Can't paste files from computer to mobile.

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When I try pasting stuff in my mobile the paste button is unhighlighted which means its unclickable. I believe the reason is that there is a notification on my mobile which concerns USB file transfer when I click on it shows that my mobile is in 'control' but when I try making my pc in control it says 'couldn't switch'. I can copy and paste stuff from my mobile to my pc.

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Welcome to Android Central! If you're trying to transfer files from the PC to your phone, don't use the copy/paste function -- that's for text. Connect the phone via USB, then swipe down the notification panel, tap the USB notification, and make sure MTP/File Transfer is selected. Then use Windows File Explorer to copy the files from the PC hard drive to the phone's storage.

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And remember, you have to copy before you have something to paste. Even if you have a file highlighted in the PC, you can't paste it to the phone until you copy it. (Dragging it to the phone window is a lot easier. Just open an Explorer window for the phone, open whatever folder you want to paste the file in, then drag and drop. [Don't do too many files at once - that overheats the USB chip and causes the copy to fail.])