How to Enable USB Storage on Android Devices

USB Connected LogoFor all those who has recently purchased an Android smart phone and would like to know on how you can enable the USB storage right on your Android device then we will help you to do the same which we will see in the due course of this article. Please note that we will be seeing on how you can do the same in the Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 and will  be similar for all other Android devices too. We at androidadvices ensure that every single thing is being covered and if you feel that anything is left out then you can always make sue of Comments section to express your thoughts on the same as we will ensure that we will try to covert eh same on this site.

Please note that this process is one of the simple process and doesn’t require you to either download any special application or even need to tweak your Phone to do the same. All you need to do is to just follow the simple and easy to understand instructions along with the screen shots which will guide you on how you can Enable USB Storage on your Android Device.

Procedure to Enable USB Storage on Android Devices:

  • First up from your Home screen of your phone you will have to click on the “Applications” and once you get into the same you need to find an option called “Settings”, select the same as shown in the below screen shot.

Settings

  • Once you get into the Settings, you will now have to tap on the option of “Wireless and Network” as shown in the below screen shot for your convenience.

Wireless and Network Settings

  • Next up in the Wireless and Networks, you will find many options like Wi Fi Direct Settings, KIES via Wi Fi, Bluetooth Settings, Tethering, VPN Settings etc. All you need to choose is the “USB Utilities” option.

USB Utilities

  • Now, up next click on the tab which is “Connect Storage to PC” after which it will prompt you to attach the USB chord connecting to the computer and phone which you can see in the below screen shot,

Connect USB Storage

  • After this you will see a green robot showing the USB symbol along with an option of “Connect USB Storage”. Tap or select the same and then that’s it as this will connect the phone with the computer in the USB Mode turned ON.

So that’s it in this way you have now successfully enabled the USB Storage on your Android Device. Just in case if you were unable to enable the same do let us know as we will guide you to enable the same which is the unlikely case with most of the users. Last but not the least the biggest advantage is that you can use this just like a USB drive so as to accommodate all your data within the phone upon connecting with the USB cable and also most importantly this also allows you to explore the same as a physical drive which allows you to drag and drop the contents to / from the device.

With the latest Android OS coming out, i.e. the Android Jelly Bean and Android 4.4 KitKat, you would be seeing even better options, and usually the smartphone comes with options for sending a software to the computer to install the drivers of the Android phone, before you could access the USB storage of the Android phone.

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126 comments

  1. i have just bought Sony Xperia Tablet S and i don’t know hot to install apps on it
    - i don’t have wifi
    - i don’t have sd card
    - the device is unrooted and don’t know how to do so
    - i cannot switch to mass storage mode
    - of course i haven’t instralled any app so i don’t have astro or any other file manager

    any idea what to do now

  2. i have a problem with my symphony xplorer w60. last night i used to transfer some files to my phone from pc . today when i connect the usb port to my pc my phone doesnt work i mean i touch the button “turn on usb” than nothing change ? but last night it works fine. please help what should i do ?

  3. A great great Thanks to you…

  4. I think you ALL are looking in the wrong place. After reading this whole thread, there is incomplete information that isn’t being disclosed. Just to set the benchmark, I have:
    Samsung Galaxy S-II (Model sph-d710bst, base GT-i9100G version, Android ICS 4.0.4)
    Provider: Boost Mobile
    Network: Sprint CDMA/WiMax
    Hardware Version: D710.10
    Build#:IMM76I.FL24
    Kernel Ver.: 3.0.15.981989
    PRL:61009 (if this applies to Unlimited Monthly Customers)
    Purchased: 2.12.13, in White Plains, NY
    Activated by: SprintNextel PCS
    Root Status: None/Stock ROM
    These details are crucial to understanding whether or not a CARRIER has imposed limitations on a service or phone ability, such as USB mass storage. I heard from multiple sites, such as androidforums, sprintusers, and even xda developers that this process ( I mean activating USB mass storage on a Epic 4G touch model with -d710 as its model suffix) is next to IMPOSSIBLE. All this chatter is making my head spin. Mr. Neela, as I have been to a number of sites saying this, you should focus on a workaround for all of us who have this issue. That means software that can help us and not leave us running (or typing)around in circles. My version of the S2, based on the information provided, does NOT have UMS capability. It was suggested by a random topic I found online to ‘root’ my device to install an app that will allow the UMS to function. Issue #1-For one program, no.
    #2-Rooting a device disables support for all stock services (Google Play, Updates, and a lot of apps derived from that source) Sure there are other markets that cater to ‘superusers’, but believe me, it’s not worth it.
    #3-I give this advice based on what I am told by live people who have done and regretted doing this. It’s not for everyone.
    I know this is a mouthful, but this thread is giving me eyestrain.
    Any reply I will look at eagerly.

