Mount Android Device in Linux

By | 2010/08/01

How do I mount my Android phone in Linux?
Android phones and devices attach via usb as a generic mass storage device. This makes Android compatible with pretty much any operating system, without the need of any additional software or drivers.


(Spoiler: There is an alternative to using USB. Just use AndFTP to sftp your files to / from your device! It’s free.)


Unfortunately you cannot just plug in the device out of the box to start browsing your files. You must do these steps:

First go to Settings and tap on Applications.

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Next, tap on USB settings and be sure to set USB to mass storage.

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Now go back to the previous Applications menu and choose Development.

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Here check the top box USB debugging.

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Ok, now plug in your device with the USB cable. Android does not mount automatically. You must slide down your notification window, then tap on ‘USB connected’.

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This prompts you to select ‘Mount’ which will then mount your device in Linux (or other operating systems).

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But wait! Android is so awesome that there is another way to get files to / from your device. Just use this free app: AndFTP.