1. jcm129's Avatar
    I would like to be able to connect an SD card (via a card reader) to my Nexus 7 and download photos. I have a cable to connect my card reader to my Nexus, and I have Nexus Media Importer which my Nexus recognises, but when I put the SD card in the reader and connect it to the Nexus no photos appear. I'm wondering if this is to do with the formatting of the card? If so, how should I proceed? If not, what else would work? I would be very grateful for any help.
    09-28-2012 02:43 PM
  2. MJKearney's Avatar
    Does Nexus Media Importer show other media on the card, like mp3 or avi, or is it just jpg that it doesn't show?

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    09-28-2012 02:50 PM
  3. jcm129's Avatar
    nexus Media Importer doesn't show any files at all.

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    nexus Media Importer doesn't show any files at all.
    09-28-2012 03:05 PM
  4. MJKearney's Avatar
    nexus Media Importer doesn't show any files at all.
    When you insert the OTG cable with your card reader attached, there should be something near the top of NMI that says: USB Device, and underneath that something like /dev/bus/usb/002/002 15.6GB FAT32 (the last part of that depending on the size and formatting of your card).

    If you don't see that after pressing the scan button again, then the card reader isn't being recognized. Either the card reader isn't compatible or the OTG cable is bad. Also, make sure you insert the card into the reader before attaching the reader to your Nexus 7.

    Oh, I almost forgot. Your original post mentioned formatting. Yes, the card or USB drive must be formatted as FAT32, FAT16, or NTFS.

    And if you haven't done so already, try rebooting your N7.

    If it does show the USB device, then, uh, it's something else?!

    For photos, NMI can only read jpg and Canon or Nikon raw files, so if you have something other than those, I'd assume that they wouldn't show up. Also, you might want to try the developer's other app, Nexus Photo Viewer, to see if that works. It's a free app.

    That's about all I can think of for now. Let us know if any of these ideas worked or if you found another solution.

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    jcm129 likes this.
    09-29-2012 02:16 AM
  5. MJKearney's Avatar
    Also, a new version of NMI (3.1.1) was just released today. One improvement stated was "Better support for multi-slot readers". Perhaps this will make a difference for you.

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    09-29-2012 04:20 PM
  6. jcm129's Avatar
    My card reader still doesn't work with my new OTG cable. However, the very good news is that I can now connect my camera to my Nexus 7 and import my photos directly from that with Nexus Media Importer. Hooray!

    Thank you for your guidance. My card reader is old and a multi one so I'll replace that and try again to read SD cards because that's a good way of transferring music and other files...
    MJKearney likes this.
    10-01-2012 08:38 AM
  7. Bonsor48's Avatar
    Hi jcm129,
    Now that you can successfully download your photos from your camera, could you tell me how you connect your camera to the Nexus 7 to make this work?
    To be specific, if you are using a connecting cable, what are the the two connecting end types and where do they plug into?
    I have a Canon T4i and I would like to do the same downloading too. Thanks in advance for sharing.
    02-09-2014 12:58 AM

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