How to Access Files on an Android Phone Via USB

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Android is an operating system for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Once you connect an Android device to a computer, you can mount the device's internal USB storage as a removable disk. Mounting the device's USB storage allows you to access the files stored on the device from your computer, the same way you would access a USB flash drive.

Things You'll Need

  • USB data cable
  • Connect your Android device to your computer with a USB data cable. Your Android device will notify you that it is connected via USB.

  • Drag the notifications panel down to the bottom of your Android device's screen, and then tap "USB connected."

  • Tap the "Turn on USB storage" button to mount your device's USB storage.

  • Click your computer's "Start" button, and then click "Computer." Double-click your Android device in the "Devices with Removable Storage" section to see the files stored on your device.

Tips & Warnings

  • To unmount your device's USB storage, open the notifications panel, tap the "Turn off USB storage" notification and tap the "Turn off USB storage" button at the bottom of the screen.
  • While your device's USB storage is mounted, applications on the device cannot access the USB storage. Some applications may not function properly until the USB storage is no longer mounted.

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