  5. i successfully connected to my pc, but when i open the sd card it doesnt show any folder.
    some folders are shown but with extension .exe. i want to copy my pics from mobile to pc but it doesnt show that folder plz help

  6. My problem is after I hit the “Connect USB storage” it just DOES NOT connect. The cycle keeps on spinning like it’s processing but it just never connects. Any idea?

  7. I have an LG Android Optimus
    There isn’t a usb utilities in the Wireless and Networks section. If you could help me further that would be great. Until then I’ll just fiddle with the phone to see if I can find it on my own.

  8. I was having a similar problem. It ended up being the cable, much like Josephine commented. Used a different cable and it auto connected right up for me.

  9. I was having a similar problem. It ended up being the cable, much like Josephine commented. Used a different cable and it auto connected right up for me.

  10. i dont have usb uitlities in my galaxy y

  11. Sir my Samsung Galaxy Y duos connected to PC through suite and dragged and dropped photos to phone BUT I CANNOT SEE THE DROPPED FILE any where in the phone. Kindly help
    Shajkumar

  12. Remove your USB Cable and perform below steps:

    Go to “Settings” –> “Applications” –> “Wireless and Network” –> “USB Utilities” –> Click on “Connect Storage to PC”

    That’s it. Now connect USB cable and you will be connected in USB Mass Storage mode,

  13. All the comments here appear to relate to connection to a computer and I have no problem with this either by cable or wire3less. The problem I have is connecting my samsung galaxy s2 to a USB flash drive. I have the correct data cable and as soon as it is plugged in it should show up in the top panel. It does on my mates same phone but not on mine. Have tried all the obvious things as suggested but no luck. Any help would be appreciated. My phone dtails are: Model GT-19100T
    Android Version 2.3.6
    Baseband Version 19100TDVKJ1
    Kernel version 2.6.35.7-I9100TDVLB1-CL957836
    dpi@DELL166#2
    Build Number Gingerbread.DVLB1

  14. on my galaxy ace there isn’t an option for USB utilities. What should I do?

  15. My Samsung Galaxy S does not have the USB utilities in the Wireless and Network section. Why?

  16. after i plug in my usb cable nothing pop out, just common charging

  17. Does anyone else notice that whenever someone comments asking what to do because in older versions of android there is NO USB UTILITIES option and asks NEAL what to do he makes some sort of no sense remark or AVOIDS the question. If you don’t know what the hell your talking about don’t make these kind of posts, you know, TECHNICAL stuff. THANK YOU!

  18. for those of you still srtuggling with this…just plug in your USB(gotta be connected to the computer first) to your phone, it will make the default sound for a detected connection…pull down the white menu bar on top…and push on manage usb connection…done

  19. MY SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE PLUS DOESN’T HAVE USB ULITITY!WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  20. there is no reply after clicking on CONNECT TO PC . iam unable to connect usb to sony tv with data cod of monte with samsung 6102

  21. Ok, update.

    My cable was the problem — my home cable works fine at my work computer. It automatically connects and pulls up the green robot, and the Verizon stuff auto-installs (after confirmation popup) just like it should.

    So…either this cable is busted or was designed only to be a USB power cable. I don’t recall it being described as such when I bought it, so be careful when you order such.

  22. Ya know what, I am using a different USB cable, one that came with a wall plug for charging. I wonder if it is a stripped USB cable that only passes through the power.

    I will test that theory. Maybe there are such cables, or maybe this is a broken one, or maybe it’s a broken one where the USB power works so they sold it to the wall socket company. However, that was through Amazon and were two separate products, so it should function as a normal USB cable. Still, it might be broken.

    Or maybe I did the equivalent on the phone of “Nah, don’t connect, and never ask me again” and don’t remember it.

  23. Droid Charge, 2.3.4, it used to mount 2 drives to my PC when I plugged it in via USB. This let me get at pictures and video I took from my PC.

