Questions tagged [mtp]

The Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) is a protocol which purpose is to facilitate the transfer of media files and associated metadata to/from devices.

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Not all files are visible over MTP

I have LG L5 (e610 model) device with Cyanogenmod 10. When I connect the phone to a computer with Linux (I have mtpfs installed), I can see both internal storage and the SD card. However when I ...
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Nexus 7 won't show up as a drive on Windows in MTP mode after update to Android 4.2

It used to work just fine then I upated to 4.2 and enabled developer options (one or the other must have broken it) and since then it has stopped working, it shows up as a camera device but if I ...
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Is there a viable alternative to MTP for file transfer?

Since the latest versions (ICS+?) no longer have mass storage, is there any viable alternative to MTP? The protocol seems inherently broken and the decision to regress to this format seems like a ...
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Drive letter for MTP connection under Windows

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 ...
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How can I transfer photos to my Android Jelly Bean device while preserving the original timestamp?

I recently bought a Nexus 4 and I would like to transfer my photos of my previous device to it. My previous Android phone used the standard USB mass storage which gave 0 problems to copy back and ...
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Marshmallow USB connection type

I just flashed the Android 6 Image to my Nexus 7 (2013) LTE a few minutes ago. It was a clean flash, so I copied my files over to my PC. When I plugged it in after it booted, Windows detects it, ...
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Android 5.0 Lollipop device not detected via USB

When the device is set to use MTP, neither Windows, nor ADB will detect the device when connect via USB cable. I have tried multiple cables, in multiple USB ports. I have not tried other computers yet,...
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where is the option to enable MTP?

So, I had the notification record to enable mtp/foto mounting option. It's now disappeared and I'm not able to find it in the settings page. Can you tell me where is the option to enable MTP? (I ...
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how to sync phone memory with pc?

Before Jelly Bean forced us to use MTP mode (mass transfer protocol) instead of Mass Storage Device, It was dead simple to backup my phone to my pc, because I only needed to plug it in, and sync the ...
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Can't explore files on my Sony Xperia U using my Ubuntu 12.10 laptop

I previously used Ubuntu 12.04. When I connected my phone (Sony Xperia U) in MTP mode, I would be able to see it in Nautilus as a "SEMC HSUSB device" and browse files, copy files, and so on. Now, I ...
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Ultra slow speed while transfer files between PC and Samsung S5

I just got my new Samsung Galaxy S5, original ROM with version 4.4.2. It uses a new Toshiba 64GB speed U3 micro SD card. When I transfer my WhatsApp folder from PC to GS5, it took me more than 24 ...
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Connect my lollipop device via USB in mass storage mode

I have Samsung S5 dual sim variant which runs on android v5.0 stock based custom rom, and having some trouble with MTP mode such as very slow copying speed and can't play media directy (I have to copy ...
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Default USB MTP for Android 6.0

I would like to have MTP selected by default (instead of charging) when I plug an Android 6.0.x device to a PC through a USB cable. What should I add or modify in the build.prop file of my rooted ...
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What are my options for connecting my Android to Ubuntu?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 running rooted Jelly Bean 4.1.2. My computer is running Ubuntu 12.10. Before, in Android 4.0, I simply plugged the USB in, and a notification would pop up, and I was ...
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How can I get back access to the media interface drivers?

After much waiting and tribulation, I've finally successfully unlocked tethering and installed Paranoid Android on my Nexus 7 3G device. In the progress, I had to tell Windows to ignore its default ...
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Change MTP/PTP for a Galaxy S4 w/ a Broken Screen

I'm trying to do a complete backup of all data on my Samsung Galaxy S4 before I send it in for repairs. Even though the screen is completely black and does not work (very little touch abilities), I ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of MTP versus PTP?

My Android 5.1 phone lets me connect to my computer via MTP or PTP. Are there any advantages of using one over the other for copying files between the phone and computer and visa versa?
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Suddenly no data can be written to SD Card from PC (MTP), read Ok, Galaxy Ace 4. What to do?

