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  1. Kevin McMahon2's Avatar
    I could easily do it with my Pixel 5 but when I click on a file in my Pixel 7 Pro, and then hit "move to" or "copy to" I don't get an option to save to my flash drive only internal storage. When connected, my phone recognizes the flash drive and I can search it through Google files. I just can't transfer files to it
    11-22-2022 10:30 AM
  2. VidJunky's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central.

    It's interesting that it isn't as straight forward as it was previously. I don't have a Pixel device so I can't really step you through it step by step but we have a Pixel forum where other users might be able to do just that. We can request to move this to that forum, @mustang7757 @B. Diddy, and in the meantime you could sign up so that you can respond to our questions and comments and leave your own.

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    11-22-2022 10:43 AM
  3. Kevin McMahon2's Avatar
    Thank you Vidjunky. I did sign up and would be happy to have my question moved to the appropriate thread.
    11-22-2022 11:13 AM
  4. mustang7757's Avatar
    Welcome to AC!
    I moved this to Pixel 7 Forum, and made you post owner
    11-22-2022 11:30 AM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    Haven't tried a flash drive on my pixel, have you tried rebooting the phone ? Sometimes that fixes weird issues.
    11-22-2022 11:32 AM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! I've never used a USB drive either, so I may not be much help either. Have you tried other file managers, like Total Commander?
    11-22-2022 06:41 PM
  7. Jeremy8000's Avatar
    How is the flash drive formatted? I believe it has to be FAT32 for Android to play nice with it.
    11-22-2022 06:45 PM
  8. Kevin McMahon2's Avatar
    Thank you for your responses. @Jeremy8000, I don't know how the flash drive is formatted. I do know that my Pixel 7 Pro recognizes it and I can access it's files from the phone. I was also able to download files from my Pixel 5 directly into this same flash drive. For some reason, with the 7, when prompted as to where I want to move my files, only the internal storage comes up as an option. I can't figure it out
    11-22-2022 09:37 PM
  9. mustang7757's Avatar
    Thank you for your responses. @Jeremy8000, I don't know how the flash drive is formatted. I do know that my Pixel 7 Pro recognizes it and I can access it's files from the phone. I was also able to download files from my Pixel 5 directly into this same flash drive. For some reason, with the 7, when prompted as to where I want to move my files, only the internal storage comes up as an option. I can't figure it out
    By any chance are the files in safe folder ?
    I would try like B. Diddy mentioned also trying Total Commander file manager
    11-22-2022 11:46 PM
  10. Jeremy8000's Avatar
    Thank you for your responses. @Jeremy8000, I don't know how the flash drive is formatted. I do know that my Pixel 7 Pro recognizes it and I can access it's files from the phone. I was also able to download files from my Pixel 5 directly into this same flash drive. For some reason, with the 7, when prompted as to where I want to move my files, only the internal storage comes up as an option. I can't figure it out
    To my knowledge, there are no differences between the 7 and 7 Pro that would prevent one of them from addressing files on a USB drive that the other is able to, if all softwares are similar and similarly updated. That's a strange one.
    11-23-2022 11:28 AM
  11. mustang7757's Avatar
    To my knowledge, there are no differences between the 7 and 7 Pro that would prevent one of them from addressing files on a USB drive that the other is able to, if all softwares are similar and similarly updated. That's a strange one.
    I found this info the pro has usb 3.1 and 7 has 3.2 not sure how accurate that is from phone arena How do I transfer files directly from Pixel 7 Pro to a flash drive?-screenshot_20221123-114139.jpg
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    11-23-2022 11:43 AM
  12. Jeremy8000's Avatar
    I found this info the pro has usb 3.1 and 7 has 3.2 not sure how accurate that is from phone arena
    Unusual, especially in that the Pro would typically be anticipated to have the incremental upgrades.

    Still, if it worked for the OP's Pixel 5 (which also uses USB C 3.1), that shouldn't be a barrier.

    Of course, USB C nomenclature is a master class in incompetence as the same thing can have been labeled 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 at different times...
    How do I transfer files directly from Pixel 7 Pro to a flash drive?-usbc.png
    11-23-2022 11:59 AM
  13. mustang7757's Avatar
    Unusual, especially in that the Pro would typically be anticipated to have the incremental upgrades.

    Still, if it worked for the OP's Pixel 5 (which also uses USB C 3.1), that shouldn't be a barrier.

