In Android 3 the connection to PC as Mass Storage Controller feature was removed.

Is there a way to access MTP-mounted phone as a drive letter? I want standard file manager programs (e.g. Total Commander) to work.

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    Related: superuser.com/questions/369959/… – Erik May 13 '12 at 20:14
  • @Basj I think you're using wireless network to access the device, which comparatively causes slow performance for obvious reasons. If you switch to USB tethering the performance would be on the same lines of MTP OR USB mass storage connection. Related: Is there a viable alternative to MTP for file transfer? (works like a charm from Android 4.2.1-6.0.1) – Firelord May 17 '16 at 20:26
  • @Firelord : I don't understand your remark. I'm not using wireless connection. I'm using USB Media Storage on my Android 2.3 device, and now with my new Android 4.2.2 device, I would like to still have USB connection with a drive letter (to be able to run file tools such as backup tools, etc.). I'm not interested in wireless solutions for now. My question is : are there solutions available in 2016 that allow to have a drive letter when connecting an Android 4.2 device to PC via USB? – Basj May 17 '16 at 20:46
  • @Basj : my solution works for Android 4.2.1 and above perfectly fine. – Firelord May 17 '16 at 20:50
  • Ok @Firelord but this seems to be incredibly more complex than good old Mass Storage from Android 2 etc.? Does this mean the data go through some sort of networking layer (over USB by tethering)? How does it compare with Media Storage in terms of transfer rate? Have you been able to run a backup PC <-> phone's SD card with this technique? (I use a 128 GB SD card...) – Basj May 17 '16 at 20:53

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In theory, there is not a way to access your phone's memory card with a drive letter, because, as you said, Android now connects it as an MTP device, and not as a Mass Storage device. But, there are two solutions:

  1. Root phone and get a "Mass Storage" enabler application that will work on your phone.
  2. Without rooting phone: as long as both the computer are on the same network, run an FTP server on the phone, and access it on the computer.

There are applications like FTPUse and NetDrive that will map that FTP address to a drive letter. I used NetDrive on Windows XP, but couldn't get it to work on Windows 7 64-bits, so now I use FTPUse, and it's working fine.

So, it's not exactly the same, and it's a bit slower, but it works, and I am able to browse folders, erase files, etc, and even use applications like WinDirStat to analyze folder sizes etc.

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  • Unfortunately, With 4.4, apps can no longer write to external SD cards... So uploading via FTP is no longer possible – Basic Jun 23 '14 at 12:13
  • Do you have a link for how to have Mass Storage enabled with a rooted Android 4.2 phone? – Basj May 17 '16 at 20:48
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  • @GokulNC Will this be an "automount" as Media Storage when you plug the USB cable (I'd love that), similar to "automount as MTP" that is the current situation in Android 4? – Basj May 18 '16 at 7:44

My method is based on the answer suggesting WebDAV. It could be replicated by an FTP, Samba or other networked file server. Essentially you start a WebDAV server on your android device, and mount it as a network drive. Your phone's IP must be visible to the computer you want to browse the files on. Generally this means you must be on the same local network. This solution exposes your phone's filesystem to your local network, and could cause some security issues. I do not recommend it for untrusted networks.

First get an install a WebDAV server app on your android device. I used WebDAV Server because the interface is simple, it was the first app in my search and the price is right (free!). Start your WebDAV server app and get its address. This should be something like http:\\

Next, open Computer in windows explorer. In the tool bar, under the address bar, click "Map Network Drive." Enter the address in the box labeled folder. Click finish. If the mapping fails make sure you can ping the IP address of your phone.

Boom! Your device should now show up in Computer as the drive letter you selected (Z: by default).

References: d0bon - How do I Map a Drive Letter to my MTP or PTP Android Device?


I cannot test it myself as I have no ICS or JB device, but it might be worth a try to check the following apps, which claim to give you back UMS (as long as the kernel permits it):

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    This answer is backwards; the question is how to mount the phone with a drive letter... not how to mount a drive onto the phone. – Myrddin Emrys May 16 '13 at 0:35
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    Exactly that's what the answer is about: how to make UMS available again, so you can mount the phone to your computer. Read e.g. the description of USB Mass Storage Watcher and take a look at its last screenshot: Clearly the Android device mounted to the PC in UMS mode: "as an added feature now you can automatically mount your sd card. Just plug your device in and up comes the file window on your computer." – Izzy May 16 '13 at 6:52

You can try this plugin for TotalCommander: Windows Media Audio v2. Haven't actually tried it, as using FAR Manager instead, and for it there is own plugin PortaDev.

  • Exactly what I needed, there is no point of assigning drive letter if one uses The One and Only Total Commander ;) – Marecky Nov 5 '16 at 17:14

Short response: NO! There aren't MTP protocol client for Windows that map to drive letter.

But Total Commander has a plugin that works well: Windows Media Audio 2 (MP3) 1.2

I use it often with different devices and I'm satisfied.


You can try to install a WebDAV server to the android device, then mount the WebDAV server as a drive on Windows 7. Here is a free WebDAV server from Google Play (Of course, there are many other WebDAV servers in Google Play). And the steps to mount the WebDAV server as a drive on Windows 7.

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    Welcome to Android Enthusiasts! It would be preferable to include the essential parts of the instructions here, and provide the link for reference. Otherwise, your answer becomes partly useless in case the link dies. For further hints, please see: How do I write a good answer. Thanks a lot! – Izzy Jun 23 '14 at 14:50

http://www.totalcmd.net/plugring/TotalAndDroid.html - this plugin does not give you a drive letter, but beside of this - does the job. You can see all files of your Android device on TC panel and do all regular operations.


I have android device ASUS Zenfone and I can view my devide through Total Commander. Here how I did this:

  1. In Explorer, I right clicked the MTP device and then choose create shortcut.
  2. From total commander, I open the shortcut and I can explore my device !

Hope it can helps


As far as I know there is only a (commercial) PTP and MTP drive letter mapping solution for Microsoft Windows available:

Those drivers are not perfect, slow at times, and not free, but, I think, they do what you want.


You can simply use TeamViewer to connect your phone and your PC. This way you can access all the features of your phone on your PC. Then, use any FTP server to send and receive files. In this way, you do not need to switch between your phone and PC while sharing files.

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