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Troubleshooting Droid Transfer USB Connection

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Troubleshooting Droid Transfer USB Connection

In the vast majority of cases, you can simply connect your USB cable to your Android and your PC to establish a connection with Droid Transfer. This is detailed in our Droid Transfer quick-start guide.

If you're having difficulties with this type of connection, please perform the troubleshooting steps below.

How to ensure a successful USB connection with Droid Transfer

  1. While using Droid Transfer make sure your phone remains on, and the Transfer Companion app is visible on your phone's screen - don't return to your home-screen or switch to another app.
    Transfer Companion welcome screen
  2. Please don't scan the QR code in Droid Transfer when connecting using a USB connection. Scanning the QR code is only needed when connecting over Wi-Fi.
  3. Disable mobile data on your Android device while using Droid Transfer. Having mobile data enabled could interfere even with a wired connection. Mobile data can be re-enabled after disconnecting from Droid Transfer.
  4. Check that your Windows Firewall is configured correctly. Please see the instructions on how to configure Windows Firewall to allow Droid Transfer to connect to your phone.
  5. Some connection issues can also be resolved by restarting your PC and Android device and trying again.
  6. Check you are using the latest version of both Droid Transfer AND Transfer Companion.
    This can be checked by going to Settings -> Updates from within the software. You can update Droid Transfer for free here.
    The latest version of Transfer Companion is available from the Google Play Store.
  7. Check the USB configuration on your Android device. To find this, swipe down from the top of the screen on your Android device and tap the 'Charging this device via USB' notification. Finally, in USB Preferences, under 'Use USB for' select 'File Transfer'.
    Set USB file transfer option
  8. Check that your Android device is being found in Windows File Explorer when it is connected. If your device does not show here, it is likely that there is an issue with the USB cable, USB port or USB drivers.
    If the phone is not detected by the computer, try a different USB cable for the connection. You'll need to use a USB cable which supports data transfer, as opposed to charging-only.
    Also try connecting the cable into a different USB port in your computer in case there is a problem which the port you were trying.
  9. Finally, check that your device's USB drivers are installed on your PC. You should be able to download your relevant device's USB driver from the manufacturer's website. For example, I could download a Samsung Galaxy USB driver from Samsung's website, or LG Universal Mobile Drivers from LG's website. Please ensure that Droid Transfer is closed on your PC during the installation, and then relaunch it once the drivers have been installed.
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