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How-to: Connect Android Samsung Galaxy S2 USB Storage

Samsung S2 connect USB AndroidI was having problems connecting my Samsung Galaxy S2 over USB on Ubuntu, which is particularly annoying bearing in mind the total lack of native support by Samsung for Linux. Strange enough, it works flawlessly on Windows 7, where it recognises all the phone’s storage it instantly and I can transfer files between my phone and computer.

When I plug it into a Linux machine, the phone storage is recognised and I can see the folder structures of the phone and the SD card but I cannot even see, much less access the contents of any file or folder as all the folders appear empty. They are not.

Connecting the phone via USB gives no “mount USB” option, the MTP (Media Transport Protocol) application automatically kicks in and mounts the media, sans contents!

You’ll be happy to know the previous set of USB utilities is still there to use. This is a work around rather than a permanent fix. RC

  • On your android phone, go to Application->Settings
  • In there, go to Wireless and Network and select USB Utilities
  • Click on Connect Storage to PC, before you connect a USB cable
  • A message should pop up: Connect USB cable to use mass storage
  • Now connect the USB cable to computer
  • The green android robot should be displayed with an option button for “Connect USB storage;” click on that.
  • The green robot turns orange and now you can access the files on the internal storage and SD card of your phone.

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


5 thoughts on “How-to: Connect Android Samsung Galaxy S2 USB Storage

  1. Nice blog. I’ll just wanna thank you for that.

    Posted by Ockerman | Jun 14, 2012, 5:22 pm
  2. That’s better, keeping it simple.

    Posted by Sermania | Jun 14, 2012, 6:37 pm
  3. What the hell is MTL anyway? Never heard of it til it hit my Samsung phone. Thks.

    Posted by Ory | Jun 14, 2012, 8:05 pm
  4. your technical works are very helpful to me.

    Posted by Claude Sossur | Jun 21, 2012, 8:03 pm
  5. Every single person that owns such a smart phone will need an iphone USB cable. Contrary to popular belief, this is necessary besides the regular dock station that you use. Most stations are only usable for charging the batter of the iphone and you will want to have a device that allows you to connect the phone to a USB plug. A universal dock that also includes a cable connect option is great but there are not many on the market. Most people will end up using USB cables. The problem is that there are too many options to not feel a little overwhelmed.

    Posted by S Dosithean | Feb 18, 2013, 5:38 am

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