I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1, and it's been rooted.

Whenever I try to connect it by USB, it goes into MTP mode, which isn't working for me when connecting to my Ubuntu Linux computer.

I'd really rather not have to deal with some software to make transfers. I'd rather just have it show up as a USB exernal drive like my phone does.

Is there a way I can disable MTP and make my tablet just show up as a USB external drive?


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I'm not 100% sure. But IIRC, the problem with normal USB storage is Android has to partition your phone for internal storage and USB storage. Your computer can then umount the USB storage from phone and mount it in your computer. So in many phones without MTP, even though the internal storage had capacity like 16GB, only 1 or 2 GB was available for app installation. While some phone gave up to 8GB for app, that space was wasted for people who didn't need that much for app but needed space for music and photos.

With MTP mode, there isn't separate partition but a whole single partition. So if you have 16GB internal storage in your phone, you can use whole 16GB for apps, music and photos.

MTP mode is available from Honeycomb and I don't think it's an optional component. I mean I don't think you can say I don't want MTP mode, I want USB storage mode.

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    Okay, so I need to forget about trying to not have MTP and instead focus on how to make it work on Ubuntu. Thanks for clarifying.
    – Questioner
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 1:26
  • The galaxy nexus has this same storage configuration as the tab. Perhaps this will work for you in Ubuntu as well. rootzwiki.com/topic/…
    – Brandorf
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 17:17
  • Well, is there any way to switch it between MTP and USB...? Because using MTP is a lot slower than USB as far as I experienced it.
    – Ali_Waris
    Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 5:25

No other way for disabling MTP Mode, except you have Android generic smartphone such as local manufacturer smartphone.

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