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    Default PC recognizes Nexus but then I can't access my storage

    I went to transfer some files from my PC the other day for the first time on my nexus, and the drivers installed fine. When I searched for my device under 'my PC' it wouldn't appear. I tried switching between media and storage, disconnecting and reconnecting, switching USB ports. Nothing worked.

    PLEASE HELP :-(

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    Default Re: PC recognizes Nexus but then I can't access my storage

    I have the same problem, but in my case I installed Startup Manager. Under this app there was a "media storage" (i believe this is the name) which I disable at start up. I went back in and enable it for start up and my nexus finally showed up on my pc.
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    Have you tried to enable your phone as a media device? Settings ->Storage -> Menu in the Upper R Corner -> USB Computer Connection is MTP selected?
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    Default Re: PC recognizes Nexus but then I can't access my storage

    I had a similar issue. Windows was installing an old driver for the original Google Nexus built by Samsung. Had to download and manually update the driver. Try the instructions here.
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    1. make sure Settings ->Storage -> Menu[3 dots on top right] -> USB Computer Connection is MTP
    2. USB debugging is disabled (if you ever enabled it)
    3. make sure the drivers installed is MTP drivers rather than adb device(you do this when you unlock/root nexus)
    point 3 is important. thats the reason why its not getting detected
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    1. make sure Settings ->Storage -> Menu[3 dots on top right] -> USB Computer Connection is MTP
    2. USB debugging is disabled (if you ever enabled it)
    3. make sure the drivers installed is MTP drivers rather than adb device(you do this when you unlock/root nexus)
    point 3 is important. thats the reason why its not getting detected
    2. Where in setting do I check for USB debugging?

    3. How do I check this? (I'm not rooted)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttwiitch View Post
    2. Where in setting do I check for USB debugging?

    3. How do I check this? (I'm not rooted)

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    2. developer option.. if you have not enabled developer option then you wouldnt have enabled USB debugging. so skip this

    3. Connect your nexus to PC-->Go to Control panel-->device manager

    you will see something like Android adb in device manager
    Right Click and click "Update device Software"
    Click "Browse your Computer for driver Software"
    Click "Let me Pick from a list of device drivers on my Computer"
    Click Next, for the device list shown.
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    2. USB debugging is disabled (if you ever enabled it)
    stil1, why would you want to do this? It doesn't interfere with Windows seeing the phone and could be quite helpful some day if the phone ever gets bricked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttwiitch View Post
    I went to transfer some files from my PC the other day for the first time on my nexus, and the drivers installed fine. When I searched for my device under 'my PC' it wouldn't appear.
    Go to device manager, and look to see if Android device has an exclamation mark next to it - or if it installed correctly. If it didn't install correctly, go to and download the drivers from there - read more at
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    Thanks for all the replies. I will try this as soon as I get home from work and report back. Thanks again.
    :-)

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    Default Re: PC recognizes Nexus but then I can't access my storage

    If all else fails you can take a look at a wireless solution, suck as WiFi Explorer or Air Droid. Connects with your home wifi and you are able to browse the device via pc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    2. developer option.. if you have not enabled developer option then you wouldnt have enabled USB debugging. so skip this

    3. Connect your nexus to PC-->Go to Control panel-->device manager

    you will see something like Android adb in device manager
    Right Click and click "Update device Software"
    Click "Browse your Computer for driver Software"
    Click "Let me Pick from a list of device drivers on my Computer"
    Click Next, for the device list shown.
    I could access the Nexus 5 through adb and when it's in the bootloader/recovery but I could never get it to show up and access its storage and this worked. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by patruns View Post
    stil1, why would you want to do this? It doesn't interfere with Windows seeing the phone and could be quite helpful some day if the phone ever gets bricked.
    windows sometime act weird when USB debugging is selected, even when the drivers are right... i have seen few people have this issue
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    windows sometime act weird when USB debugging is selected, even when the drivers are right... i have seen few people have this issue
    The reverse is also true. I have ADB issues with MTP enabled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    2. developer option.. if you have not enabled developer option then you wouldnt have enabled USB debugging. so skip this

    3. Connect your nexus to PC-->Go to Control panel-->device manager

    you will see something like Android adb in device manager
    Right Click and click "Update device Software"
    Click "Browse your Computer for driver Software"
    Click "Let me Pick from a list of device drivers on my Computer"
    Click Next, for the device list shown.
    Wow! ... Thanks, saved me ... all I would add is:

    Click MTP, as opposed to ADB, and update
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    2. developer option.. if you have not enabled developer option then you wouldnt have enabled USB debugging. so skip this

    3. Connect your nexus to PC-->Go to Control panel-->device manager

    you will see something like Android adb in device manager
    Right Click and click "Update device Software"
    Click "Browse your Computer for driver Software"
    Click "Let me Pick from a list of device drivers on my Computer"
    Click Next, for the device list shown.
    This did the trick! Settings were a bit different but I found it :-)

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    Very nice!
    Works on my Nexus 5. Thanks and best regards.

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