It is not a filesystem error as I tried to install a different SD Card to see if it is possible to copy files to it, same behavior, can read, not write. There are plenty of free space in SD card. 32 ...
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How do I make my Linux PC mount my Android 4.2.2 phone using MTP?

I have just purchased a new TCL (S950) Idol x phone and I'm figuring out some issue to make it visible on my system. This phone uses Android 4.2.2 and I guess this is the cause of the issue: my ...
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MTP not working under Android 6

I am running out of Ideas how to get MTP working again... I am simply not getting the dialog again on my android, asking me wether I want just charging, or MTP or Picture mode... Until most recently, ...
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File transfer over USB cable option no longer appears after upgrade to MIUI 10

I have a Xiaomi Redmi 4A and I used to often transfer files between it and my Windows 10 laptop PC over USB cable. When I plugged in the cable the phone it used to prompt me to choose between USB ...
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Problem copying files with unusual characters in their names to the Galaxy S4 SD card but not to the phone

I run Gentoo Linux on my laptop. MTP connection to my phone works well, and I can see both the phone memory and my SD card. I can copy files to and from both to my laptop with no difficulty. The ...
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MTP not working but ADB works fine

I use Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Android Phone, its MTP mode is not working just after I plugged it in to another PC some time for just USB charging. I re-installed the driver on my PC and removed the ...
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Unable to connect my Nexus 7 to a PC

I searched a lot over the Internet and tried all the advice I found. I have installed drivers from the ASUS site and changed C:\Windows\inf\wpdmtp.inf so it now contains ; Nexus 7 %GenericMTP....
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HTC One detected as CD Drive

I am experiencing a similar problem as described there: Whenever I connect my HTC One to my Windows 8.1, it is recognized as a CD Drive. So I tried the solution proposed by Macha's answer, but I ...
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MTP - it just won't work

Dear android enthusiasts! I'm not sure this is the right place to ask but I'm being really desperate and out of ideas what to try. I have a Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-6925F) running Android 7.0 (Kernel 3.10....
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MTP selected but PC doesn't show contents of external SD card

I have a Motorola G2. I'm unable to to access contents of external SD from PC. I chose MTP option for USB configuration. I can access the internal storage but not the external storage. The latter is ...
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Windows claims that my device has malfunctioned?

The issue (summarized) My phone will not be recognized by ANY computer, regardless of OS, with or without drivers. Kies is not installed, nor Android Transfer (in the case of my iMac), and I am at my ...
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Mount /sdcard with Linux

I have two Android 4.x devices, one 4.0.2 and another 4.4.2. On both, I have installed SSHelper to push data to and from the device using rsync. It worked, but the new environment does not even have a ...
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Android unrecognized by Debian Jessie

I recently migrated from Linux Mint 18 to Debian 8.7.1 (Jessie), with Xfce as desktop manager and Thunar as file explorer. To my dismay, while Mint recognized my Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (CM13 stable) ...
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Folder seen as file when connected as MTP

I have Redmi 1S phone running Andriod 4.3 (MIUI v56). When connected to a PC (Windows 7 32Bit) in MTP mode, one of the folders named Backup (present in internal memory) is seen as a file and ...
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Files and folders are visible on computer, but NOT visible on Android's file explorer

I have Nexus 6 running on Lollipop. I am seeing folders in Android File transfer on the computer which are apparently not real, or at least not visible on the phone in file explorer. Here, you see ...
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My Samsung S4 won't connect to my computer

I have downloaded Samsung Kies 3, and the computer wont even find the device. I have tried different USB ports and nothing seems to work. I have tried changing it to a media device manually but I cant ...
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some files on SD card show up as 0 byte on Win10

I have a Samsung S7 (Android 7.0), with an encrypted SD card. I copied 3 mkv files via FTP on it. I can play all 3 on the phone without any problem. When I plugged the phone in my Win10 laptop, only ...
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(SOLVED) How to recover data from Android … /sdCard/ … /Downloads on Xiaomi Mi5 MIUI8 (Android 6 Marshmallow)

