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I have been playing around and making my own app and I have run into some difficulty.

I have the Galaxy Note 2 right now running Android 4.3 (Main phone connected to Verizon)

I also have a Galaxy Nexus that is running Android 4.2.2 (Old phone I have as backup)

When I plug the Note 2 into the computer is stays connected as an installer for about 30 seconds before it changes into Media Transfer mode and my SDK manager won't recognize it anymore. Whereas my Nexus stays in installer mode and as long as it's plugged into my computer my SDK manager can recognize that it's there.

Both phones have Developer Mode turned on and USB Debugging turned on.

Is there some setting I can change to make my Note 2 perpetually stay in Installer Mode when plugged into my computer? It is a real pain to plug and unplug when I want to test my app.

(Note: Neither phone is rooted and I have no plans to root them anytime soon.)

  • When I have my development device plugged in, it is always in Media Transfer mode, it still lets me debug apps on it. Have you looked to see if you can transfer files between your PC and Nexus whilst its visible as a debug device? – Jonny Wright May 31 '14 at 13:08
  • Yes my Nexus is able to stay in debug mode and still transfer files. My Note 2 however will not stay in debug mode for longer than 30 seconds. After the 30 seconds it goes into Media Transfer mode and to get it back to debug I have to unplug it and plug it back in. – Mowza2k2 May 31 '14 at 13:10
  • Are you sure the Note 2 isn't in media mode all the time though? I'm trying to find out if its changing from another mode into Media Transfer mode, or if it is in Media Transfer mode all the time but leaving debug mode after 30 seconds. – Jonny Wright May 31 '14 at 13:23
  • I just tested it and I am not able to transfer files (it doesn't even show up under My Computer) until it leaves debug mode. So it isn't in Media Transfer mode until those 30 seconds where it's in debug are up. – Mowza2k2 May 31 '14 at 13:32
  • Not really solving your issue, but hopefully making it smaller: if the device is rooted, take a look at ADB Control. That's a widget allowing your to toggle ADB debugging without having to disconnect the device first (I have not tried it, but that's what the description says). – Izzy May 31 '14 at 19:21

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