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  1. paker

    paker Newbie
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    I have 2 phones. One is 4.0.4 and the other is 4.2.1. When I connect 4.0.4 to PC, the phone prompts to start PC Companion (software). But when I connect 4.2.1 to PC, the phone pops a button "TURN ON USB MASS STORAGE" Once I touch the button, I can browse both the phone memory and SD card. I can move files between PC and SD card. Is this a standard feature of 4.2.1? I just wonder if I can get the same feature once I upgrade the other phone to 4.2.1. Thanks.

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  2. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Android Expert

    I thought 4.0.4 and 4.2.1 used MTP to connect as a Media Device rather than supporting Mass Storage - that's kinda old skool which basically connects your internal storage to the PC as an external drive while making it unavailable to the phone.

    Has the phone been rooted, maybe ..?
  3. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    No, USB mass storage is not a standard feature anymore. Sony still adds it to their phones though. It would really help if people mention their phones.
  4. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    MTP is great and all..... until you use an OS other than Windows. Then you appreciate having the choice.
  5. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Google has an Android File Transfer app for Mac OSX. Works nicely on mine, though I've heard that it doesn't for everyone.

    It's well beyond ironic how poorly android supports file transfer to Linux. USB mass storage definitely had it's merits!
  6. paker

    paker Newbie
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    If USB MASS STORAGE didn't come with 4.2.1, could it be from one of the apps I downloaded from Google Play? The 3 apps I have are Airdroid, MapFactor navigator, and MySword (Bible program).
  7. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    No an app cant add that to the system. As said before, its ROM level. The manufacturer added it in. What are the devices you own? Specific names.
  8. itsallgood

    itsallgood Android Expert

    I have a SGS4 now and miss the USB Mass Storage selection. (Have it on my Atrix 4G) It made it easier to transfer pictures from my phone to computer using the Kodak program. Now I have to save the files to a folder I created on the computers desktop, open the Kodak program, then select that folder with the pictures in it. But I do like the fact that I can still use the stuff on the internal storage and SD card though.
  9. paker

    paker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    It is ThL W100, a Chinese phone, not a top tier Chinese. I tested it with and without Airdroid. I uninstalled Airdroid, and the phone didn't pop "Turn on USB Mass Storage". Reinstalled Airdroid, and the phone popped the message.

    By the way, my PC's are Ubuntu (Linux), not Windows.

    I will install Airdroid on 4.0.4 (Sony Xperia Arc) and see if I get the same prompt.

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