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Enable "Media device (MTP)" USB mode on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and 5.0 (Lollipop)

Android "Media Device (MTP)" mode notificationSince I only wanted to charge my new Nexus 5 at work rather than having my phone content exposed to company hardware, I disabled "Media device (MTP)" USB mode there. This is actually easy since there is a shortcut in the notifications which let's you do just that.

The tricky part is to turn that back on when you are back home and want to connect your KitKat phone to your private computer. The system won't find the phone unless "USB computer connection" on your Android is either set to "Media device (MTP)" or "Camera (PTP)". The notifiction which used to be there in MTP mode is gone so there is no shortcut to get back to that setting.

Android "Storage" overview screenAfter looking for that setting for ages, going through every possible menu and exploring the deeps of Android 4.4, I was about to give up when I finally found the menu I was looking for, well hidden as a tiny "more options" button within the "Storage" overview screen.

Android "USB computer connection" settingsTouching that will finally bring you to the "USB computer connection" settings where you can choose either one of the available options to make your phone visible to your computer again.

I guess providing a "Select USB connection mode" notification with a shortcut to that screen would have been too easy.

Update 25.11.2014:

This issue is still present in Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and the solution is still the same. I will never understand why they reworked the user experience but didn't fix this annoying usability problem.

Update 15.10.2015:

Almost two years later, this issue has finally been fixed in Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) by introducing the previously missing notification which now allows the user to choose between "Charging only", "Transfer files (MTP)", "Transfer photos (PTP)" and "MIDI".

Samsung / Sony / <insert brand here> phone owners:
Please read the comments if you are having trouble finding the settings on your device. Some manufacturers go their own way in user interface design so everything looks and works a bit different. I cannot cover all those devices in this blog.


Chi-Yu's picture

I got no idea. Sorry.

Just a random user's picture

Thanks bro
same problem

Just a random user's picture

Thanks man, just another person who you saved :)

Just a random user's picture

they really have to make a better options menu and organize well as it should be

Wizard's picture

thanks, saved my bacon.

Just a random user's picture

Thanks! this saved my time

Arif's picture

Thanks so much!! :D

Bhuvanesh's picture

you are really really did a great job.... thank you so much

DAW's picture

Very helpful and useful. You saved me lots of time.
p.S. Your blog provider needs to make it easier to give a thumbs up rather than collecting hundreds of "thanks" comments.

Chi-Yu's picture

I am my own blog provider and I got Google+ and Twitter widget integration. I could add more services but I don't want to overload the site with rating buttons.

Just a random user's picture

This is great and solves my problem.

Just a random user's picture

thanku brother

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Elad's picture

Thank you so much my friend, searched a solution for that for ages as well.. got me really frustrated.

udai's picture

thanks, after 3 days i got it!:)

Alon Amsalem's picture

Thanks !

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santhosh's picture

Thank you. Good job.

Sudipan Sarkar's picture

got nothing else to say... you are a saviour....

Just a random user's picture

thanks a lot, u saved me from resetting my tablet ^^

Just a random user's picture

Thanks Man

ryan's picture

thank you so much for this..

VishNu's picture

Thanks It Worked.

Madhan's picture

oh bro ! thank you very much .i had a same problem i was breaking my head to resolve this issue
very good research .....

Just a random user's picture

Thank you very much!

matthy's picture

after disabling it to check out what it does it is totaly unable to find it back thx to you i found it!

nad's picture

Thanks bro

Donnie's picture

That would be the last menu I'd open. You've saved so much time for so much people!

Chi-Yu's picture

Yeah. That's one of the reasons why I created this blog. Sometimes, things are much more complicated than necessary. And if I can't change them, I can at least explain them to everyone else who gets confused.

Gowtham's picture

Thanks a bunch. I was going crazy!

SATYAPAL's picture

thank you so much buddy.....................
really good man i am searching every for these option but not found, thanks once again....

Mr Super Grateful's picture

Saved me a lot of trouble. Had tried for over an hour.

Just a random user's picture

Tnx friend for sharing

nigelhaterenheem's picture

ridiculous place to put an option that vital to connecting your device to the PC. Been looking for it for ages

Ramesh's picture

Dear Author,
My HP 7 Plus tablet is unable to explore the files on windows 7 after connecting with MTP but showing the options on desktop when connected to PTP.
Please help i want store my tablet files on PC and also transfer few files even to tablet...

Chi-Yu's picture

I don't have a HP 7 Plus tablet so I can't help you. Maybe someone else can.

shreyas's picture

you saved my life dude!

sunil's picture

You saved my life!!! thank you thank you thank you...:)

Just a random user's picture

Thanks!!! so much bro u save my life

Just a random user's picture

THANK YOU!!!! I searched for 30 minutes. So silly!!!

Just a random user's picture

Thank you for the tip! I was searching it for an hour ><

Just a random user's picture

Thank you!!

Amit Kumar's picture

I browsed all possible options in menu and finally this forum helped me to achieve, I was looking for.

Thanks a ton!!


Luiz Nörnberg's picture

One of the coolest things with the internet is that you always find someone who had the same problem that you - and fortunately, solved it. Thank you very much for sparing me many minutes looking for this option!

GI's picture

You saved me too. Searched through the storage menu twice before I read your post.

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Just a random user's picture

You saved my life man, wasted so many goddamn years.....

Chi-Yu's picture

Years? Jesus? This problem really seems to drive people insane.

SRB's picture

This is a real savior!! I was struggling with this also for so many days after I disabled MTP on my N4 for some reason! Many thanks!!


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