    Now I plug it in, it starts charging, but does not mount them anymore. The SD cards are still usable on the phone (so this is double confirmation they aren’t being diverted as USB drives over the USB.)

    The PC used to fire up some Verizon software that somehow auto-installed earlier (this worked for months.) Now nothing happens.

    I open the Device Manager under Windows XP, and it doesn’t flash or change when I plug the phone in or unplug it, so it’s like the OS isn’t recognizing anything.

    So is there a setting on the Phone somewhere? I have “unmounted” the SD card (but I think that is just for removal from the phone itself) and remounted it, both before and after plugging the phone USB to the PC. Nothing.

    I have tried setting the SD card mode from Music to Files to Ask and back, nothing.

    The green robot doesn’t pop up either to ask. I wonder if I disabled “ask” somehow, if so, how to re-enable? It isn’t that choice of “music” “files” or “ask” since I’ve run that option into the ground now.

  24. MY SAMSUNG GALAXY FIT DOESN’T HAVE USB ULITITY!WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  25. there’s no “USB Utilities” in my galaxy y. how can i get “USB Utilities”? on my galaxy y?.

  26. Excellent. Life saver

    Thank you

    I will buy again for this.

  27. i didnt found that usb utilities menu on wireless and connection menu in my tab. how i suppose to do?

  28. New Galaxy ace user here, also not seeing USB utilities in the settings as described.. I have tried to connect my device with my Macbook via both USB and Bluetooth.

    It seems there is “something” missing in the smartphone programming because via Bluetooth (which paired fine with my computer, and I can use the Galaxy to Bluetooth pictures to other phones etc) I get the error message “this device does not have the necessary services” and using the USB it says that Kies does not recognise the device.

    It is obviously a problem with some of these Galaxy devices, seems crazy I can get music on an ancient Nokia but not on my smartphone which supposedly has the abilities to transfer and store music – just frustrated I can’t get it on my device any way I try.

  29. Hi,

    I am using a Galaxy S2, purchased some 2 months back, i used to connect my phone through USB by – Apps>settings>wireless>usb utilities>connect to PC storage> then connecting the USB. then the green robot… & so om, it used to get connected but now i dont know why the green robot doesnt appear.
    After clicking on Connect to PC storage, it asks to connect the cable, i connect the USB, there is the USB connection sound & that is it….it doesnt do anything!! the same screen with ‘connect to PC storage’ button stays..
    i even tried connecting USB without this setting, i.e. directly connecting the USB – it says ‘MTP connected’ in the status bar, charging starts but no mass storage.

    Please help!!

    • Rohan,

      I am having the same problem
      SAMSUNG GALAXY S2
      MODEL GT-I9100G
      ANDROID 2.3.6
      KERNEL 2.6.35.7
      BUILD NUMBER GINGERBREAD.DZKJ2

      PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME ITS DRIVING ME INSANE :(

    • Hi,

      Even I had the same issue,but its resolved…it seems that there is a problem while safely removing USB device from pc.Just restart your phone and pc,go to Apps>settings>wireless>usb utilities>click on connect to PC storage> then connect the USB to pc>Click on connect USB storage…There you go Orange Robot appears i.e your phone is connected.
      Now while disconnecting your phone from pc…>first click on Disconnect storage from pc on your phone >Then safely remove usb device on your pc….if you disconnect the other way,the same problem will occur again and you will have to restart your phone to connect to pc.

  30. i hav a sumsung galaxy y mobile…I m nt getting any usb utility option in wireless and network menu..so pls help me out..

  31. I have galaxy s2 phone and I want connect to my external usb drive. I bought micro usb convertor samsung brand and followed ur instructions but do not conect. It says usb connected safely remove drive. I tried many times to fix the problem but failed. Could u help me fix the problem?

  32. i’ve followed the instructions in this forum and several others including my carrier’s website.

    i get to the point where i’m told to plug the usb line in. but when i do that, it just starts charging my phone. it doesn’t recognize recognize it as a USB line so it keeps the message up instructing me to plug the USB in.

    no other solutions have worked either – enabling USB debugging, plugging in the cable while its off and then turning it on… i’ve tried everything from every forum.

    sux.

