Android 101.02: Mass Storage/Using Your Phone as a USB Drive

One of the nifty features about your new phone is the ability to use it like a flash drive. You can store files on it, transfer photos and videos to and from it, etc. This will help you manage all of the files on your phone. Hit the break to learn more.

You learned last time that having a file manager on your phone can be great for installing .apk’s on your phone. It also can be used to move and organize things, but doing so is more tedious than doing it on your computer. So how can you connect it to your computer? It’s rather simple really. The only thing confusing about it is is that different phones do it slightly differently. The good news is is that it’s all pretty similar. For you HTC Sense users, plugging your phone into the computer will prompt you with a “what do you want to do” menu when you look at your phone. There’s an options to mount it as a disk drive/mass storage. Selecting that option will allow you to connect your phone to your computer. If you’re an AOSP phone (plain Android) you’ll get a notification saying that USB is connected. If you select that you’ll be taken to an option to allow it enable mass storage. Selecting that will mount your phone like a USB drive. In fact, most devices use this method (including Motorola’s DROID series). If your phone isn’t one of those it is likely it’ll still follow the same general setup. You’ll plug it in and you’ll see a notification in your notification bar. Selecting that notification will allow you to mount your SD card or enable it for mass storage; they mean the same thing. Always remember to have USB debugging installed as well!

Two lessons down. That was easy, wasn’t it?

About the Author: Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield was born and raised in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. He is currently attending THE Ohio State University where he is majoring in Honors Industrial & Systems Engineering. He was allowed to pick a smartphone for college and has been surgically attached to his Evo ever since. When not playing around with his phone, Andrew enjoys playing frisbee, football, soccer, Super Smash Bros, fixing the technology for the technologically impaired, and making fun of M*chigan fans.

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