On some phones, when an external USB drive is connected to the phone, there is sort of an autoplay function where it automatically brings up the "My Files" screen. Is there a way to suppress this?

This occurs on my Note 2 with Android version 4.1.2, but not on my Note 1 with version 4.0.4. Just to be clear, I want the drive to automatically mount in the background as usual, but just not bring up the "My Files" screen. I have an app that expects a USB drive to be plugged in and searches for specific file types and this behavior is annoying because it takes the screen away from my app.

  • That's a Windows thing. What Windows version are you on? – geffchang Oct 17 '13 at 2:06
  • No, Windows is not involved at all. I am plugging a USB drive into the Android phone using an OTG cable, so the phone acts as the USB host. – andreiscv Oct 17 '13 at 18:08

I was hoping to be able to programmatically suppress the default "My Files" system app from starting when a USB storage device is plugged in, but it looks like it is not possible.

However, I did find a workaround. First I installed a new file manager/explorer from the market (I used ES File Explorer). Then I went to Android Settings -> Applications and then selected the My Files app from the list and disabled it. Now it no longer interferes with my own application that I am developing for my USB storage device. Not the ideal solution, but it works for now.

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