1. RajaPee's Avatar
    I just upgraded from a GSI to a GSIII. With my old handset, I could transfer files between phone and computer (iMac) just by plugging the phone into my computer. I had the phone set as a storage device in settings. Now with the new handset, after plugging it into the computer, nothing happens. The phone does not show up on my desktop at all. The handset is set to Media device (MTP); there is a check mark next to this option. But still my iMac does not recognize the phone. I tried using Kies but I have NEVER had any luck with Kies. That is one CRAP piece of software! Any suggestions anyone?
    07-02-2012 09:59 AM
  2. jeffreii's Avatar
    While this is not exactly the plugged-in method you're looking for - I will mention that I haven't even bothered plugging my device into the computer (woohoo!)

    I have ES File Explorer and can access any of my shared drives from the phone using the wireless lan connection (new server, enter user/pass, see all the files!)

    ALSO you can use ES File Explorer in FTP mode and it will allow you to browse the files on your phone using your computer (works for my PC hopefully works for your mac). Simply enable it in ES and then open a browser (I prefer to use the windows/file explorer over the internet browsers, but both work) and enter your IP address/port (shown in ES).

    Both methods allow me to copy files to/from the phones internal storage and MicroSD with no wires needed. It took a few minutes to figure it out and now that I know what I'm doing it's a breeze.
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    07-02-2012 10:10 AM
  3. djdosage's Avatar
    If you read online its pretty simple. You need to download the app that allows you to connect it to a mac. Just google and download the application. Once its installed- you plug your phone in and run it off of the photo mode, not MTP.

    from here on out- every time you plug into the comp it automatically pops up

    Android.com
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    07-02-2012 11:41 AM
  4. neoflasher's Avatar
    If you read online its pretty simple. You need to download the app that allows you to connect it to a mac. Just google and download the application. Once its installed- you plug your phone in and run it off of the photo mode, not MTP.

    from here on out- every time you plug into the comp it automatically pops up

    Android.com
    Actually tried this and it didn't work for me.
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    07-02-2012 05:05 PM
  5. RajaPee's Avatar
    Thanks for your response mate. Which app are we talking about?
    07-02-2012 06:58 PM
  6. Cyber Warrior's Avatar
    Actually tried this and it didn't work for me.
    Put the phone in "camera PTP" mode... not MTP when using the android file transfer.
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    07-02-2012 07:11 PM
  7. jaymzb0nd's Avatar
    It's funny because I came on here for the same reason. I saw a pop up that said to use Samsung Kies for the PC to sync data but would rather do it like my previous phone by just plugging in and opening a folder.
    07-02-2012 07:15 PM
  8. djdosage's Avatar
    Put the phone in "camera PTP" mode... not MTP when using the android file transfer.
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    exactly what i told him to do
    07-02-2012 07:24 PM
  9. RajaPee's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply. Mate, I am a total newbie when it comes to android tech. Is there any way you could walk me through the process? I've already downloaded and installed ES File Explorer. I've gone into the program, and in the upper left of the menu I've clicked on LAN. What now?
    07-02-2012 07:55 PM
  10. calvin35's Avatar
    Did you try going into "developer options" and enabling USB debugging before connecting your phone to the computer?
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    07-02-2012 09:58 PM
  11. beh's Avatar
    I believe your problem with a cabled connection may be that you don't have the necessary Samsung device drivers installed. Check on the Samsung website for Mac drivers and install. Then you should see your phone and be able to drag and drop files either direction. Also, Kies used with a USB cable is more straight forward as to finding devices and has much more sync functionality than when used with WiFi or Bluetooth which may be why you are having trouble moving some types of files.
    07-02-2012 10:16 PM
  12. jeffreii's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply. Mate, I am a total newbie when it comes to android tech. Is there any way you could walk me through the process? I've already downloaded and installed ES File Explorer. I've gone into the program, and in the upper left of the menu I've clicked on LAN. What now?
    You click new and then choose server. It will pop up a box for your info. You really only need to enter a username and password (in a typical scenario...). That will be your computer's username/password. I'm not sure how difficult this will be if you're not familiar with network shares...and I am of no help if you're doing it on a mac.

    It's definitely easier, I think, to do it the other way and go into ES settings, remote settings, enable remote manage. Then open up your file explorer on the computer and enter the address listed under the "remote manage" box you clicked in ES. It should allow you to access your phone from the computer and add/remove files.
    07-03-2012 07:58 AM
  13. cnlson's Avatar
    or airdroid app in google play, you can text, browse pictures and files, contacts ect
    07-03-2012 09:02 AM
  14. Rev2010's Avatar
    ALSO you can use ES File Explorer in FTP mode and it will allow you to browse the files on your phone using your computer
    Didn't even know this and I've had ES File Explorer for a while now. Just tried this last night and it works totally awesome! I use Ubuntu Linux so I have the free gFTP installed. I think this is how I will transfer from now on.


    Rev.
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    07-03-2012 10:21 AM
  15. RajaPee's Avatar
    Did you try going into "developer options" and enabling USB debugging before connecting your phone to the computer?
    Hey Calvin35,

    That was the problem. I went into developer options and clicked on the debugging option. Then I had to connect as as Camera (PTP), and then it was all good! Thanks dude!
    07-04-2012 06:15 AM
  16. jeffreii's Avatar
    When you connect via USB you can go to the USB notification and click on it - it will give you an option to choose between MTP and PTP.
    07-04-2012 10:49 AM
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