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asked 2016-08-03 11:46:20 -0500

sigurdsk gravatar image

Hi! I have an android phone i want to transfer files from to my workstation. I have looked at but had no luck finding it there. Can someone point me to the right program or site?

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answered 2016-08-03 16:14:11 -0500

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This question may have been asked before, but I'm reopening it because it's the first of two times you asked it. (The forum rules tell you not to post the same question more than once; if it doesn't show up, that just means that it's waiting for a moderator to approve it.) Also, I had the same trouble and want to tell you how I solved it.

First, install the software that makes it possible:

sudo dnf install -y gvfs-mtp

Then, on your Android device, go into the Settings for your Storage. Tap the three dots in the top right corner and select USB PC connection. (On my phone, it's the only choice.) Change it from Charge phone to Media device (MTP) and exit settings. Now, when you plug it into your PC, it will show up in your file manager's Side Pane instead of charging. If you want to charge your phone by USB, simply change it back to Charge phone.

If you need to do this by WiFi, I'm told that there's an Android app called File Manager HD that can do it, but I've never tried it. Good luck, and let us know if this helps.

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answered 2016-08-03 18:34:23 -0500

There are a few ways to transfer files to and from your computer. It should be configured already to do anything I recommend.

Did you try navigating to it in Files (Nautilus)? It should be an icon in the left pane.

The Android Debug Bridge can push files to/from your phone, but as you seem new I wouldn't recommend this.

PS - Telling us more information about what you have and what methods you've tried would really help us out.

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answered 2016-08-03 22:13:59 -0500

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updated 2017-02-03 07:07:00 -0500

You can use KDE Connect via Android and your Linux desktop. It even works with GNOME and other desktop environments, and not just KDE’s Plasma desktop. I wrote up a review of KDE Connect just some days ago.

The devices have to be on the same network for them to become available, and documentation isn’t great. It’s currently limited to only small files and can leave you with corrupt ones; but hey – it works for photos and other things you want to swap back and forth between your desktop and phone.

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answered 2016-08-04 01:18:03 -0500

install Samba in Fedora and ES File Explorer in Android.

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Samba needs alot of configuration for it to work?

sigurdsk gravatar imagesigurdsk ( 2016-08-04 04:51:18 -0500 )edit

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