Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an interface to communicate between the mobile device and the computer. This is for questions regarding connecting an Android device to a computer's USB interface.

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Why is Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate) USB not supported in my Honda Pilot?

Any thoughts on how to resolve the "USB not supported" error my vehicle (Honda Pilot) displays when I connect the phone (Galaxy S Captivate) via the USB jack? Thanks in advance!
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Most efficient method of tethering?

I'm aware of this other quesion, but it doesn't answer with regards to usb-tethering: Which method of wireless tether uses the least amount of power? Bluetooth or Wifi? I'm going to use my android ...
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Open command prompt to access folders of a USB connected Android phone

If I connect a Phone with my Windows 7 machine via USB, it shows up in explorer with a name e.g. Nexus 5. How can I open a command prompt and change directory to this device. For lettered drives, I ...
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Galaxy S2 no USB Conenction after firmware update

I just got an automatic firmware update for my Galaxy S2 Android 2.3.6 I9100GXXKL4 Kernel 2.6.35.7 dpi@DELL164 #2 GINGERBREAD.XXLB1 Now the USB connection does not work anymore and I cannot ...
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Recovery boot not working properly - cannot select items

I am working towards installing CM7 on my HTC Incredible and have hit a snag. When using 'Reboot into Recovery' from ROM Manager v4.3.3.0 the phone reboots into Recovery, but the menus do not function ...
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How to copy file from PC to android tablet?

When I connect the android tablet to windows 7 I get 2 external devices, one of them (H) doesn't open. When I open G:, I get this If I want to copy an app (adobe reader) to the tablet, to which ...
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Cannot get Android drivers to install on LG Thrill

I've Googled everything I could think of and I can't get this to work. I'm trying to help someone set up his Android phone - an LG Thrill 4G - to connect to his PC so he can text from his computer, ...
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Micro USB cables that only charge but no data, no mounting etc (Samsung Galaxy S)

Not all cables seem to be created equal but I've never got to the bottom of why so many (cheap) cables I try only charge - no data. Anyone know why? Certain pins not connecting? I do know that longer ...
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How to use an Android device as bluetooth USB dongle?

Is there a way to use my android device as a bluetooth USB dongle without rooting it?
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Android ADB Shell Recovery Mounting

*Question: I need assistance mounting an Android phone's internal data using the Android ADB Shell while the unit is connected via USB and in recovery mode. How do I form a proper mount command? See ...
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micro-usb headset on android 2.3

I have a samsung galaxy ace which I am trying to setup to work with a usb headset. The problem is that the usb headset has a micro-usb connector and my phone does not seem to be recognizing it at all. ...
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How do I configure Android without using the touch screen?

I have an old Android phone around whose display broke after a fall. The touch screen has stopped working but I am reluctant to accept the device merely as a paper weight. I do have some use cases ...
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Can we connect external Bluetooth Dongle in Android Tablet?

For my survey I want to attach an external USB Bluetooth Dongle to an Android Tablet. Actually I want better range of the bluetooth, so I will use an antenna for the external bluetooth. I want to know ...
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Samsung Galaxy S4 USB Not Recognized by Windows 7

When I connect my Samsung Galaxy S4 (Verizon) with a USB cable to my work PC that is running Windows 7, my work PC recognizes it immediately. I see all my pictures, music, etc. When I connect my ...
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Get root or re-install the OS without a USB cable?

Usually, the guides for getting root or re-installing the OS on an Android device (I have a Samsung Galaxy S, which I'm mostly inetersted about) tell to flash the device from another computer through ...
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Samsung Galaxy Y won't connect to the computer

I'm having problem connecting my Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S5360 to the computer using via USB. Whenever I connect it, it automatically charges. Before there was a prompt to connect it to the computer ...
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Installing USB driver for Micromax A50

I have to install USB driver for Micromax A50 . I have google USB driver installed through SDK Manager, but need a USB driver specifically for this device. To install this USB driver I think, I need ...
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Can I input a video signal into my HTC phone to use it as an external monitor of a camera?

I'd like to use my HTC Evo 3D as an external monitor for my Canon 7D camera. The Canon 7D has a HDMI output. It also has an USB port, naturally. I was wondering whether this would be possible. I ...
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test usb functionality from the handset?

I am using HTC Desire HD, I have a terminal with root permissions. Are there any tests I can do on the USB port from the handset side? i.e. to make sure it exists and is functional. The reason I am ...
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I want to execute shell commands on my pc from my android via USB

I have a linux box, without any network interface, only usb. I have my andorid phone, and the USB cable. I would like to connect from my android device to the linux box,and execute shell commands on ...
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phone not visible to finder (on mac) suddenly

When I connect my phone to my mac via usb, I no longer see it in finder. Nor does it automatically launch iphoto as it used to. On the other hand, I can see it from sdk tools like ddms, and can ...
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Can I drive a USB webcam with my android touchpad?

I have I have an Android touchpad and a usb webcam... Can I use the pad to control the webcam?
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How to mount two USB drives from same device on Android?

I'm wondering how I can mount two USB drives from a USB device on Android. I have a Garmin Oregon GPS device with a USB port. When I connect it to a Windows PC, I get two drives: one for the internal ...
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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Discharging When Plugged In Even After USB Replacement

I've got a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus that as of a few weeks ago quit charging - in fact it quickly drains the battery (discharges 2% / minute if not more) while plugged in. I tried different ...
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Communicating with micro USB to Ethernet

I am trying to communicate with an ethernet enabled devices from my Android phone. My phone has Android 2.3.6 and the device I am trying to communicate with has a mini web server running on it. The ...
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Can I use my android as a wifi bridge via USB?

I have a broadband connection to my computer, but no wireless router. I would like to know if I can connect my android as a wifi bridge; using my broadband connection instead of my mobile internet ...
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Using OTG cable, transfer file from cardreader to external harddisk, is it possible?

