If I connect an iPhone to a PC it is not possible to copy files between the PC and the iPhone. I would like to be able to do this because it would be useful.

What happens if I connect an Android phone to a PC? Do I see it as a disk or is it similar to the iPhone?

  • Wait, hang on! Why are you asking about iPhone in not being able to copy files? Use iTunes for that!
    – t0mm13b
    Feb 17, 2013 at 1:01

2 Answers 2


Absolutely, and it's very easy. This is the procedure for my Samsung Galaxy S; other phones may be different:

  1. Plug in the USB cable and a USB icon appears in the notification area at the top of the screen.
  2. Pull down the notification and tap "USB connected".
  3. Tap "Mount" on the dialog box that's displayed.
  4. Two removable drives show up on my PC; one for the built-in flash memory, and one for the expansion SD card.
  • great. It is what i hoped; soon or later i will try to get an Android phone :-) Thank you !!
    – Cris
    Jul 23, 2010 at 13:27
  • Yeah, this varies by phone (or possibly carrier?) - on the Moto Droid, you only see the expansion SD card, not the built-in memory.
    – GalacticCowboy
    Jul 23, 2010 at 15:34
  • This works fine, but I've found that I get better data transfer rates if I remove the SD card and use a card reader.
    – CodeSavvyGeek
    Jul 26, 2010 at 15:54
  • power users can push things to sd card w/o mounting in in terminal type adb push <file on desk> /sdcard/ Sep 16, 2010 at 23:35
  • Only one little thing, there are Android phones that have this function disabled, like for example the Samsung Galaxy S that requires to install a special app on your computer to copy files from/to the phone.
    – Doliveras
    Feb 11, 2011 at 17:32

On my HTC Desire you choose "Disk drive" mode although you only see the SDCard not the internal memory.

  • Same thing for HTC Hero. I imagine all HTC phones can do this. Sep 17, 2010 at 7:09

You must log in to answer this question.