  33. When i open usb utilities and hit connect then plug in usb it starts charging never get robot and cant transfer files whats going on? GS2I777

  34. i dont get the usb utilities option under wireless and networks

    • what are the options you find?

      • I click the mass storage usb option. Then i pull down notifications and all I see is wi fi, bluetooth, gps, vibration and auto rotation. There is no usb option. I tried download the kies thing and then switching it to the kies option and the kies program doesn’t admit the device is there. So with either option I can’t get the computer to recoganize I plugged in my galaxy 4.0 mp3 player. so frustrated have tried for 3 hours to fix this and be able to put music on.

  35. My Android doesn’t have a “USB utilities” On it so o can’t access my usb -___- Help ?

  36. I followed these steps and finally it worked, but here’s the thing. I recently had to replace my galaxy s2. The first one automatically popped up the android guy and prompted me to connect when I simply plugged in my phone to my computer. Now that I’ve switched to another galaxy s2, I don’t get that prompt. Instead, I have to go through all the menus first, click the button to tell it I want to connect to my PC and then it prompts me to actually insert my usb cable. Then it will show me another screen, the one I’m used to seeing with the android guy and the button to connect for storage.

    How can I make it pop up automatically whenever I plugin my usb cable? Any help is most appreciated. Thanks!

  37. Hey, thanks for the advice. Because this column is advice for beginners could you please explain what ‘mount’ actually means? I mean, why this term was used by the designers. Because getting the message \please mount SD card\ puts me in mind of the old joke:

    An elderly woman walks into a taxidermist with two dead cats.
    \They are much-loved family pets,\ she says.
    \Would you like them mounted?\ asks the taxidermist.
    \No thanks, I will have them side by side.\

    I cannot do this with my SD card.

  38. It repeatedly says ‘USB is connected. Remove the cable’, even after multiple tries.. Please help

  39. To everyone who didn’t find any “USB Utilities” option :
    1) Connect USB cable to your computer…
    2) Try to Locate “Notifications” (for my 2.3.1 tablet it is in Home – press “Menu” and it is there)…
    3) check out for Notification item with text “USB connected” (in mine tablet it is “There is a problem using SD card for USB mass storage”, “USB connected”) – press it, and you should see a button “Turn on USB storage”.
    Cheers !

  40. Hi, just to clarify further and bug u :P how to move applications to USB storage in SGS2? i thought the procedure you mentioned here should move the applications installed in device (phone) memory to USB storage but it did not. Please share the procedure if you know for SGS2-GT-9100G. Thnx

  41. Restarted, but still of no use. Seems like samsung has missed this option on GS2 :( plz help if possible

  42. Hi Pradeep, i am facing the same issue that i cannot move applications to USB storage. I have followed the procedure that you have mentioned, when the green robot appeared, i disconnected the USB cable and tried to move application to USB storage, but it did not work on my GT-I9100G. Please help

  43. I don t have usb utilities

  44. I don t have usb utilities on my andorib

  45. I don t have usb utilities on my andorid what do i do then

  46. I don’t have usb utilities on my andorid what do i do then

  47. In Samsung Galaxy Fit USB Tethering is found under Tethering and portable hotspot

  48. i did all of the above and got to usb mass storage screen, i clicked connect storage to usb and it says connect usb cable to use mass storage. so i did and clicked connect to storage to pc again, but it says usb is connected. remove the cable. what is wrong?

  49. The same problem! when i mount the card, the i move the application to SD card, it goes to the sd card i mounted.
    Once i un mount this card and try to move the application from device storage to sd storage (which should be now usb storage) i get the same message : insert SD card!
    This is not normal, i dont understand why i cant move applications to usb storage

  50. i read all what you wrote…
    My problem is that when i got my phone and i installed applications, i had the possibility to move applications from memory device to SD card (which is after all USB internal storage)… After that i put a card in my cell and i tried to see how it works in order to understand the “whole memory precess” . i found out that when you have a card in your cell, the transfer goes to this card…
    My problem appeared when i removed this card, so now i have “device memoy” and “usb storage” only. i tried to install an application and move it to sd ( which is now usb storage) , i have the answer: your phone doesn’t have SD card. insert SD card!!!!!!!!!
    so now i dont know how to solve this problem ( how to move from device to usb storage)!!!
    Please help!!:(

  51. Hey neal.. I have my galaxy ace and there is no usb utilities option. Im on gingerbread 2.3.4

  52. i have done all of that yet it still doesnt work!! what is wrong with my phone? and how can i fix it please help???

