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Old 04-23-2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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Usb access to my phones storage from Linux.

Hello, i recently invested in a new Motorola Razr HD Mobile phone. It runs Android 4.1.2
Previously running Android on a different phone (htc hd2) i could access storage through the usb easily with an option when plugged in.
With my new phone i only get two options, 'Media device (MTP)' and 'camera (PTP)'.
When i access MTP, i can't do anything. There are some exe files which i'm pretty sure are for software communication between Windows; i've even tried installing these under wine but they fail.

How can i access the internal storage through usb?
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MTP has been notorious for not working on GNU/Linux and only sporadically working (at least in my experience) on Windows.
I have not yet been able to access the internal storage of my Galaxy S2 (running 4.0.3) with any GNU/Linux OS, no matter how much I mess with it.
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If you just want to access the internal storage, there is an easy alternative solution.

You only have to ensure that your phone is connected to the same wifi network as your computer, [or that the phone can 'see' the computer via port-forwarding if you have multiple routers].

There are a few apps you can use. The ones I've tried in order of my preference are: 3cxDroid, AirDroid and Samsung Kies Air [although I don't know if this will work on non-Samsung devices].

Once you have one of these installed and running your phone becomes a mini-web server [of sorts] which gives you the ability to transfer files to/from any computer on the same network. You access it through a web browser, so the client OS is irrelevant.

My preference for 3cx is mostly because it is small in size [~800kb] and installs to the sdcard by default. It also has an FTP server, which is my preferred method of transferring stuff. This method will let you access most areas of the phone.

The Samsung one is the most comprehensive, giving you access to call lists, messages, calendar events, etc. But it is also the largest at 12mb.

Airdroid is nice too, but it seems to offer nothing in addition to the two mentioned above.

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Old 05-12-2013, 02:11 AM   #4
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The simplest way is Airdroid which uses your web browser to transfer files to both internal and external storage. Also there is File Expert HD, a very good file manager with tools and many features. It does what Airdroid does and File Expert HD has a built-in FTP server to transfer files. Both are FREE.

For more intermediate linux userrs there is Android SDK. It uses adb to push and pull files from the internal storage and finally there is mptfs. These are linux apps.

Android drop mass storage support after 3.x or something. Funny, how google/android which uses a custom linux kernel can't make things easier for linux users with this MTP protocal.

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