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Old 08-12-2013, 11:15 PM   #1
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How can I connect my Samsung Note II as a USB drive in Ubuntu ?


I would like to connect it as a USB drive so that I can move files in and out of my phone. How can this be done ? Thank you .
 
Old 08-12-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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Although I may not be able to answer the question, I would say that posting the version of Ubuntu and other useful information might get some more responses. So, what version of Ubuntu are you running and what version of Android is on the Note II? I will see if I can answer it after that information is provided.
 
Old 08-12-2013, 11:48 PM   #3
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Thank you ! It's Ubuntu 12.0.4 and phone is running Android 4.1.2
 
Old 08-13-2013, 12:07 AM   #4
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I don't do that, so I did have to do some searching in order to hopefully help and even though I hate to send you to another forum, I would definitely check out the following thread on askubuntu.com as it seems to have several different options for you to try. Sorry I can't give you a more definitive answer and please let us know if any of the solutions work for you and which one did the trick..

http://askubuntu.com/questions/18959...o-ubuntu-12-04
 
Old 08-13-2013, 02:26 PM   #5
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I can't speak to Ubuntu, but on Debian I just connect my phone via USB, and it asks how it should connect. I select Mass Storage, and it shows up as two drives - one for the internal memory, and a second for the microSDHC in the slot. If you don't have Ubuntu configured to automatically mount USB devices, that might be your problem, and it should be solvable by manually mounting the device, or by changing the system default to automount USB devices.
 
Old 08-13-2013, 02:43 PM   #6
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I would like to connect it as a USB drive so that I can move files in and out of my phone. How can this be done ? Thank you .
Android was easy to mount from earlier releases because it supported USB mass storage. With 4.x they stop using mass storage and now uses MTP protocol which requires extra work.

You can use android SDK to connect your android to the pc. It's mostly for android development but all you need to use is the adb tool to push and pull files to your android device or vice-versa.

A simpler way is to use File Expert HD, free from google play store. You can transfer files using a web browser or ftp client. The drawback is it is slow on large file transfers because it is using wifi.

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Old 08-13-2013, 03:06 PM   #7
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To get around this problem in my case I created a shared directory and connected my phone wirelessly to get these files. I use File Expert or ES File manager. If you still would like to use a USB cable you can try this article

http://m.webupd8.org/2012/12/how-to-...mtpfs.html?m=1

Let us know how you did with this matter.
Good luck

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Old 08-14-2013, 03:56 PM   #8
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You can use android SDK to connect your android to the pc. It's mostly for android development but all you need to use is the adb tool to push and pull files to your android device or vice-versa.
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do you know if there is a wrapper for adb that allows one to browse files via nautilus ?
 
Old 08-14-2013, 04:03 PM   #9
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I can't speak to Ubuntu, but on Debian I just connect my phone via USB, and it asks how it should connect. I select Mass Storage, and it shows up as two drives - one for the internal memory, and a second for the microSDHC in the slot. If you don't have Ubuntu configured to automatically mount USB devices, that might be your problem, and it should be solvable by manually mounting the device, or by changing the system default to automount USB devices.
Same here as sgosnell on my Blackberry 9530 storm which is even more propitiatory (IMO) than Android SAMSUNG Phone.
On mine I had to go into the phone and tell it to show itself as a mass storage device. It now mounts in all of my
Linux installs.
 
Old 08-14-2013, 05:20 PM   #10
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It is not a Linux thing, nor Samsung. I have tried to connect my Note II in my Ubuntu, Arch, Debian, Slackware, and by now OpenSUSE is the only one that connect directly. I have Gnome 3.6 in OpenSUSE and I think that version of Gnome comes with the required files for it.

Before Android 4.x.x all devices running the android OS had the option to connect as mass storage. that is gone and the new settings are connect as mtp (Media Transfer)

Try the suggestions above and let us know what happens
 
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do you know if there is a wrapper for adb that allows one to browse files via nautilus ?
I can't say because I don't know. Sorry.

But you can use the ddms tool, it will open a GUI window. You highlight your device and then click Devices > File Explorer

A file explorer window will open and you can navigate to your internal and external storage.

On top of the explorer window you will see four icons. Pull File from device, Push file onto Device, Delete and New Folder.

Android SDK may have some issues from some android devices. For example, I can't write to the external storage with adb nor ddms tool. However It does allow me to write to the internal storage. Your results will vary.

For externel storage, I have to use File Expert HD to write to it.

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Old 08-14-2013, 10:57 PM   #12
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I wish they would bring back drag-and-drop copy/paste. So much easier to copy music/videos to/from the device.

Also some smart tv's could play videos from any usb drive but most don't support mtp.
 
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I wish they would bring back drag-and-drop copy/paste. So much easier to copy music/videos to/from the device.

Also some smart tv's could play videos from any usb drive but most don't support mtp.
Totally agree. USB mass storage was a no brianer. Drag and drop ease. I wish Google and the android developers could see how MTP is a disaster in linux.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 03:58 PM   #14
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Here is another link. I actually used this link with decent results http://www.webupd8.org/2013/01/upgra...upport-in.html

Good luck to you
 
Old 08-21-2013, 07:21 PM   #15
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Here is another link. I actually used this link with decent results http://www.webupd8.org/2013/01/upgra...upport-in.html

Good luck to you
It works for sometime, say 15 mins, and then unmount automatically. It unmounts even the wifi usb stick.

What's wrong ?

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