    • Did you follow the step mentioned above? In which step you are strucked.
      Its better if you post some screenshot so that we can help you better. Make use of Android Advices Forums to get good response.

  53. Hello,
    I’m following the procedure just as you say, but the Galaxy Ace doesn’t have the “USB Utilities” option, do you know any other way to use this smartphone as a usb devie?
    Thanks a lot for your time.

  54. I have an issue connecting th SGS2 (android 2.3.3) to my Asus Transformer (android 3.2.1) through USB. I follow all steps in the process, but after seeing the green android I cannot find my SGS2 on the tablet. I tried using USB debugging option as well, also didnt work.

    Other issue is that I can make a bluetooth connection, but I cannot exchange anything, since Phone and tablet don’t seem te get connected (event though they do get ‘wired’).

    Hope that someone can help me with these frustratiing issues.

  55. there is no such option (USB utilities) on galaxy ace gt s5830

  56. i think ur idea doesn’t work for my Samsung Galaxy Fit

  57. Hello, I also have a brand new Samsumg Galaxy S2 and have followed all steps but I still cannot connect my phone to usb. Please help!

  58. neal there is no usb utilities option on the samsung galaxy aceany other way of doing it?

  59. The Samsung Galaxy fit does not have the USB Utilities Option.How do i use mass storage on this?
    Please help!!!

  60. Thank you a lot.i Have been sturggling with this for sometime..Kudos.

  61. I have a samsung galaxy ace and there is usb utilities option under the wireless and network menu. I wish to enable the usb option as well. Would you mind helping me?

  62. Hai Neal

    Thanks for this tutorial. I have a question though I am not sure whether this is the suitable article to ask on.

    How to install or move my apps from system storage to internal storage in Galaxy S2? The system storage has only limited space and I would like to fully utilize my internal storage.

    Have you ever covered this topic? if you have, please give me the link. Thanks!

  63. no such menu in LG-P500h

  64. I own galaxy s2. i would like to know the real diff. and advantages of storing between the device storage and the usb storage. most of all my apps are now on the device storage according to the phone. would it be bettrr if i sent them thru to thr usb storage?
    Plz. help

  65. Hi,

    I am using HTC Inspire 4G and i didnt find USB Utilities under Wireless&netword section. Could you please provide me necessary steps for HTC Inspire 4G

    • but couldn’t you find the option after reading the above mentioned article?

      • Yes Pradeep, I am able to go Wireless & networks, but USB utilities is not there under Wireless & networks. i am able to see only Airplane mode, Wi-fi, Wi-fi settings, Bluetooth, Bluetooth settings, Prtable Wi-fi hotspot, Prtable Wi-fi hotspot settings, VPN settings, Mobile network, Mobile networks, USB tethering, Internet Pass-through.

        Please help me.

  66. The option “USB Utilities” is not shown on my Galaxy Ace. Also I keep getting the message “getting Low on Phone storage remove programs” but I don’t have much on my phone. I have a utility App2SD and 1Tap cleaner that I use but I only have 7 apps on the Phone and none are movable to the 16gb Sd card. I am told that I have 180.9MB total on the SD and 19.14mb available on the phone. Ant help would be appreciated. I also have a problem of the phone turning its self off frequently.

  67. Thanks for the tip. This is what I’ve been looking for all this while!

  68. No mention of “USB Utilities” on Milestoene 2, under “Wireless and Network” or anywhere else

  69. Dear Neal

    In Galaxy Ace GT S 5380 when you connect the cable it automatically activates the green Robot. USB Mass storage is in built I think. If I am wrong please correct me. Thank you. Bye

      • hey bro! previously when i used to connect my xperia x10 to my car stereo i used to get by default the option of mounting or no. But in my xperia S i am not getting any such option. how do i get the mounting option on my car stereo so that i can hear music. thanks. pls help

  70. Procedure given to enable USB connection on Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 can not be used for other android devices. Not atleast on my samsung galaxy ACE. Pls check.

  71. i cant use it, i do all the steps
    its tells me “USB IS CONNECTED. REMOVE THE CABLE

  72. very nice and handy tutorial for every android users.