    Of course, USB C nomenclature is a master class in incompetence as the same thing can have been labeled 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 at different times...
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    I agree shouldn't be the barrier
    11-23-2022 12:03 PM
  14. hallux's Avatar
    I was curious about this. I'll start by saying I have a Pixel 7, not a 7 Pro. I plugged in a flash drive using the adapter that was in the box with my phone, I immediately got a pop-up from the file manager I have installed - Solid Explorer - asking if I wanted to open the file manager to do stuff with the USB drive. I did, selected a file and copied it right over to the USB drive.

    Now the curious part - I opened the Google files app and it sees the drive but it won't let me copy to it!
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    11-23-2022 12:55 PM
  15. mustang7757's Avatar
    I was curious about this. I'll start by saying I have a Pixel 7, not a 7 Pro. I plugged in a flash drive using the adapter that was in the box with my phone, I immediately got a pop-up from the file manager I have installed - Solid Explorer - asking if I wanted to open the file manager to do stuff with the USB drive. I did, selected a file and copied it right over to the USB drive.

    Now the curious part - I opened the Google files app and it sees the drive but it won't let me copy to it!
    Thanks for verifying
    Im going look for my usb c adapter to usb flash drive see what I find
    11-23-2022 12:59 PM
  16. B. Diddy's Avatar
    When you plug in the USB drive, do you see a notification in Files by Google asking you to Allow USB storage access? https://support.google.com/files/answer/9301516?hl=en
    11-23-2022 01:16 PM
  17. Kevin McMahon2's Avatar
    I was curious about this. I'll start by saying I have a Pixel 7, not a 7 Pro. I plugged in a flash drive using the adapter that was in the box with my phone, I immediately got a pop-up from the file manager I have installed - Solid Explorer - asking if I wanted to open the file manager to do stuff with the USB drive. I did, selected a file and copied it right over to the USB drive.

    Now the curious part - I opened the Google files app and it sees the drive but it won't let me copy to it!
    Hi Hallux. Thank you for the info. Maybe using File Manager will be an acceptable work-around. Your experience with transferring documents through Google files is exactly the problem I am trying to figure out. I did not have this issue with my Pixel 5 so I assume the effect was intentional.

    Thanks to everyone else for your generous responses
    11-23-2022 01:32 PM
  18. mustang7757's Avatar
    Did you get a message like this when u first inserted the usb ?How do I transfer files directly from Pixel 7 Pro to a flash drive?-screenshot_20221123-134927.jpg
    11-23-2022 01:50 PM
  19. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Hi Hallux. Thank you for the info. Maybe using File Manager will be an acceptable work-around. Your experience with transferring documents through Google files is exactly the problem I am trying to figure out. I did not have this issue with my Pixel 5 so I assume the effect was intentional.

    Thanks to everyone else for your generous responses
    Do you see any option to allow USB storage access in Files by Google, as mentioned in the link I previously shared?
    11-23-2022 01:54 PM
  20. Kevin McMahon2's Avatar
    When you plug in the USB drive, do you see a notification in Files by Google asking you to Allow USB storage access? https://support.google.com/files/answer/9301516?hl=en
    Hi B. Diddy. No, I do see a notification but it only asked to explore or eject. I received nothing from Google files asking for a ess permission. However, when I open files, the flash drive appears in the storage section and I can access it.
    11-23-2022 02:16 PM
  21. Kevin McMahon2's Avatar
    Did you get a message like this when u first inserted the usb ?Click image for larger version. 

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    Hi mustang7747. No, I never received a notification such as this
    11-23-2022 02:17 PM
  22. mustang7757's Avatar
    Hi mustang7747. No, I never received a notification such as this
    Can u try another usb stick?
    11-23-2022 02:26 PM
  23. Kevin McMahon2's Avatar
    Do you see any option to allow USB storage access in Files by Google, as mentioned in the link I previously shared?
    Hi B Diddy. I never received a request for permission to access in Google files. However, when I open files, the flash drive appears in the storage section and I can access the files on it. I just can't copy anything to the drive
    11-23-2022 02:52 PM
  24. Kevin McMahon2's Avatar
    These are my relevant screens. As can be seen, the flash drive is recognized in Google files. The second screenshot shows how after I select and then choose either "move to" or "copy to" only internal storage is an option.

    BTW, I have tried several flash drive with the same result
    Attached Thumbnails How do I transfer files directly from Pixel 7 Pro to a flash drive?-screenshot_20221123-144555.jpg   How do I transfer files directly from Pixel 7 Pro to a flash drive?-screenshot_20221123-144639.jpg  
    11-23-2022 03:02 PM
  25. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Have you tried a 3rd party file manager yet, like Total Commander?

    Are you able to move a file from the USB drive to​ Internal Storage?
    11-23-2022 03:37 PM
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