Connect Galaxy S4 to Xbox 360 as Mass Storage?

Alex Pearce

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Ok so before I upgraded my phone, I had a cheap piece of crap phone that still ran an older version on Android. Well, with that crap phone, I was able to plug it into my Xbox 360 and I would scroll over to the Video tab, click on System Video Player, and my phone would be listed as a USB Storage Device. I was then able to watch movies or TV shows that I had downloaded. So, I tried plugging my Galaxy S4 into the Xbox and nothing happened. I thought I would be able to do the same thing as my other phone... Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to change something in the settings to enable it? Or are the new Android phones just not able to do this anymore?

BTW I did enable file sharing and was able to play the videos through the wifi network I'm guessing... But that was on the PS3 because the Xbox I'm using at the moment is a very old one (one of the firsts) and does not have a wifi adapter. This wouldn't be a problem, but the video lags and then eventually just stops playing.

So, can I watch movies with my phone plugged into the Xbox via a USB cable? If not, how can I watch movies through the wifi network, but have the videos playing without any lag? (If this is the only option, I would need instructions for the PS3 only.)
 
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The mass storage option does not exist, unless you wiss to root and use 3rd party apps and even than it only reads off SD card

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Yeah I did some more research and found that most devices use DLNA. I understand that a lot of people do things wirelessly, but that's not always foolproof. I was able to connect it wirelessly to the PS3, but there was such a huge lag. It really irritates me that the option is no longer available. Oh well, I guess I'm going to have to give up $30 and buy one of those HDMI cables that I can plug into my TV from my phone.

Do you, or anyone else, know why they stopped including this option in the new phones?
 

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With the way the new file format they have things don't have to be partitioned, we lost mass storage but got better usage of the memory we have, an option I use for streaming to ps3 is ps3 media server it needs a computer though and at least the computer or ps3 (preferably both) connected by wire, there is a media share app on the play store haven't used it though, but best way to stop lag while stream is with a wired connection

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If there's a lag when using DLNA it's most likely a router configuration problem. Since you're just using the router to stream through it, there shouldn't be a noticeable lag if your router can handle decent speeds. Unless, of course, you have a ton of devices transferring data at the same time, in which case, most routers can let you give priority to DLNA-like packets.

Update: I've read a bit and it seems the XBox 360 SHOULD be able to read MTP devices (the default USB mode your phone goes into). But many seem to be having issues with the new X Box dashboard (whatever that is, I don't actually own one). So, I'd suggest to try again? Your phone can also switch to "Camera Mode" (or PTP), maybe that'll work?
 

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