I'm looking how to recognize my Nexus 4 as a drive.

Actually it's like a camera.

Any idea?

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    We are looking how to help you. Actually, we lack information: Where should it be detected? If on a computer, what OS? What have you tried already? Have you checked other questions tagged "disk-drive? Also, results of this search might prove helpful: android.stackexchange.com/search?q=[storage]+access
    – Izzy
    Nov 5, 2013 at 17:07
  • It seems his N4 is in PTP mode, and perhaps he wants to mount it as a Mass Storage Device. I wrote my answer based on those assumptions, but I could be completely missing his real issue. More information in the question would be fantastic.
    – dotVezz
    Nov 5, 2013 at 17:10
  • Similar: android.stackexchange.com/questions/27926/…
    – iOS
    Nov 5, 2013 at 18:45
  • The question is very valid though not unique. He obviously wants USB mass storage back. Doesn't work out of the box. You need root and an app like drivedroid and maybe a modified kernel, e.g. franko kernel for the N4. App is here: play.google.com/store/apps/…
    – ce4
    Nov 6, 2013 at 11:19

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This is how many modern Android phones (Including all Nexus phones) work. The Nexus 4 can switch between MTP and PTP modes. To overgeneralize a bit, it can use MTP to emulate a Media Device and PTP to emulate a camera.

The Nexus 4 has no way to mount as a Mass Storage Device (and thus, no practical way to mount it and get a drive letter for it)

  • I need to recover a deleted picture, how can I do it ?
    – NexusFTW
    Nov 5, 2013 at 17:26
  • I'm on windows seven / android 4.3
    – NexusFTW
    Nov 5, 2013 at 17:27
  • @NexusFTW, if you have another question, please make a new question. If this answer was acceptable, please upvote and mark it as accepted.
    – dotVezz
    Nov 5, 2013 at 17:30
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    He currently doesn't have enough reputation to upvote.
    – ale
    Nov 5, 2013 at 18:35
  • Ah, I completely forgot about that requirement. My mistake.
    – dotVezz
    Nov 5, 2013 at 19:04

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