), and everything you wish to save, since this factory reset erases all data from your phone.
Note: All installed apps from google play will be deleted, and you will have to install them again!
3. After you have done the full backup, go to Menu->Settings->Backup&reset->Factory data reset.
4. Check the box "Erase SD card", and hit the button "Reset phone".
5. Wait for the Xperia Arc S phone to do the full reset, and the work is done!
After applying this solution, you will have to set up your phone again, upload music, pictures, and all the stuff you want, and you will NEVER have the media refresh problem again! Whenever you upload any type of media files to your phone, they will be instantly usable and visible to any Xperia application made for handling media files.
Side effects of this solution: users who applied this solution experienced an improvement in phone operating speed, and some have expeerienced the extended battery life.
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