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    Angry Can't view device files even when connected via USB

    Using a Google Nexus 5 here, got it about a month ago. A couple weeks ago I was able to plug in my phone to the computer and view its files. Now the device fails to be recognized by the computer, no matter what I try.

    Here's my steps:

    1. I plug in the Micro USB side into my phone
    2. I plug in the USB side into my laptop. At this stage I hear the sound (from my laptop) indicating that a USB device has been plugged in. On my phone, it shows that its charging and that it is "Connected as a media device."
    3. When I open Windows Explorer, I only see two drives: C:/ and D:/. There is no Google Nexus 5 drive (should be E:/)
    4. I see an icon on my laptop, "Safely remove hardware" I open Devices and Printers, and there it is, the Nexus 5 device
    5. I have ALSO tried going to Developer options, enabling USB debugging, but to no avail


    I've restarted my phone, still didn't work. Unplugged and plugged in again, still not working.

    I am, however, able to transfer files via Bluetooth.

    I am using Android 4.4.4 and Windows 8.1, if that helps. Once again, both my phone and my laptop seem to recognize that my phone is plugged in and connected via MTP. Even so. I cannot access any files.
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    Default Re: Can't view device files even when connected via USB

    Welcome to Android Central! I assume you've also tried rebooting the laptop, correct? I've noticed that sometimes it can take a little while (like 30 seconds or so) for the phone to actually show up in Windows Explorer. How long have you waited?
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    Default Re: Can't view device files even when connected via USB

    I have now waited more than 2 minutes and nothing has showed up. Still only see the C and D drives. Also restarted my computer, but had no effect.
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    Default Re: Can't view device files even when connected via USB

    I wonder if it has to do with the recent bad Windows Update patch. Go to your Windows Device Manager--do you see a device called "Acer ADB Device"? If so, see my other post about this: Nexus 5 connecting via USB as wrong device
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    Default Re: Can't view device files even when connected via USB

    Thank you SO MUCH, indeed the Acer ADB device showed up. I uninstalled it and Nexus 5 is now connecting beautifully.
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    Awesome! Grrr, microSOOOOOOOFT!!!! [shaking fist in air]

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