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Mount Android device directly in Mac OS X Finder

Transferring files between macOS and Android or any other MTP devices has always been a nightmare. I have tried a lot of apps and was disappointed with the poor support for Android phones on macOS. ...
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Recursive adb pull

The trick is to add /. to the name of the folder you want to copy: adb pull /sdcard/. backup This copies the whole directory recursively.
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Is there a viable alternative to MTP for file transfer?

The following methods are tested on Windows 7; Ubuntu based Distribution and Slackware with desktop environment KDE 4.1x. Nothing can be said about Mac. The answer is intended to serve as a ...
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How to transfer files between BlueStacks and Windows PC?

For BlueStacks App Player for Windows v 0.9.0.4049 and higher There is a shared folder between BlueStacks and Windows: BlueStacks: /sdcard/windows/BstSharedFolder (you may need to install a file ...
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Not all files are visible over MTP

Similar to ScoobyDo's answer Disconnect the USB cable from phone. Click 'Clear data' on the Media Storage application. Then 'Force stop'. Reconnect the USB cable to phone. The Media Storage ...
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Stop Android File Transfer Popping Up

In my case the Android File Transfer App made my whole Macbook touch input freeze, so I had to find a away around this problem. The solution from this page worked: https://cooltrainer.org/taming-...
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How to share files between regular account and work account?

It might not always be possible to transfer data between multiple users/profiles. It depends on the Device/Work Policy Controller app, installed by you or your IT admin. Android device can be managed ...
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Is there a viable alternative to MTP for file transfer?

Sure there is. Just comfort differs, depending on what OS you're on. I mostly use adb for this. On Linux, you can even mount the device this way. There are also several adb GUIs if you prefer such as ...
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Ultra slow speed while transfer files between PC and Samsung S5

Wikipedia is our friend, again. :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Transfer_Protocol#Drawbacks Quote: MTP allows no parallelism, unlike USB mass storage or NAS. MTP has been built to only allow ...
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Write permission on certain paths, like the SD card (extSdCard)

One of the restrictions introduced with 4.4-kitkat was moving the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission to protection-level "SignatureOrSystem", which means even if requested, a "normal app" (i.e. one you ...
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Mount Android device directly in Mac OS X Finder

That is how Android File Transfer works for Mac, since Apple doesn't support MTP mode by default. The only way for this is to mount your device in USB Mass Storage Mode (because by default, Mac ...
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adb push: sync but not copy

You would use adb push --sync, for example: adb push --sync /home/abc/ /sdcard/abc from adb --help: file transfer: push [--sync] LOCAL... REMOTE copy local files/directories to device --...
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How to transfer files between BlueStacks and Windows PC?

BlueStacks Media Manager Bluestacks now has a Media Manager that you can use to easily import/export files.
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How can I transfer photos to my Android Jelly Bean device while preserving the original timestamp?

I recently came across this issue on a Nexus 5 and tried most the solutions listed here with no luck. In my case, it looks to be caused by a recognized bug with stock Android (source). My solution ...
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Folder that automatically uploads to phone

FolderSync could come in handy here. Define a "folder pair" (i.e. which directory on your Android device to sync with which directory on your computer), using any of the available protocols (SFTP, ...
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Rooted, but Failed to push selection: Read-only file system

You have to remount your /system partition be mounted as a read/write partition What you need to do is $ su # mount -o remount,rw /system
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What happens when you connect an Android phone to another Android phone?

Yes, it is possible to transfer using an OTG cable. But you require at least one of the phones to support OTG, and it is better explained here. The phones mentioned in the post are Xperia and Micromax....
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Is there a way to access the phone filesystem from computer, wireless?

According to the mentioned requirements, more powerful tool to use is Sambadroid. SambaDroid is a native port for Android of the popular Samba for Linux. This application allows you to share/manage ...
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Is there a way to access the phone filesystem from computer, wireless?

This solution works even over a hotspot. Simply enable Portable Hotspot on your mobile device, then connect your laptop to the Hotspot WiFi network. Tip: If you want to prevent the laptop from using ...
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How to transfer files over WiFi without a hotspot?

You can try the following instead of using FTP: Install ES File Explorer on your phone Start a hotspot on your phone Connect the PC to the phones hotspot Get the IP address of your PC Open ES File ...
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How do I get the real file path of an image?

The second one is the technically correct path. The first one, /phone/..., is just the Gallery app simplifying the display and telling you that the folder is in phone storage (instead of external ...
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How to get USB file transfer working on Oreo 8.1?

Go into Developer options, scroll down to "Select USB Configuration" and select MTP ( Media Transfer Protocol ) even if it's already selected. This solved the problem for me.
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Folder that automatically uploads to phone

One way you can achieve this is using an app - rSync and use a Tasker job to periodically (or conditionally) upload/download data from your phone. You can refer to rSync's documentation for its ...
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How can I transfer photos to my Android Jelly Bean device while preserving the original timestamp?

As mentioned in another answer, on devices that use FUSE for SD card emulation (such as modern Nexus devices), only root can change timestamps of files in /sdcard. Since things like MTP and ADB don't ...
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adb push: sync but not copy

While this answer is not exactly an explanation on the usage of adb sync, it may help when your primary goal is to sync files using adb. You may be interested in adb-sync which is a Python script ...
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Is there a viable alternative to MTP for file transfer?

Yes, you can try search for 'mtp alternative' in Google Play or visit its page below: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clearevo.mtp_alternative It requires USB Tethering to be ...
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Is there a viable alternative to MTP for file transfer?

6 years after asking this question, finding alternatives to MTP for any reason — it is broken in my case — can still be a hassle. I stumbled upon this question and the first, very rich answer of @...
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Whatsapp chat history Transfer to android phone

You can't restore chat history from one platform to a different platform. Eg:- Window to Android or vice-versa as in your case. Read the below Whatsapp faq, http://www.whatsapp.com/faq/en/wp/...
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Suddenly no data can be written to SD Card from PC (MTP), read Ok, Galaxy Ace 4. What to do?

This might be a simple problem of a write protection or permissions issue. Take a backup of your SD card and format the SD card. This may reset the permissions and you will be able to write into the ...
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Unable to get bluestack downloaded data

My path to shared data is C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks\Engine\UserData\SharedFolder
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