UPDATE: 2018/06/27, bootloader implies wipe and it is a dead end for Data Recovery, mount as USB Mass Storage implies root to change settings, and for Mi5 or MIUI 8 this implies flashing ROM (dead end ...
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Sync computer folder -> phone's external SD card, with USB cable

Background: Until a few days ago, I was happy with my Android 2.3 phone, and its Media Storage via USB cable : syncing my computer's D:/MusicLibrary/ folder with my phone's 128GB external SD Card was ...
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Unable to write to internal storage through MTP

When I connected my XT1033 (Moto G) to my computer in MTP mode, I was unable to access the contents of the internal storage in write mode. I was unable to create any folders, delete files, rename etc. ...
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Can not write to internal storage on Nexus 4

I connect the Nexus 4 to the computer (Win7), and go Computer\Nexus 4\Internal storage. I can copy from it, I can create folders, but I can not copy data to it. I had the previous one replaced ...
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How can I troubleshoot MTP on my Galaxy Nexus

My Galaxy Nexus 4.2.2 won't show up as a MTP device anymore. It looks like the phone is the problem, I want to debug the problem from that end. Like many before me, I tried everything, and then some :...
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I mounted Android on Ubuntu. Can I create subdirectories using mtpfs?

I use Android 4.0 and followed a tutorial to mount my tablet on Ubuntu using mtpfs when the device is connected via cable. It works almost perfectly. I can copy files and even whole directories to ...
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Nexus 7's MTP does not connect in mass storage mode anymore

I've had a Nexus 7 for a year now and since the day I've got it, I could easily connect it to my PC and transfer file to/from it in MTP mode. But some weeks ago I tried installing Ubuntu on it and ...
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Files show up on Nexus 5 but not in Windows 7

I have a Nexus 5 running Android 6.0.1 and all of my files appear on the media direcotries within the phone, but when I plug it in as an MTP device in Windows 7, only some of the files show up. When I ...
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How can I access /sdcard/ when I connect to PC (MTP)

I'm running a Nexus 5 (Android 6.0.1) Today I have created a WhatsApp backup file and wanted to copy it to a new device. I can confirm the file existence in ES File Explorer. (Click image to ...
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Cannot get MTP to work unless USB debugging is enabled

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300) running Android 4.4.4 (CyanogenMod 11-20141008-SNAPSHOT-M11-i9300). If I have USB debugging disabled and I plug it into Windows 7 then: I get a connection sound in ...
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How to change the name shown in my PC when I connect my phone in MTP mode?

When I connect my phone ( actually a 7' inch tablet ) to my PC and set the mode to be MTP, in my PC it shows GEM703L from where I can access Internal Storage and SD card, but the problem is that my ...
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Can MTP be configured to show the root?

I have a rooted device running Android 6. When I connect it via USB, I can browse files via MTP, but it is limited the the /sdcard folder, for instance I can see Downloads and DCIM but I can't access ...
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UMS protocol on Android Tabs

I'd like to have a android tablet on ics which allow UMS (usb mass storage) I saw that some of the current models didn't propose UMS (like galaxy tab 2 or google nexus), only MTP. It sounds like a ...
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How can large amounts of files be transferred to Linux via MTP?

I'm trying to copy all of my pictures from my Samsung Galaxy S9+ to my laptop (running Linux Mint). I can transfer a few files at a time no problem, but I have amassed 1000's of files in my pictures ...
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How to transfer files from Linux to android using the command line. (Linux/Fedora26)?

When I plug in my Galaxy S4 into my computer running Fedora 26, I am able to easily write files to the SD card by dragging and dropping them onto my phone's SD card in nautilus, the file browser. ...
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Move all photos from phone to PC: easy method

The more I'm using an Android phone since years, the more I see a general problem arriving, for which I haven't found any easy solution after many attempts, involving MTP, SSH, FTP, adb, AirDroid, ...