I will be going on a holiday and I want to be able to back up my photos to my external harddrive. Usually this means bringing a laptop with me. However I have : Galaxy Nexus, rooted and unlocked ...
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Xperia Arc S typing problem while connected to PC?

I am having a problem with my Xperia Arc S, running Android v4.0.3. When I connect my phone to PC with USB cable, and trying to type anything while it's connected, my phone detects a single touch as a ...
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Android USB Gadget Driver

I am trying to get Ethernet over USB working for my Nexus S. I am running Ice Cream Sandwich v4.0.3 and have rebuilt the kernel with USB Gadget support turned on. When I connect the phone to my ...
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How to enable a HTC MyTouch 3G Slide USB tether in Windows 7?

I'm trying to use HTC MyTouch 3G Slide for USB tether instead of my old G1, which works perfectly. On the first try the ADB driver didn't recognize the phone, but worked fine after adding this to ...
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Increasing my phone's charging rate while tethered

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and a laptop with 2 USB 3 ports. When tethered to my laptop (to provide Internet access via GSM/HSPA data), the phone charges very slowly, especially if I am using it for ...
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Why does my SD data get messed up when i connect to PC with USB?

Every time I connect my phone to my computer via USB (Huawei U8666E, Android 4.0.3) even after I've disconnected my phone, the following 2 things happen (that I can tell): My ringtone goes back to ...
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Can USB charging (via mains adapter or from PC/Mac) of Android tablets be the main, primary method of charging? Or are there design issues?

Are there design issues with tablets being charged by USB not seen with Android phones? I saw this on another forum, what are your thoughts on this with regard to my question? ...
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How to run an SFTP server on my CM9 RC2 Galaxy Nexus

I want to run an SFTP server on my GSM Galaxy Nexus (Cyanogenmod 9 RC2). I plan to connect to the Galaxy Nexus from a Kubuntu 12.04 PC via USB cable (not wireless). It is my understanding that ...
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What Android distro can boot from USB stick in PC/Laptop?

I have an old HP Pavilion dv2000 laptop with a busted hard drive. I want to put a compatible Android distro onto a USB thumb, plug this in to the laptop and boot into it and use it for casual www ...
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Android USB tethering to an OpenWRT router

I'd like to USB-tether my Android phone to a local router. I have a tether plan, so that's not an issue. My reasons why I want it this way: the router should expose the internet to all ...
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“USB Storage damaged. It may need reformatting” error message in status bar

On rebooting my Samsung Galaxy S2 (running Villain ROM 3), I got an error in the status bar "USB Storage damaged. It may need reformatting". File managers like Astro fail to open the /mnt/sdcard ...
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How do I get a ROM onto my ICS (Android 4.0) tablet?

I have a Galaxy Tablet 10.1. I decided to root it, that went fine. Then I decided to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. That also went fine. It was only after upgrading that I discovered the camera does ...
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File Transfer: How to transfer files betwen my Xperia Neo (Android 2.3) and Kubuntu Linux?

I have bought a Xperia Neo which runs Android 2.3 and I'm running Kubuntu Linux on my Laptop. I just connected the Phone using a USB Cable and set it to Mass Storage Mode. I expected to have the ...
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How can I retrieve data from an Epic 4G without a working screen?

My epic 4g served me well for 10 months before the screen died out on me. I bought a new one and would like to transfer data from my old phone to my new phone, however, it seems impossible when the ...
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How to view pictures from Samsung Galaxy Mini on Sony Bravia tv?

Any idea how can I connect my Samsung Galaxy Mini to Sony KDL-22EX320 Bravia tv? I cannot get it to show up as a USB device. The tv manual also mentions the possibility of browsing wifi devices but I ...
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Possible to charge one phone off another?

What's stopping the ability of charging a cell phone from another cell phone? If I were to create a crossover/patch USB cable and connect it between two phones or tablets, would there by any way to ...
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Phone isn't detected via USB but still charges

My Galaxy GT-S5360 is not being detected via USB when I connect it to my PC. It still charges however. It used to work and there was a prompt to connect it to the computer but now it just charges ...
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Connecting USB mouse to Galaxy SIII

I bought a basic female to female USB adapter and connected my Galaxy SIII USB cable to the mouse. This didn't work. What am I doing wrong? Do I need an OTG cable? Something about USB hosts? I don't ...
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Mapping Xbox 360 (wired) controller buttons on SuperGNES

I'm trying to map A & B buttons on a android snes emulator (on ACER A500 running android 3.2) but it seems that A & B buttons are mapped as "back" action by default on android. Is there any ...
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Can you get MAC drivers for Huawei U8180?

I have a Huawei U8180 (sometimes called X1). When I mount the USB I can see the SD card and there is also a tool on the device to install the Windows drivers. But can't seem to find anything for ...
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Is there a way to stream all audio from PC to Android via USB?

My headphones socket on my laptop is busted, and I'm wondering if I can stream all the audio (every sound the PC makes) from my laptop to my Android, so I can use the headphones connected to the ...
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Substitute Win7 USB drivers for ADB mode

Under Mac OSX there is no need for a USB driver for ADB mode. Under windows, apparently, there is. I'd like to be able to adb shell to my android tablet from my Win7 PC. This table gives a list of ...
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Can I play movies on an Amazon Fire HD from an external USB hard drive?

I read the some Android devices are able to mount USB hard drives or pendrives connected directly to the miniUSB of the Android device: ...
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Is it possible to use Samsung Galaxy Nexus as a bootable USB stick?

I want to install centOS linux distro on my desktop, which does not have a disk drive. Moreover, I posses a 4GB usb stick which is insufficient for installation. I need a usb stick with atleast 8GB to ...