Android has removed support for UMS (USB Mass Storage) in favor of MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) for connecting to a computer.

MTP works similar in terms of copying and pasting files and folders to and from the Nexus device, but for example if there's a movie file, double clicking it on Windows requires it to be copied locally first instead of just starting my media player like a normal UMS storage would.

Any way to stream movies like this using MTP?

  • For more details on this issue, look here. Perhaps you can mount it as a network drive?
    – not2qubit
    Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 20:32
  • You can run an FTP/Web server on Android, and can stream movies on PC. See my answer or other answers there. This way your system won't download the whole file temporarily, which is a mess. I use the solution a lot.
    – Firelord
    Commented May 28, 2015 at 21:07

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VLC linux has a plugin for MTP streaming(libmtp_plugin). Sadly Windows version is lacking one - https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=121275.

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